Mighty Nua: true cham­pi­ons

Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby wins Lo­chore Cup in its 125th year

Horowhenua Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

Horowhenua Kapiti Rugby’s premier team ful­filled their union’s heart’s de­sire to win a cham­pi­onship in its 125th year.

HK won the Lo­chore Cup af­ter a thrilling game against Wairarapa Bush at home in the Levin Do­main on Sun­day.

It’s been 25 years since Horowhenua Kapiti brought home a cham­pi­onship.

HK put the first points on the board within min­utes of start­ing off the game and were well ahead of Wairarapa Bush by half­time.

Bush came back quickly in the sec­ond half and put the pressure on the home team un­til the end.

Seven min­utes be­fore the end HK were in front again thanks to David McEr­lan, who slid over the chalk.

De­spite Wairarapa’s best ef­forts the score re­mained 26-23 un­til the end. First five-eighth James So’oialo, who scored 122 points over the sea­son, mak­ing him the top scorer in the com­pe­ti­tion, didn’t miss a beat kick­ing penal­ties as he landed penalty goals in the third, 10th and 16th min­utes and con­verted both tries.

Coach Chris Wil­ton is very happy with the re­sult, but said there were a few mon­u­men­tal shifts in the game, in­clud­ing a dis­al­lowed try for HK early on and the mo­ment Ti­moci Ser­awalu, while try­ing to crash of the Wairarapa try­line, had the ball ripped from him by Bush’s Soli Malatai, who had an un­chal­lenged 80m run to the op­po­site try­line.

“The game was a cliffhanger at times. It was great for us to win a ma­jor cham­pi­onship in our 125th year,” said Wil­ton.

Scorers: Horowhenua Kapiti 26 (Aaron Lah­mert, David McEr­lean tries; James So’oialo 2 con, 4 pen). Wairarapa Bush 23 (Soli Malatai, Sam Gam­mie tries; Tipene Haira 2 con, 3 pen). HT: 16-7

LVN311018d­brugby1 PHOTO / DAR­RYL BUT­LER

The team cel­e­brates win­ning the Lo­chore Cup.

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