Pa­cific test com­pe­ti­tion lead­ing Tigers

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Last Satur­day on a clear sun swept winters af­ter­noon at Resthills park in Hamilton, Pa­cific Sharks met Waicoa Bay rugby league premier com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers Hamilton City Tigers in the clash of the round.

Pa­cific’s pre­vi­ous two games were rained off and they were look­ing to get­ting their sea­son back on track by top­pling the gi­ant Tigers.

In the ear­lier re­serves game, Pa­cific thrashed Tigers 42 – 18 with young­sters Josiah Vae­vae and Nea Tai play­ing a piv­otal role in their colos­sal win.

In the premier game Hamilton City Tigers showed their class in the first half with a clin­i­cal per­for­mance com­plet­ing their sets with the ball and meet­ing Pa­cific with bru­tal de­fence.

Though they scored three tries Pa­cific were as en­thu­si­as­tic and cre­ative show­ing no signs of re­dun­dancy.

Sharks scored three tries of their own to winger Vic­tor Reu, ever present cap­tain Pa­trick Rus­sell, and mer­cu­rial cen­tre Tam­a­toa Reu for a mouth­wa­ter­ing half-time score line of 16-14 to Tigers.

In the sec­ond half, City Tigers were not the same team mak­ing un­char­ac­ter­is­tic er­rors due to the Sharks swarm­ing de­fence and hence lost ter­ri­tory.

On one such raid off the Tigers goal line, Sharks stand­off Ezra Takiri skil­fully threaded a grub­ber kick be­hind the de­fence and in-goal for at­ten­tive winger Reu to score. Sharks went ahead 20-16. With 10 min­utes to go, Pa­cific were again threat­en­ing the Tigers line only to be awarded a penalty in front of the goal post.

The penalty con­ver­sion, 22-16, meant Tigers had to score twice to win.

With min­utes to go, Tigers at­tacked the Sharks goal line with vigour for their diminu­tive full­back to score through sev­eral de­fend­ers.

Tigers con­verted, for an even­tual full­time score of 22-all. Pa­cific’s player of the day, back rower Haukainga Ti­a­toa was dy­namic in at­tack and de­fence.

Next Satur­day Pa­cific will play Taupo Phoenix in Toko­roa and on the fol­low­ing Tues­day at 6pm will be the first catch up game against Cen­tral (re­serves) and Ngongataha in Ro­torua.

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