Eighth-placed fin­ish for un­der-19s

Manawatu Standard - - SPORT - GE­ORGE HEAGNEY

The Manawatu¯ un­der-19s fin­ished eighth at the Jock Hobbs Memorial na­tional tour­na­ment after an ex­cit­ing loss to Welling­ton in their fi­nal game.

Manawatu¯ lost 24-20 in Taupo on Satur­day in the play­off for sev­enth and eighth place, an im­prove­ment from their other two games where they were thrashed 54-7 by Bay of Plenty and 71-5 by Auck­land ear­lier in the week.

Coach Shane Ra­tima took heart that Bay of Plenty thrashed Tas­man 74-7 in their fi­nal game and Auck­land beat Waikato 30-17 in the fi­nal.

He said the game against Welling­ton was a ding-dong bat­tle.

‘‘We ac­tu­ally per­formed quite well,’’ he said. ‘‘It was prob­a­bly our best per­for­mance of the tour­na­ment.’’

Welling­ton had a man red carded within 15 min­utes when he dumped hooker Gene Syminton on his head out of the ruck. But Manawatu¯ later had lock Nathan Smith and flanker Jar­rod Harawira yel­low carded.

Smith was given his march­ing or­ders for play­ing the ball on the wrong side of the ruck and Harawira was sent off when he tried to kick the ball on the ground, but an op­po­si­tion player dived on it and Harawira ac­ci­den­tally kicked him.

Manawatu¯ scored after Welling­ton’s red card, when full­back Bray­den Cun­ning­ham latched onto a cross­field kick, but Welling­ton scored just be­fore the break to lead 14-7 at half­time.

Manawatu¯ were their own worst en­e­mies, Ra­tima said, as they made mis­takes and let Welling­ton back into the game.

Speedy wing Adam Boult scored two great tries, one from a back­line move where he gassed the full­back and the

other from a quick tap where he beat about three play­ers.

There was a chance for Manawatu¯ to win the game when on at­tack with four min­utes left, but Welling­ton shut them down.

First five-eighth Ben Mc­col­gan’s kick­ing game was sharp and he was strong on de­fence, Syminton was in­dus­tri­ous, mak­ing a lot of runs and get­ting around the field, and Boult was dan­ger­ous when he got in­volved.

Gritty de­fence from the Manawatu¯ Devel­op­ment XV set them up for a 19-17 win over the Welling­ton Cen­tu­ri­ons at the Arena.

Manawatu¯ started into the wind, so did well to con­cede only a try and were down 10-7 at the break. In the sec­ond spell, Manawatu¯ kicked for ter­ri­tory, but made a few mis­takes and Welling­ton wouldn’t go away.

Welling­ton spent the last 10 min­utes on at­tack, but Manawatu¯ dug deep to keep them out.

Loose for­wards Alex Hawira and Ge­orge Macpher­son both had big games and sec­ond fiveeighth Kameli Ku­ruyabaki was their stand­out in the backs.

Hawke’s Bay Sara­cens lead the Hur­ri­canes Shield com­pe­ti­tion, so Manawatu¯ will want to beat them in the fi­nal round of the com­pe­ti­tion in Palmer­ston North next week­end.

The Manawatu¯ un­der-16 team had a rusty 29-14 win over Wan­ganui at Bulls, their first game of the sea­son.

Manawatu¯ , who went into the wind in the first half, have a bit to work on be­fore their first com­pe­ti­tion game against Welling­ton next Satur­day in Otaki, but played well for pe­ri­ods.

The phys­i­cal Wan­ganui side scored in the first two min­utes and right on full­time.

No 8 Nikora Broughton, lock Trevor-shane Baker and centre Tom Brown all had good games.


Manawatu Devel­op­ment XV lock Tui Ka­toa rang­ing in the loose dur­ing their match against the Welling­ton Cen­tu­ri­ons.

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