Pa­pakura gets first sea­son win

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Pa­pakura got their first win of the sea­son on Satur­day as they knocked over neigh­bours Karaka 28-25 at Massey Park.

In do­ing so they picked up a four-try bonus point as well to lift them­selves off the bot­tom of the lad­der.

Pa­pakura had been threat­en­ing to beat one of the top sides all sea­son and went very close to beat­ing both Waiuku and Pukekohe ear­lier in the sea­son.

‘‘It was a long time com­ing,’’ coach Gavin Giles said. ‘‘We had a bit of heart-break a few weeks ago when we lost to Puke in in­jury time and we were close to Waiuku. We have been work­ing hard for three years now to try and get a win against one of the top sides.

‘‘So it was re­lief more than any­thing and a re­ally good re­sult for the boys.’’

Giles can see this re­sult hav­ing a last­ing im­pres­sion on his team as well.

‘‘It has to be [a con­fi­dence booster],’’ Giles said. ‘‘The win was elu­sive but now the guys un­der­stand what is needed to get there.’’

Onewhero pro­duced a su­perb dis­play in beat­ing Pukekohe 29-22 at Colin Lawrie Fields.

Onewhero raced out to a big half­time lead, scor­ing all of their points in the first 40 min­utes. Pukekohe came storm­ing back in the sec­ond spell but couldn’t do enough to win the game.

‘‘We stuck to our game plan,’’ coach Les­ley Vainikolo said. ‘‘Pukekohe is a big team with big for­wards and part of our plan was to move them around. The more we moved them around the more tired they would get.

The win was ex­tremely im­por­tant for Onewhero as it keeps them in touch with the top four. They are seven points off fourth place at the end of the first round.

‘‘We worked hard in the first block of games and again in the sec­ond block,’’ Vainikolo said. ‘‘If we start con­cen­trat­ing on the lit­tle things and cut out some mis­takes we will trou­ble teams.’’

Both sides col­lected four-try bonus points in the match.

Ard­more Marist fin­ished the first round by mak­ing an em­phatic state­ment, thrash­ing early sea­son lead­ers Pa­tuma­hoe 51-7 at Bruce Pul­man Park in the Coun­ties Power Game of the Week.

The home side started with a hiss and a roar, rac­ing out to a 31-0 lead in the first half. Pa­tuma­hoe had no an­swer to Doug Sanft’s side’s on­slaught.

Ma­nurewa kept pace with Ard­more Marist how­ever as they racked up 12 tries in their 74-12 hiding of Waiuku.

The duo of Josh Tafili (13) and Wil­lie Tuala (12) top the leader­board with tries scored in the first round – well clear of the chas­ing pack.

Pa­tuma­hoe got a lit­tle re­venge for their club in Premier 2 ac­tion as they beat Ard­more Marist 31-21. Pukekohe thumped Onewhero 62-3 while Karaka man­aged a 30-19 win over Pa­pakura. Ma­nurewa were too good for Waiuku 51-34.

In premier 3 ac­tion com­pe­ti­tion lead­ers Wey­mouth nearly reg­is­tered the cen­tury as they belted Puni 98-8. Te Kauwhata en­joyed a lop­sided re­sult as well - a 61-12 win over Drury while Mara­marua beat Karaka 26-22 in a close match.

Karaka got the bet­ter of Ard­more Marist 39-36 in a close en­counter in Massey Cup Un­der 21 ac­tion. Pukekohe ran out 49-21 win­ners over Pa­pakura, while Bombay thrashed Ma­nurewa 52-0.

In Un­der 85kg ac­tion Pa­pakura beat Pukekohe 27-24 in a thrilling match while Onewhero en­joyed a 14-0 win over Bombay. Pa­tuma­hoe col­lected a 41-3 win over Waiuku.

Pukekohe 62; Onewhero 3; Pa­pakura 19; Karaka 30; Ard­more Marist 21; Pa­tuma­hoe 31; Ma­nurewa 51; Waiuku 34.

Sid Mar­shall Shield (Premier 3)

Drury 12 Te Kauwhata 61; Wey­mouth 98 Puni 8; Mara­marua 26; Karaka 22. Massey Cup (U21) Ma­nurewa 0 Bombay 52; Karaka 39; Ard­more Marist 36; Pa­pakura 21; Pukekohe 49. Un­der 85kg: Onewhero 14; Bombay 0; Pa­pakura 27; Pukekohe 24; Pa­tuma­hoe 41; Waiuku 3 Women’s: Ard­more Marist ECB; Pon­sonby 12 Ma­nurewa 35; Waiuku 34 Pa­pakura 10.

RICHARD SPRANGER

Se­tulu Pu­natai looks for sup­port be­fore mak­ing a telling break that led to Fed­er­ick Cain try for Pa­pakura, that helped se­cure the team’s vic­tory.

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