Win keeps Sports in top bunch

Te Puke Times - - SPORT -

Two rounds in and Te Puke Sports are one of three un­beaten teams in the Bay­wide Premier One Cham­pi­onship.

Pi­rates over­came Ran­gataua 29-12 on Satur­day at Murray Salt Sta­dium.

A Te Puke Sports penalty opened the scor­ing after seven min­utes, be­fore Ran­gataua ran in their first try of the game to grab the lead.

Cheyenne Dal­ley dot­ted down the hosts’ first five-pointer, with Ja­son Robertson adding two more penalty goals to give Te Puke Sports a 16-7 half­time lead.

A fur­ther Te Puke Sports penalty and a try to Lolomilo Lolomilo stretched their ad­van­tage to 19 points.

With 10 min­utes re­main­ing, Ran­gataua crossed for their sec­ond try. Ja­son Robertson added a fur­ther penalty for a per­fect seven-from-seven kicking dis­play.

Half­back Luke Campbell was out­stand­ing and was ad­judged his team’s player of the day.

Te Puke Sports have hit their straps in the last six weeks and look gen­uine con­tenders to add a third Bay­wide premier crown to their 2011 and 2012 Bay­wide ti­tles.

The club’s de­vel­op­ment side, who are the de­fend­ing Bay­wide De­vel­op­ment cham­pi­ons, con­tin­ued on their win­ning ways with a 41-point shutout of Ran­gataua in the early ac­tion at Murray Salt Sta­dium.

Te Puke play the sec­ond of three con­sec­u­tive home games on Satur­day against vis­i­tors Whakare­warewa, who last week­end beat lo­cal ri­vals Ro­toiti 23-19 to win back the Tai Mitchell Shield.

In the Premier Two com­pe­ti­tion, Rangiuru had a good tus­sle with po¯tiki in the East­ern Bay of Plenty, but po¯tiki gained re­venge for a first-round de­feat at Cen­ten­nial Park, run­ning out 30-20 winners.

On Satur­day Rangiuru will travel again, this time to take on Marist St Michael’s who have taken Paroa’s spot in the di­vi­sion due to Paroa’s in­abil­ity to field a de­vel­op­ment team.

Pa¯pa¯moa got their Di­vi­sion One cam­paign back on track when they hosted Paroa, de­feat­ing the East­ern Bay of Plenty vis­i­tors 25-22.

East­ern Districts lost their first game of the Di­vi­sion Two pro­mo­tion rounds go­ing down 41-14 at the Paen­garoa Do­main.

On Satur­day Pa¯pa¯moa host Kahukura while East­ern Districts head to Re­poroa.

Rangiuru’s women’s side had no match for the third con­sec­u­tive week­end after Waikite de­faulted on Sun­day morn­ing. After a bye, the Queen’s Birth­day Week­end hia­tus and the no-show, Rangiuru have a home game this Sun­day against newly formed Matata¯ at 1pm.

Te Puke’s Luke Campbell, pic­tured play­ing against Mount Maunganui, had an out­stand­ing game in the win over Ran­gataua on Satur­day.

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