Sharks at­tack with fury

Home semi ad­van­tage se­cured

South Waikato News - - SPORTS/ TE PAPA HAKINAKINA -

In a phys­i­cal en­counter against Ngongo­taha, Pa­cific Sharks dom­i­nated the field on Satur­day, com­ing out trumps with a 36 - 16 win.

Strong at­tack and co­he­sive de­fence meant Pa­cific dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and they looked set to take the game away but sim­ple er­rors kept Ngongo­taha in the run­ning.

Winger Aaron Dean set the pace in the open­ing min­utes of the game with a well struc­tured run-away try down the left hand side of the field.

But Ngongo­taha weren’t go­ing down with­out a fight.

They ap­plied pres­sure up the mid­dle through their big­ger for- ward pack but Pa­cific coun­tered it with a team ef­fort.

It was ex­pe­ri­ence in the likes of Vin­cent Morunga and Patrick Rus­sell in the back line and Callin Tereu in the front that guided the young side to a 14-6 half time lead.

It was a much more con­vinc­ing sec­ond half for Pa­cific who dis­played struc­ture and com­po­sure for the re­main­ing 40 min­utes.

Coach pan­iora Daniels said it was the struc­ture that im­pressed him most.

‘‘ What we trained, we im­ple­mented on the field so that was a big bonus.’’

De­lany Takiri crossed the line with about 10 min­utes to go with a spec­tac­u­lar solo ef­fort cut­ting through de­fence on the right side. Ngongo­taha redeemed them­selves with a try in the last play of the game but ul­ti­mately it was the Sharks who had the fi­nal say with the win.

Vin­cent Morunga was named man of the match for his un­for­giv­ing at­tack­ing skills.

The en­cour­ag­ing team ef­fort gives Pa­cific the home semi ad­van­tage on Au­gust 2 against Pikiao War­riors. It will be a tough re- match fol­low­ing Pa­cific’s loss to the Ro­torua side two weeks ago.

Team ef­fort: Ge­orge Ben­nion-Lind­say tack­les a Ngongo­taha at­tacker while Haukainga Ti­a­toa takes the legs.

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