Ash­ley draws with Ohoka


It wasn’t the re­sult they would have hoped for with six of the mem­bers of the Kowai Se­nior side from 1958 who won their se­nior com­pe­ti­tion 60 years ago watch­ing on. Ash­ley had pegged Satur­day’s clash with Ohoka as a ‘must win’ but in­stead had to set­tle for a 20 all draw at Loburn do­main on Satur­day. The first points of the day went to Ohoka’s Blain O’Lough­lin cross­ing the line af­ter just three min­utes. His try was con­verted by Ge­orge Wig­gins. Ash­ley hit back rack­ing up three first-half tries, to James Thiele, Richie Han­cox and Danny Brooker. None of the tries were con­verted and Ash­ley headed into the shed at half­time with a 15-7 lead. A penalty to Wig­gins started the Ohoka resur­gence in the sec­ond half this was fol­lowed by a try to Brett Fowler which Wig­gins con­verted giv­ing Ohoka a 17-15 lead. Ohoka con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate but Ash­ley weren’t giv­ing up. With just five min­utes left on the clock Ash­ley snared a penalty but the kick from Dan Cook was a miss. Ohoka scored again with Wig­gins slot­ting a penalty with only a minute left. Ash­ley gave ev­ery­thing in the dy­ing sec­onds with sec­ond-five Cameron King lev­el­ling the scores af­ter an edge-of-your-seat dive at the line. With Cook’s con­ver­sion missed the home side had to set­tle for the draw.

Sara­cens took on South­bridge at Southbrook on Satur­day. South­bridge lead the home­side 21-17 go­ing into the half­time break af­ter scor­ing three con­verted tries. Nathan Good­win and Nick Wells scored for the home­side in the first half with Ricky Allin slot­ting two con­ver­sions and a penalty. Sara­cens sec­ond half looked brighter thanks to a con­verted try to Marika Ro­qica and an­other to Good­win, giv­ing the hosts the lead. Then Adam Stone, scored his third try of the match for South­bridge while Sara­cens were left a man- down af­ter a sin-bin­ning. With time al­most up Vil­iami Fun­gavaka scored for Sara­cens with Allin con­vert­ing. Sara­cens took the hard fought win 36-31 which gives them a 1-point lead at the top of the Sec­tion A ta­ble.

Ka­iapoi held it’s Club Day on the week­end tak­ing on the sec­tion B lead­ers Preb­ble­ton. The teams were tied at 13 a piece head­ing into half­time af­ter Preb­ble­ton winger Pita Roko­suka scored his sec­ond try just be­fore the break. Rob Sam­son scored for Ka­iapoi in the sec­ond half with the vis­i­tors re­ply­ing with a try of their own. Both sides scored penal­ties. Preb­ble­ton slot­ted three points in the fi­nal three min­utes leav­ing the full­time re­sult 26 all. In other re­sults Glen­mark-Che­viot lost to Hamp­stead in Hamp­stead 17-28. Hu­runui went down to Hornby 26-21. Ox­ford was up­set by Springston 20-17.


Sara­cens were lucky to scrape through with a win on the week­end over South­bridge. Which puts them ahead by one on the top of the ta­ble.

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