Games up to expectations
After disappointing wins the week before against re-energised Leamington teams, the Senior As and Bs made the trek to Taupiri on Saturday, hoping to extract a win after their defeats in the first round.
Both games lived up to the intensity expected from second round games.
In the A’s game, coaches Che Harpur and Brad Boss must be pleased with their team’s win. It was a full team performance with each player doing their job.
Right from kick-off, SURF showed the opposition and the large crowd of spectators that they were going to leave everything on the paddock.
SURF went out to an early 8-nil lead with a try to lock Sam Pahewa and replied with two tries and a conversion, for a halftime score of 12-8 to Taupiri.
The dominance displayed by the smal ler but more mobile forward pack of SURF was evidenced by the scoring of three second-half tries by forwards John Balvert and Ned Honey (2). Taupiri were lucky to score a try in the dying stages of the game against the run of play making the final score SURF 28, Taupiri 17.
SURF B’s were first to extract retribution, beating Taupiri 27-18.
In the early stages of the game it appeared Taupiri were going to take another win as SURF conceded three penalties, only one of which, thankfully, was converted into points.
In the second half SURF asserted its dominance and tries were scored by Matt Mezaros, Josh Cameron and Jamin Pinkerton.
Two conversions by Fergusson gave SURF their final points of 27, Taupiri scoring only one penalty in the second half to take them to 18.
Notable performances were by Logan Costar, Jamin Pinkerton and Warwick Taylor. Player of the Day for SURF Bs was Logan Costar. June 15– 9am: F1: Amisfield Gunners v David Henry Jets (6–2) F3: BEGS Mixed Lollies v David Henry Rockets (5–1) F4: Cargill Jaguars v North Sharkies (4–0) F5: David Henry Thunderbolts v North Breakers (3–0) F7: Kiwi’s v Tainui (1–6). 10am: F1: North Hurricanes v Tainui Crackers (4–8) F2: Mangakino Angry Birds v North Lightning Bolts (?-?) F3: Tainui Lions v Amisfield Raiders (3 – 3) F4: Amisfield Avengers v Mangakino Skulls (?-?) F5: Strathmore Slicks v Cargill Trojans (8–3) F6: North Warriors v Mangakino Storm (?-?) F7: All Stars v Dominators (6–4). 11am: F1: Amisfield All Stars v BEGS Hollie Mollies (0–1) F2: Strathmore Sprinters v North Rug Rats (0–0) F3: Strathmore Stingers v North Titans (?-?) F4: Te Hiringa v North Superstars (0–0) F5: North Strikers v Amisfield Stingers (0–6) F6: Strathmore Strikers v Central Taniwha’s (6–0) F7: Forestview v Tok High (0–10). June 22– 9am: F1: North Lightning Bolts v Strathmore Sprinters F3: Tainui Lions v North Superstars F4: Te Hiringa v Strathmore Stingers F5: Strathmore Strikers v North Strikers F7: Dominators v Kiwi’s. 10am: F1: Amisfield All Stars v North Hurricanes F2: Cargill Dragons v BEGS Hollie Mollies F3: Amisfield Raiders v David Henry Rockets F4: Cargill Jaguars v North Titans F5: Cargill Trojans v Central Taniwha’s F6: David Henry Thunderbolts v North Warriors F7: Tainui v Tok High. 11am: F1: Tainui Crackers v Amisfield Gunners F2: David Henry Jets v Mangakino Angry Birds F3: Amisfield Avengers v North Sharkies F4: BEGS Mixed Lollies v Mangakino Skulls F5: Amisfield Stingers v Mangakino Storm F6: Strathmore Slicks v North Breakers F7: All Stars v Forestview. North Rug Rats bye.