Norths lead shield comp

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Norths are lead­ing the Swin­dale Shield com­pe­ti­tion af­ter thump­ing Wainuiomata 36-5.

And a win against Old Boys Uni­ver­sity this week­end would put Norths in a good po­si­tion to win the first round.

With both Norths and Wainuiomata sit­ting in the top four, the bat­tle for the Alf Keat­ing Me­mo­rial Tro­phy was an im­por­tant fix­ture.

Amidst a sea of blue sup­port­ers, it was Norths who opened the scor­ing inside the first 10 min­utes, and they never looked back.

They held the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory through­out the first half and racked up 17 unan­swered points.

An in­jury-rav­aged Wainui side came out strong in the sec­ond, scor­ing first but were un­able to main­tain that pres­sure.

Norths grew in con­fi­dence and used their cross field kicks to great ef­fect, putting Wainui on the back foot through­out the sec­ond.

Norths rounded out a clin­i­cal per­for­mance in front of their home fans with 19 straight points in the sec­ond, in­clud­ing three tries.

Man­ager Mike Parker said the team was still tak­ing each game on its own mer­its.

The big play came when Wainui had a sniff af­ter a half time breather, but solid de­fence and clin­i­cal at­tack put Norths on the front-foot.

The for­ward pack tore through the Wainui ruck and put end­less pres­sure on the pos­ses­sion­de­prived backs.

‘‘As the sea­son’s pro­gress­ing, our big boys are get­ting fit­ter and more mo­bile.

‘‘We took Wainui to task. I don’t think they ex­pected what we had.

‘‘There’s some re­ally good energy there.

‘‘Win­ning be­comes a bit of a habit so we’re just do­ing our best.’’

Parekura Lalaga re­sem­bled for­mer Norths loosie Jerry Collins in his run­ning game.

He was un­stop­pable in front of the line.

Leon El­li­son played a re­spectable kick­ing and run­ning game, while Norths No 8 Mike Ioapo looked im­pos­si­ble to bring down, draw­ing cheers from the Porirua crowd.

This week­end, Norths play Old Boys Uni­ver­sity at Nairnville Park for the in­au­gu­ral Ken Dou­glas tro­phy.

OBU were knocked off the top of the ta­ble by Ories last week­end.

’’We’re very aware of what OBU have,’’ Parker said. ‘‘They’re a very good side and now they’ll be want­ing to make amends for their loss.’’

PAREMATA-PLIM­MER­TON LOSE TO PE­TONE

Paremata-Plim­mer­ton were al­ways be­hind at the Pe­tone Rec, go­ing down to the lo­cal side by 38-12.

Pe­tone started the match slowly but seemed to spark into ac­tion when cap­tain Mateaki Kafa­tolu was binned for a high tackle.

Tries ei­ther side of half­time sealed the game early for the Vil­lagers but Pare-Plim didn’t give up and were re­warded with a try to Jay­den Keats from a mixup fol­low­ing a Pe­tone scrum.

The Pare-Plim boys bat­tled on to score a de­served late try.

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