De­fence holds firm RUGBY

Katikati Advertiser - - Sports News / Your Community Voice - — Kim and Nick Mair

Af­ter a two-week break the Katikati Stags se­nior rugby team started round two on Satur­day trav­el­ling to Paen­garoa to play Eastern District again.

In the first half Eastern Dis­tricts kept the Kati boys un­der pres­sure and on de­fence most of the half, but with two well-con­structed 80 me­tre tries by Scott MacMil­lan and con­verted by Gene Darvill and Braden Brewer, it looked like Katikati was go­ing to run away with the game early.

But Eastern Dis­tricts replied by us­ing their big for­wards and con­stant pos­ses­sion to put points on the board, tak­ing the half­time score 12-7.

The sec­ond half started with Eastern Dis­tricts ap­ply­ing pres­sure and hold­ing pos­ses­sion by us­ing their for­ward pack, but the Katikati de­fence held firm and it didn’t take long for the boys’ fit­ness and sharp ball play to shine through, with tries to Rob Syd­ney, Nusi Mafi, Shane Harper, Chris Bell and an­other try to Rob Syd­ney, tak­ing the full­time score to 41-14.

Player of the day points went to Rear­don Ewens-Bet­tridge 1 point, Hay­den Rev­ell 2 points, Reuben Mair 3 points.

This week the boys have a home game on Satur­day against Matata, kick­ing off at 2.30pm, at Moore Park. Come along and sup­port the team.

The game will be fol­lowed by a so­cial at the club rooms. The theme for the so­cial is ‘Black, White and Tight’. All are wel­come.

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