BOI be­gins Tani­wha de­fence

The Northland Age - - Age Sport -

The Bay of Is­lands be­gan their de­fence of the Tani­wha Cup by thump­ing Far North neigh­bours Man­gonui by 62-7 on the open­ing day of this year’s cham­pi­onship in Kaikohe on Tues­day and back­ing that up with 91-5 wal­lop­ing of the Whangarei Bears on Wed­nes­day.

Else­where, hosts Hokianga were com­pet­i­tive for most of their open­ing day match against the Whangarei Bears be­fore go­ing down 22-10, the Whangarei Griz­zlies showed they will again be a force to be reck­oned with by crush­ing Ota­matea Rod­ney 69-0, and North­ern Wairoa en­joyed a com­fort­able 45-19 win over the President’s XV.

Other re­sults from day two yes­ter­day were, Whangarei Griz­zlies 70 Pres­i­dents 0, Man­gonui 43 Hokianga 5, and, North­ern Wairoa 70 Rod­ney/ Ota­matea 12. Draw for day three to­day is, Bears vs Man­gonui 11am kick off, North­ern Wairoa vs Griz­zlies 11.30am, Hokianga vs BOI 12.30pm, and Pres­i­dents vs Rod­ney/ Ota­matea 1pm.

The event for pri­mary school boys and girls aged un­der 13 and weigh­ing un­der 57kg is be­ing or­gan­ised by North­land Rugby Union’s ju­nior coun­cil and hosted by the Hokianga rugby sub union (who ap­proached Kaikohe to have it held there as there were no suit­able venue in their own area).

Spokes­woman Clare Far­rell said ev­ery­thing had run like clock­work on open­ing day, and even the weather co-op­er­ated bar for a few heavy show­ers. Play­ers are also gun­ning to make se­lec­tion for the North­land Roller Mills ex­tended squad, where they have an op­por­tu­nity to earn a chance to rep­re­sent their prov­ince for the first time. The Roller Mills takes place in Hamil­ton dur­ing the next term break.

“We are ex­tremely lucky to have some re­ally good ref­er­ees this year,” Far­rell said, and en­cour­aged ev­ery­body to sup­port their team par­tic­u­larly on fi­nals day, Satur­day.

■ To­mor­row is the fi­nal day of round robin play with Fri­day set aside for the semi­fi­nals be­fore the grand fi­nals on Satur­day. Times are, 10am 7th/ 8th, 10.30am 3rd/ 4th, 11.30am 5th/ 6th, and, 12pm 1st/ 2nd.

PIC­TURE / DEB­BIE BEADLE

Ric­cardo Hone-Moore (Man­gonui) tack­les Fatu-Jay Taua (Hokianga) in the Far North derby from day two of the Tani­wha Shield tour­na­ment at Kaikohe yes­ter­day.

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