Old Boys make it a day to cherish
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.