TA blows Sub­urbs off the park

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY JUSTIN MIEZENBEEK

Te Awa­mutu Sports over­came first half rusti­ness fol­low­ing two weeks’ break to blow East­ern Sub­urbs off the park for a 52-20 win in Waikato championship rugby.

Sports scored eight tries at Al­bert Park on Satur­day, in­clud­ing dou­bles for winger Shauncy Waho and No.8 Fetu Sasalu. Matthew Tow­ers, Awa Mor­ris and Ryan McNeil also picked up tries.

Full­back Lo­gan Karl slot­ted six con­ver­sion along with a try for a per­sonal haul of 17 points on a day where a for­get­table first half was out­shone by a scin­til­lat­ing sec­ond half.

Sports hit the ground run­ning with two quick tries to Sasalu and Tow­ers to take a 14-0 lead in 10 min­utes.

Penal­ties, er­rors and frus­tra­tion then piled up on the home team as their lead was cut to six points, 14-8, af­ter Sub­urbs scored from a slick li­ne­out move. The vis­i­tors had a real bounce in their step and felt the rum­blings of an up­set brew­ing for the sec­ond half.

Sports dashed those dreams with three tries in 10 min­utes as the backs found their groove and space all over the field.

Waho scored two tries ei­ther side of a stun­ning break and chip kick lay­ing on a try for Karl.

Sub­urbs picked up a try, against the run of play, when a clear­ing kick was charged down.

Stung back into ac­tion, Sports ap­plied mas­sive pres­sure at scrum time, win­ning a tight head which caught the vis­it­ing backs short and Mor­ris strolled over for an easy try.

A 25m, per­fectly-ex­e­cuted rolling maul gave Sasalu his sec­ond try and a 45-15 score­line.

Sub­urbs snuck an­other try when a wide pass was in­ter­cepted to pull it back to 45-20.

In swarm­ing pres­sure on the Sub­urbs’ ruck McNeil scooped up the loose ball and score be­tween the posts to wrap up his team’s com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory to kick off their championship cam­paign.

Sports can re­flect on a sec­ond half where they righted the ship big time, with the backs reaping the re­wards off a strong for­wards ef­fort.

Mid­fielder Caleb Loomans con­tin­ues to im­prove and was a con­stant men­ace through the mid­dle.

Waho showed a glimpse of his im­mense po­ten­tial, prov­ing Photo: Justin Miezenbeek al­most un­touch­able in space. Karl was dan­ger­ous at full­back and ex­cel­lent from the tee.

Lock Josh Reynolds was strong in the li­ne­outs, Con­nor Loomans and Matthew Tow­ers worked hard around the fringes, and Sasalu and prop Gor­don Fuller­ton car­ried the ball strongly.

Sports travel to Puta¯ ruru next week­end look­ing for two wins in a row.


Te Awa­mutu Sports' ris­ing star, winger Shauncy Waho leaves the Te Rapa de­fence in his wake when scor­ing at Al­bert Park on Satur­day.

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