De­ci­sive win adds ic­ing to Si­mon Kay’s 100th cake

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY JUSTIN MIEZENBEEK

Te Awa­mutu Sports cel­e­brated their cap­tain Si­mon Kay’s 100th Se­nior A game by putting al­most that num­ber of points on the board, thrash­ing Puta¯ruru 87-14 in Waikato cham­pi­onship rugby.

The in­spi­ra­tional leader picked up a try for his trou­bles and duly con­verted it from the side­line as he led his side on a 13 try de­mo­li­tion that in­cluded a hat-trick to lock Pa­trick O’Sul­li­van, braces for the sec­ond week run­ning for Fetu Sasalu and Shauncy Waho and tries to Evaan Rei­hana, Matthew Tow­ers, Caleb Loomans, Rei­hana Tai-Rakana and Clark Tow­ers.

Full­back Lo­gan Karl kicked nine out of nine from the tee and Rei­hana one con­ver­sion.

A score­less stale­mate for the first 15 min­utes gave no early in­di­ca­tion that the flood­gates would open up so dra­mat­i­cally with Puta¯ ruru play­ing in front of their parochial sup­port­ers.

Sports looked threat­en­ing but lacked those fi­nal touches be­fore half­back Ryan McNeil broke through the cen­tre and found Rei­hana for the first points.

Sasalu then took the en­su­ing kick-off and charged 60m up­field in that run­away bul­lock way of his be­fore find­ing O’Sul­li­van for his first try. His sec­ond came af­ter 30 min­utes, fol­lowed smartly by three more tries to Tow­ers, Waho and Loomans to set up a 42-0 half­time score.

A three-try blitz kicked off the sec­ond half, Sasalu pick­ing up his dou­ble and O’Sul­li­van his hat-trick within five min­utes. In the blink of an eye, the 42 points be­came 63 and the hosts were left chas­ing the shad­ows of the visi­tors backs.

Kay scored his try soon af­ter and the sub­sti­tu­tions came on mass from there, caus­ing the game to lose a lit­tle shape and struc­ture be­fore Tai-Rakana picked up his try for a 77-0 score­line.

The hosts fi­nally found some joy with a nice grub­ber and col­lect try, then watched as Clark Tow­ers scored and Waho crossed for his sec­ond, be­fore hav­ing the fi­nal say with a try on full­time.

For Sports, it was an out­stand­ing all round ef­fort, built from the for­wards as­sert­ing them­selves in tight, al­low­ing the speed and pre­ci­sion of the backs to wreak havoc. O’Sul­li­van and fel­low lock Thomas Brown ruled supreme in the li­ne­outs and hard run­ning No.8 Sasalu brought his usual phys­i­cal­ity which had the hosts on the back foot.

Out­side backs Waho, Tairoa Crean and Karl ran riot in the space created by mid­field­ers Caleb Loomans and Awa Mor­ris, while McNeil was dy­namic around the fringes.

Te Awa­mutu Sports Se­nior B also picked up their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive win to stay un­beaten in the cham­pi­onship round, down­ing Puta¯ ruru 31-10.

Sports are at home this Satur­day host­ing Leam­ing­ton when they will of­fi­cially cel­e­brate Si­mon Kay’s mile­stone.

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MULTI TAL­ENTED Si­mon Kay capped his 100th game for Te Awa­mutu Sports by con­vert­ing a try from near the side­line at Puta¯ruru on Satur­day.

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