Semifinal crunch time looming
Onewhero kept alive their semifinal hopes with a hardfought 24-20 win over Waiuku up the hill on Saturday.
Both teams scored three tries in the match but the goal-kicking of Rhain Strang proved the difference on the scoreboard.
It was a back and forth game with a number of lead changes.
‘‘It was a good win for us,’’ coach Lesley Vainikolo said.
‘‘The boys showed lots of character and patience to come back from behind to win. We still have our eyes on that top four.’’
Ardmore Marist retained their position at the top of the standings while also successfully defending the Counties Power Cup as they smashed Papakura 77-19 in a result that sends an ominous warning to the rest of the competition.
Doug Sanft’s side racked up a total of 13 tries in the massacre and had 46 points in the first half alone.
However, he was far from happy with the performance.
‘‘I am quite critical of what we do. I think they were missing some players to be honest.
‘‘We were quite clinical in the first half but we got sloppy in the second and credit to Papakura – they just never stopped fighting and they scored three tries – two in the second half,’’ Sanft said.
Ardmore Marist is in great position – well clear of the chasing pack but it wasn’t all rosy picking up an injury concern.
‘‘We lost one of our props with ankle ligament damage so he will miss a few weeks,’’ Sanft said.
Manurewa embarrassed arch rivals Pukekohe in a lop-sided score line at Colin Lawrie Fields. Second placed Manurewa beat the home side 54-17 to put a massive dent in Pukekohe’s semifinal aspirations.
‘‘It was probably one of our best performances of the season so far,’’ coach Jeremy Clark said.
Patumahoe produced a superb defensive display to beat four-time defending McNamara Cup champions Bombay – their second win of the season over the same opposition.
Waiuku’s Tevita Halafihi breaks out of Trina Nahi’s tackle.
Rhian Strang ‘s goal kicking was what helped Onewhero get over the line in the game against Waiuku.