Thames comes home with bonus point

Piako Post - - OUT & ABOUT - HEARTLAND RUGBY

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.

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