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.