Lah­mert broth­ers meet in sevens pool play

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

He’ll be gun­ning for his brother — but he’ll have to catch him first. Sib­ling ri­valry will be put to the test when at the Cen­tral Zones Sevens Tour­na­ment in Levin to­mor­row when Aaron Lah­mert’s Horowhenua-Ka¯ piti team meet Taranaki in pool play.

The 27-year-old (pic­tured) from Waikanae will be up against his older brother and for­mer New Zealand and Eng­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive War­wick, 31, who is play­ing for Taranaki at this tour­na­ment.

It’s the first time the Lah­mert broth­ers have met at pro­vin­cial level and the ban­ter has been go­ing to and fro all week through their fam­ily chat space on so­cial me­dia.

“I’ve been wind­ing him up. When I get the ball I’ll be run­ning at him,” he said. “He’s smaller than me but def­i­nitely got all the class. I should be able to catch him though.”

The younger brother, who plays at loose for­ward in 15-a-side rugby, was fresh from a stint with the NZ Heart­land XV rep­re­sen­ta­tive team so won’t lack fit­ness.

For the HK team its a rare crack at the big boys and with five qual­i­fy­ing spots for the na­tional tour­na­ment up for grabs, it could be a race be­tween the Heart­land unions for the last berth.

With heavy­weights Wellington, Taranaki, Manawatu¯ , Hawkes Bay favoured to make a podium fin­ish, it would be a race be­tween Wairarapa Bush, Wan­ganui, Poverty Bay and HK to see who also qual­i­fied.

The na­tional sevens tour­na­ment would be held in Tau­ranga on the week­end of De­cem­ber 15 and 16. It was the fourth year in suc­ces­sion that Levin had hosted the tour­na­ment and Lah­mert said hav­ing it on home soil was a big ad­van­tage.

The Horowhenua-Ka¯ piti team will be co-cap­tained by Lah­mert and Ran­dall Bishop.

They share a pool with Taranaki, Manawatu¯ and Wairarapa Bush.

There would also be a women’s tour­na­ment at the same time with teams from Wellington, Manawatu¯ , Hawke’s Bay and Taranaki en­tered.

HKRU com­mu­nity rugby as­sis­tant Cameron Prout­ing said it was a goal of the union to have a women’s team rep­re­sent Horowhenua-Ka¯ piti in that di­vi­sion in the fu­ture.

Horowhenua-Ka¯ piti: 4 Ja­cob Smith, 5 Faleulu Matua, 6 Man­nasah Wi­neera, 7 Aaron Lah­mert, 8 Tre­den Win­ter­burn, 9 Ethan Reti, 10 Ran­dall Bishop, 11 Tommy Fi­fita-Tovo, 12

Thomas Barns­ley, 13 Kaden Van Gaalen, 14 Ste­wart Macgre­gor, 15 Wil­lie Paia’aua. Coach: Ash Drake. Asst Coach: Michael Tam­bour. Man­ager: Mark Tooman. Asst Man­ager: Michael Stokes. Physio: Lizzie Nel­son.

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