Or­cas beat Mus­tangs to boost pro­mo­tion hopes


A good first half les­son in how to play in wet and muddy con­di­tions al­lowed the Welling­ton Or­cas to over­come the Manawatu Mus­tangs 48-10 at Wise Park on Satur­day.

The win al­lows the Or­cas to ad­vance to the next stage in their quest to re­gain first divi­sion sta­tus by meet­ing Bay of Plenty at home in a fort­night’s time, fol­lowed by other fix­tures, which at present are un­known as the south­ern zone com­pe­ti­tion is still be­ing played among five South Is­land prov­inces.

Welling­ton coach Peter Rikiriki was rea­son­ably happy fol­low­ing full­time, though he felt his side has still got ar­eas to work on.

‘‘We had a good first half to lead 34-0 at half­time, but it was a tac­ti­cal er­ror on my part in the sec­ond half that al­lowed Manawatu to come back af­ter I brought in some sub­sti­tu­tion and po­si­tion changes to see how well they would be tested,’’ he said. ‘‘Clearly that did not work be­cause we only just won the sec­ond half 14-10 af­ter drop­ping our in­ten­sity and mak­ing some ba­sic er­rors, which al­lowed Manawatu to come back.’’

Welling­ton scored nine tries in­clud­ing a brace to prop Jeremy McKee, while full­back Aaron Whi­tikia picked up six con­ver­sions.

Welling­ton hooker Satch Pryor, loose for­ward Teariki Peneha, barg­ing sec­ond row Ulai Oti and pivot Bron­son Marino on his 28th birth­day were also in­stru­men­tal around the win over an op­po­si­tion that was not only smaller, but was miss­ing some key play­ers.

(Jeremy McKee 2, David Sau­mo­lia, Jon Marc Stow­ers, Tony Sukroo, Bron­son Marino, Teariki Peneha, Kahura Cameron, John-Stephen Skin­non tries; Aaron Whi­tikia 6 goals) (Johnny Ker­risk, Jahlon Gover­nor tries; Hai­mona Young goal). Half­time: 34-0.

Welling­ton 48 Manawatu 10

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