Thames comes home with bonus point
For the second week in a row fortune did not favour the brave Thames Valley rugby team when they were defeated 13-10 by Horowhenua-Kapiti in the Heartland championship match at Levin last Saturday.
In the final phase of play Thames Valley crossed their opponents’ goal line and appeared to have scored but the referee ruled that the ball had not been grounded.
As a result the team returned home with one bonus point and another very close shave against a team at the top of the points’ table.
Living up to their name the Swamp Foxes opened the game with a massive forward drive in the very wet conditions at the Levin Domain and George Lelenoa finished it off with a try handy to the posts.
Chris Doak added two points for the conversion and Valley were leading 7-0 after only two minutes.
Thames Valley went on to dominate possession for the rest of the half but could not crack the Horowhenua defence and found themselves down 7-10 at halftime.
The home team had scored an intercept try, a conversion and a penalty goal. Unfortunately Thames Valley’s powerhouse lock, Aaron Carol was injured and had to be replaced midway
‘‘Chris Doak added two points for the conversion and Valley were leading 7-0 after only two minutes.’’
through the spell.
With the breeze behind them in the second half Horowhenua made good use of tactical kicking to gain a territorial advantage.
However the Swamp Foxes were never out of the game because of their driving forward play which was well supported by some strong mid field bursts from Shaun Hill.
Both teams had difficulty handling the slippery ball and overall the game was not a great spectacle.
A second half penalty goal by Chris Doak was matched by the home team which enabled them to hold on to their three point advantage until the end of the match.
This Saturday, the Thames Valley rugby team play Buller in Paeroa at the earlier time of 1:30pm. This will be another stern test for the Swamp Foxes as Buller remain undefeated so far this season.