Er­rors costly for Sharks

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Weather, er­rors and poor de­ci­sion-mak­ing in the weekend has put Pa­cific Sharks pre­miers at risk of los­ing top spot and a home semi.

In bad weather con­di­tions they trav­elled to Ro­torua to play Pikiao War­riors in a top of the ta­ble clash.

With a con­trolled first half, us­ing the wind to ad­van­tage, Pa­cific held out 8-4.

Two un­con­verted tries went to to Haukainga Ti­a­toa and Ngari Hawkins as a re­sult of for­wards leading through the mid­dle and halves kicked early, turn­ing around the Pikiao pack. Each team had equal op­por­tu­ni­ties to score but er­rors meant it was a low scor­ing match for both.

Pa­cific dom­i­nated the first half, look­ing like the the lead­ers of the BOP com­pe­ti­tion. Coaches Pan­iora Daniels and Neville Takiri were en­cour­aged by the huge ef­fort from their for­wards but wanted to see the unit main­tain and take more ad­van­tage of their pos­ses­sion in the op­po­si­tion ter­ri­tory.

In the sec­ond half, Pa­cific started real strong with an early penalty by Ngari Hawkins tak­ing the lead to 10-4 but Pikiao replied quickly with an un­con­verted try.

Co-cap­tain Callin Tereu crossed the line shortly af­ter off a Sean McCain grub­ber which was con­verted by Hawkins.

With a Pikiao player sent to the bin for an at­tempted leg trip, Pa­cific looked cer­tain to score with pos­ses­sion but once again er­rors proved costly. Pa­tience and per­sis­tence saw Pikiao take the lead in the 75th minute with a con­verted try.

The de­ter­mined Pikiao side held out to win 18-16.

Re­tox player of the day was co-cap­tain Callin Tereu, who lead well from the front.

Pa­cific now hold top spot by one point and travel again to Ro­torua to play third spot Non­gataha for the chance to se­cure the home semi.

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