Old Boys make it a day to cher­ish

Taranaki Daily News - - Sport - Beaven De­war

There was some­thing spe­cial about old timer’s day at Vogeltown Park in New Ply­mouth on Satur­day with New Ply­mouth Old Boys ce­ment­ing a home semi­fi­nal.

The 22-14 vic­tory over Tukapa was played out the old­fash­ioned way, with for­wards ham­mer­ing each other un­til the fi­nal whis­tle.

The first 40 min­utes was dead even.

Tukapa scored the only try of the half to full­back Ja­son Potroz, with at­tack­ing chances com­ing few and far be­tween.

Both Old Boys and Tukapa first five-eighths Cody Rei and Jack Cameron made no mis­takes with their boots, kick­ing goals ev­ery chance they got.

But it was the sec­ond half that saw some magic from Old Boys.

Tukapa, who lead 11-9 early in the sec­ond half, ham­mered the Old Boys line, throw­ing ev­ery­thing they had but the de­fence held.

‘‘We de­fended like that and only let the one try in so we’re pretty happy with that against such a good Tukapa out­fit,’’ Old Boys cap­tain Liam McBride said.

When Cody Rei’s 40m penalty kick hit the cross­bar and bounced over to give Old Boys the lead even the Tukapa faith­ful knew the day be­longed to the op­po­si­tion. Yet what came next was even more spe­cial.

Old Boys only try came from a li­ne­out drive 40m out.

Re­serve half­back Te Toira Tahu­ri­o­rangi kept bark­ing and the cat­tle kept mov­ing and 40m later they crossed over. Flanker Hamish Alabaster was awarded the try but it truly was the pack as a whole who got it.

‘‘To see the boys dig in for the full 80 min­utes is re­ally pleas­ing and es­pe­cially against such a top side,’’ McBride said.

Tukapa’s chances of mak­ing the semi­fi­nals are still alive but a bonus point win next week will be needed.

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