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.