Norths stay on red-hot run at home


‘‘The Norths scrum de­stroyed their op­po­nents for a pe­riod. ’’

North­ern United bounced back from a heavy loss to Old Boys Uni­ver­sity to record a good 23-19 win over Ori­en­tal Ron­go­tai on Satur­day.

A burst of scor­ing ei­ther side of half­time was enough for Norths to main­tain their un­beaten record at home and dent Ories hopes of win­ning the Swin­dale Shield.

With a de­cep­tively strong wind be­hind them, Ories tried to play at the right end of the field and were even­tu­ally re­warded when An­drew El­lis was put into a hole and fed Am­brose Cur­tis for the open­ing try. Norths fought back when block­bust­ing num­ber eight Mike Ioapo cre­ated a break which was even­tu­ally fin­ished by Johnny Te­leagea.

It got bet­ter for Norths just be­fore half­time when Jordan Mel­lars-Rose col­lected a kick through to score.

Norths were straight into at­tack in the sec­ond half and, from a tight head, there was no stop­ping Ioapo from five-me­tres out.

Ories came back with a fine in­di­vid­ual try to Malo Tuitama and when Luca Rees stormed over, they had a sniff with min­utes to go. Norths held firm, how­ever, to cel­e­brate their old- timers’ day in style.

The big play came just be­fore the break when Norths re­ceived a penalty. In­stead of tak­ing the kick, they tapped and when Mel­lars-Rose scored in the cor­ner, Norths took a valu­able lead and mo­men­tum into the sec­ond half.

Ioapo had an­other im­mense game and the Norths scrum de­stroyed their op­po­nents for a pe­riod in the sec­ond half. As usual, full­back Cameron Craig showed com­po­sure with the boot.

It was an­other tough week for Pare­mata Plim­mer­ton, this time los­ing to Marist St Pats 65-23.

North­ern United 23 (Johnny Te­leaga, Jordan Mel­lars-Rise, Mike Ioapo tries; Cameron Craig con, 2 pen) Ori­en­talRon­go­tai 19 (Am­brose Cur­tis, Malo Tuitama, Luca Rees tries; Adam Deck 2 con). HT: 12-7.

Marist St Pats 65 (An­drew Wells 2, Billy Proc­tor 2, Mike Buckley, Lucky Tuiatua, James Proc­tor tries; Wells pen, 6 con) Pare­mata-Plim­mer­ton 13 (Blake Neve try; Neve 2 pen, con). HT: 22-13.


Old Boys Uni­ver­sity’s Teariki Ben-Ni­cholas gets hit hard by the Hutt Old Boys Marist de­fence. Old Boys Uni­ver­sity won 38-36. Norths main­tained their good form at home, with a 23-19 win over Ori­en­tal-Ron­go­tai.

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