Difficult conditions, but few upsets in rugby

Blessing Mulitalo dives over to score for Ardmore-Marist despite a chase from Waiuku’s Ethan James.

Blessing Mulitalo dives over to score for Ardmore-Marist despite a chase from Waiuku’s Ethan James.

In Counties Power Club Rugby this weekend, Counties Power Cup Holders Pukekohe picked up another victory by defeating Patumahoe 25-19.
In difficult conditions Pukekohe played into the wind first but managed to score in the opening 10 minutes to Mark Price.
They were then forced to play plenty of defence for the remainder of the half, but went into half trailing after Sam Furniss collected an intercept try a minute before the break.
The match continued to be pretty even in the second half until hooker Gafatasi Su’a was able to get across and claim two tries.
PGG Wrightson’s top point’s scorer Nathan De Thierry continued to add to his tally by adding the extras for Pukekohe with two conversions and two penalties.
Patumahoe’s extra points came through the boot of Riley Hohepa he added a conversion and four penalties.
Flanker Fotu Lokotui was named the PGG Wrightson Player of the Day with his impressive performance.
It will be a tough battle for Pukekohe next week as they are away to Bombay.
Bombay Gough CAT collected a convincing victory over Onewhero 48-15.
Onewhero opened the scoring and applied plenty of early pressure to Bombay, who were disappointed with their first half performance but still managed to have four tries by halftime.
Bombay fired in the second half as they stuck to their structures a little better and were able to reap the rewards.
A special day for Joshua Stol who got one of the sides tries in which was also his 50th game for the club.
Also getting on the scoresheet for Bombay were Epeli Lotawa who ran in a hat trick of tries while Sepuloni Taufa, Sam Vaka, Piers Francis and Kalolo Tuiloma also added to the side’s tally in which they eventually scored eight tries with Francis converting four of those.
Onewhero’s two tries came from Vaughan Holdt and Richard Judd with Joshua Turner adding a conversion and a successful penalty.
Next week Onewhero host Ardmore.
Karaka Vernon & Vazey proved too strong for Manurewa defeating them 41-7. Karaka ran in six tries to one Karaka playing with the wind in the first half opened the scoring in the first five minutes with a try to prop Simone Gatolai who began a counter attack from 90 metres out and was able to finish it off by dotting down. It was the first of his two tries of the day.
Five minutes later Karaka produced the same type of try with Siulongoua Fotofili getting on the scoresheet.
Halfback Asa Lehauli also found himself over the tryline in the first half to help Karaka to a 24 nil lead at the break.
Next week Manurewa host Patumahoe.
In appalling conditions with gale force winds Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors picked up a narrow 17-15 victory over Waiuku.
Ardmore started strongly with plenty of attacking opportunities but weren’t able to get the rewards, with Waiuku defending strongly.
It meant the teams went into half time 0-0.
However in the opening few minutes of the second half Ardmore were able to get on the scoreboard through Louis Kapeteni and then from the kick off were able to extend their lead with a nice worked move which resulted in Blessing Mulitalo getting across to score to give Ardmore a 10-0 lead. Waiuku converted a successful penalty through Ropini Tupu.
Ardmore then scored through Sikeli Nabou before Waiuku came back with tries to Tupu and Ethan James in the 32nd and 38th minute however a missed conversion meant Ardmore held onto their lead to take the victory.

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