Win keeps Sports in top bunch
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.