Counties B v BoP Dev
Counties reigned supreme throughout the game, winning 59-31. The Steelers went into the attack from kick-off, Karl Ropati bagging the first try in the first minute and Sione Malia added another in the fifth minute. BoP’s Jeff Thwaite put his team on the board soon after. A penalty by Riley Hohepa took the score to15-7.
The try fest just continued: Louis Kapiteni in the 20th minute, Sione Malia in the 25th, Epeli Lotawa int he 28th, but no conversions for Riley Hohepa until Liam Daniela went over in the 35th minute.
The halftime score was 37-7.
Bay of Plenty showed more spirit in the second half, though Karl Ropati repeated his game opener by scoring a try after three minutes. A conversion and a penalty by Riley Hohepa took the score to 47-7 after just six minutes into the second half.
BoP started to show some bite and a fair bit of pushing and shoving near the try line resulted in a BoP try in the 18th minutes of the second spell, which Tim O’Malley converted, 47-14. In the 25th minute of the second half a Desma Liaina try made it 52-7.
Bay of Plenty scored three more tries, all conversion attempts hitting the uprights, including one near full-time that took the Steelers by surprise and left them standing around watching.
Antonio Lavemai added a final try for Counties, which was converted by Kieran Rollinson. The final score was 59-31. Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post