Top rugby teams re­main un­beaten

Kapiti Observer - - SPORT - ADAM POULOPOULOS

The Horowhenua-Kapiti club rugby pace­set­ters are still un­beaten, but both were sternly tested in close games over the week­end.

Levin Col­lege Old Boys pipped Shan­non 36-35 at the Shan­non Do­main. The home side had led 21-19 at half time, and 35-22 in the sec­ond half.

Fel­low un­beaten side Waikanae re­pelled a stern Wan­der­ers ef­fort to win 15-6 on their home turf.

The sides have been do­ing it in dif­fer­ent ways this sea­son, and that was ev­i­denced on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Col­lege Old Boys have the best at­tack in the com­pe­ti­tion, now av­er­ag­ing al­most 40 points per game, but Shan­non, sec­ond in that statis­tic, gave as good as they got in a game that swung back and forth.

Both sides scored four tries, with the out­side back duo of Lyric Faolua and Wil­lie Paia’aua do­ing most of the dam­age for Col­lege Old Boys, scor­ing three tries be­tween them.

The pair have six tries each this sea­son, two ahead of the next best.

Shan­non have rea­sons to be op­ti­mistic - they have played both un­beaten sides al­ready, los­ing to them by a com­bined six points and lead­ing both at half-time.

Waikanae has not fired of­fen­sively, but with 41 points and five tries con­ceded in four games, they are com­fort­ably the com­pe­ti­tion’s stingi­est de­fence.

They scored twice in the first half, but the only scor­ing by ei­ther side in the sec­ond was an Ethan Reti penalty.

In the other games, Fox­ton notched their first win of the sea­son with a 42-15 win over Ath­letic, while Para­pa­raumu got back to win­ning ways af­ter two suc­ces­sive de­feats, trounc­ing Rahui 43-8.

The teams re­turn to ac­tion this week­end, with the most in­trigu­ing match of the round at the Para­pa­raumu Do­main, with Shan­non the vis­i­tors.

Shan­non were thrashed 50-0 by Para­pa­raumu in last sea­son’s cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture, but Shan­non have im­proved, and Para­pa­raumu were on a run of one de­feat in nine games prior to that match.

Col­lege Old Boys re­turn home to the Levin Do­main to play Fox­ton, Waikanae travel to Otaki to bat­tle Rahui, and Ath­letic and Wan­der­ers face off in a Levin derby at Play­ford Park.

All games kick off at 2:45pm on Satur­day.

Wil­lie Paia’aua, here play­ing for the Manawatu Tur­bos, is the equal top tryscorer in the H-K club rugby com­pe­ti­tion.

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