McKenna reaches a ton

Taranaki Daily News - - Community Sport - WILL JOHN­STON

Coastal’s Rick McKenna played his 100th game for the club in Satur­day’s lat­est round of the CMK premier club rugby com­pe­ti­tion.

The rare mile­stone was cel­e­brated with fel­low play­ers and sup­port­ers af­ter Coastal’s 27-11 win at the Okato Do­main over Spotswood United, in which McKenna slot­ted a con­ver­sion and penalty goal.

An­other prod­uct of Fran­cis Dou­glas Memo­rial Col­lege, McKenna de­buted for the club in 2008 af­ter rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand Sec­ondary Schools the year be­fore.

He has played in ev­ery back­line po­si­tion for the club, but now floats be­tween first five-eighth and full­back.

McKenna is not only a key player for Coastal but has ex­pe­ri­ence with Taranaki’s na­tional pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship side and also the Taranaki de­vel­op­ment and sev­ens squads over the years. He has spent a cou­ple of sea­sons play­ing in Scot­land, Eng­land and Ire­land.

Tukapa first five-eighth Jayson Potroz con­tin­ues his form from last year, set­ting up three tries and scor­ing one him­self in their 29-25 win over In­gle­wood un­der lights on Fri­day night.

His pass­ing skills and abil­ity to find space has been a key fea­ture of his game for a num­ber of years.

The first try was scored by La­gen Kumeroa af­ter Potroz floated a pass over In­gle­wood’s de­fence.

The 2017 Club Player of the Year then dot­ted down him­self af­ter Tukapa won a tight­head scrum and he sliced through two de­fend­ers to score un­der the posts.

He ini­ti­ated two other tries by putting play­ers into space, but it was the fi­nal score of the match that was the most mem­o­rable, with ex­cel­lent of­fload­ing be­tween Potroz and wing Daniel Ber­net lead­ing to a try by half­back Ryan Bishop.

In the other matches of the week­end, Strat­ford/Eltham drew

18-all with Clifton and New Ply­mouth Old Boys beat South­ern

27-25 in Ha¯ wera.

In next week­end’s round, Strat­ford/Eltham are at home to Coastal, Tukapa host Clifton at San­ders Park, New Ply­mouth Old Boys face Spotswood United at Vo­gel­town Park, and In­gle­wood travel south to South­ern at Hicks Park in Ha¯ wera.

Week 3 re­sults: Premier: South­ern 25-27 NPOB Clifton 18-18 SERFC IURFC 25-29 Tukapa Coastal 27-12 SURFC Divi­sion 1: South­ern 42-12 NPOB Clifton 21-45 SERFC Coastal 55-3 SURFC Divi­sion 2: South­ern 46-19 NPOB Coastal 72-5 SURFC IURFC

25-0 Tukapa Toko 19-10 SERFC PATEA 66-5 Bell Block Oka­iawa

34-29 Kaponga Colts: South­ern

10-19 NPOB Clifton 39-0 SERFC IURFC 17-20 Tukapa Coastal v SURFC not yet re­ported


Rick McKenna (file photo)

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