PA­CIFIC SHARKS DIS­PEL PIKIAO WAR­RIORS RESUR­GENCE

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In round three of the Waicoa Bay rugby league premier­ship an un­der strength Pa­cific Sharks team met their archri­val Pikiao War­riors in Ro­torua.

War­riors were lick­ing their wounds af­ter a tow­el­ing from mighty Tani­wha­rau of Huntly the pre­vi­ous week and were look­ing to make amends.

In the ear­lier re­serves game, Pa­cific and Pikiao were locked up at 16-all at half­time un­til the War­riors were able to take the ini­tia­tive and win a close en­counter, 26-20.

In the premier game, Pikiao played with de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment un­til Sharks dy­namo cen­tre, Yan­nis Mea, was able to break a dead­lock in the twen­ti­eth.

At half­time it was 16-6 to Pa­cific who were able to con­vert their ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage into tries to po­tent cen­tre Jus­tus Riki-hamana and Sharks player of day Kale Po­mare.

In the sec­ond half though it was all Pikiao who surged on the back of their com­mand­ing for­wards to lead 22-20 with min­utes to go in the game.

How­ever, Pa­cific showed ex­treme com­po­sure with a team try for Rik­i­na­mana to score, 24-22.

Po­mare was a thorn in the War­riors side with his adept or­gan­i­sa­tion and un­set­tling de­fence.

Sharks for­wards Ge­orge Ben­nion­lind­say and Brian Turia were also su­perb.

Other Premier Grade re­sults; Otu­moetai Eels 36 v 20 Taupo Phoenix, Hamil­ton City Tigers 72 v 0 Ngongo­taha Chiefs, Tu­ran­gawae­wae 22 v 24 United.

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