Wins for Sports, Rangiuru

Te Puke Times - - SPORT -

The sec­ond phase of the Bay­wide rugby sea­son got un­der way with im­pres­sive wins for both Te Puke teams.

Rangiuru got off to a fan­tas­tic start in their quest for pre­mier­grade rugby next sea­son with the nar­row­est of wins at home to Ngongo­taha¯ — the best-placed of the premier­ship sides not to trans­fer into the Premier One cham­pi­onship af­ter the first phase of the com­pe­ti­tion.

In dom­i­nant form in the open­ing game of the Bay­wide Premier One cham­pi­onship, Te Puke kept defending Bay­wide cham­pi­ons Mount Maun­ganui score­less at Blake Park.

The Pi­rates ran in two touch­downs in the first half, be­fore adding three fur­ther tries in the sec­ond spell to win 34-0.

Te Puke at­tacked the defending Bay­wide cham­pi­ons from the start of the encounter, with lock Tim Bond grabbing the first try at the nine-minute mark. At the half way point of the first half player/coach Matt Wal­lis fin­ished off a for­ward drive to score a five-pointer. With both tries con­verted by Ja­son Robertson, who also added a penalty, the visi­tors had a 17-0 lead at the break.

Two tries to Te Puke Sports hooker Cheyenne Dal­ley in the first 20 min­utes of the sec­ond half took the game away from the hosts, with Cur­tis Deane adding a fifth touch­down in the dy­ing min­utes of the encounter. Te Puke first-five Ja­son Robertson kicked three con­ver­sions and a penalty goal in the 34 point shutout.

Two tries and plenty of hard work in the tight re­sulted in Dal­ley re­ceiv­ing his side’s Player of the Day award.

Te Puke Sports joined firstround win­ners Te Puna, Whakare­warewa and Ro­toiti in tak­ing the win points on of­fer.

Te Puke now have three home games in a row — against Ran­gataua, Whakare­warewa and Te Puna. The Te Puna encounter will be the club’s an­nual Char­ity Day, with this year’s re­cip­i­ent Te Puke Volunteer Fire Bri­gade, with both the premier and de­vel­op­ment sides to wear the day’s spon­sored jer­seys.

Rangiuru had fin­ished top of the Divi­sion One first-round ta­ble, and were in­volved in an ab­so­lute thriller with Ngongo­taha¯ be­fore tak­ing out a knife-edge 41-40 win against the Ro­torua visi­tors.

Rangiuru travel to po¯tiki on Satur­day.

The Te Puke Sports de­vel­op­ment team, the defending Bay­wide cham­pi­ons, took their first step to­wards back-to-back crowns in the early ac­tion at Blake Park when post­ing a solid 27-17 vic­tory.

In other lo­cal re­sults, Pa¯pa¯moa went down to Ru­a­toki 30-17 in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, while Rangiuru De­vel­op­ment team lost 35-5 to Ngongo­taha¯ in their first Bay­wide hit-out of the sea­son.

More pho­tos from Te Puke’s game against Mount Maun­ganui on page 15.

PHOTO: STU­ART WHITAKER

Kane Le’au­pepe looks to split the Mount Maun­ganui de­fence in Te Puke’s 34-0 win on Satur­day.

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