Tamatea downs Tigers in league
In the premier rugby league game on September 16, Tamatea beat Dannevirke Tigers 54-42.
Prop Johnny Wang and back rower Te Rira Rowlands were valuable on the carry for Tamatea.
Hooker Rukutai Craig impressed with his defensive workrate.
Inside backs Mataeus Marsh, another former Hawks basketballer, and Ash Robinson marshalled the attack well.
Robinson, Marsh and Craig scored two tries each and Robinson kicked seven goals.
Rowlands, Terry Nikora jnr, Raumoa Timu and Witere Kupa scored a try each.
Tigers manager Aaron Karena said he was proud of the manner in which his troops fought back to get within two points at one stage.
“We were short of players and had no subs. We’re probably going to meet Tamatea again in the semifinals so it’s good they haven’t seen us at our best.” Halfback Tama Petera was outstanding in his first match of the season after his Battle for Life charity boxing event in Hastings. His brother, fullback Waka Petera, again impressed in the Tigers backline.
Back rower Rakei Ngaia, prop Parekaia Tapiata and hooker Adrian Whareatu were the best of the Tigers forwards.
The halftime Dannevirke Tigers team talk, premier rugby league game between Tamatea and Dannevirke Tigers, HB Regional Sports Park, Hastings.
Te Rira Rowlands, Tamatea caught by Tigers Rakei Ngaia, in the premier rugby league game between Tamatea and Dannevirke Tigers.
Mateus Marsh, tackled by two Dannevirke Tigers in their rugby league clash in Hastings.
Waka Petera, Dannevirke Tigers fullback, in action in the premier rugby league game between Tamatea and Dannevirke Tigers, at HB Regional Sports Park, Hastings.