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Tawa go top with win over listless Eagles

Header and above: All down the line – Tawa lock Hemi Fermanis makes a break in his side’s 24-21 win over the Hutt Old Boys Marist Eagles in their second round Jubilee Cup fixture.

  • By Adam Julian and Steven White

Jubilee Cup Round 2 results (individual scorers to be added in):

UPDATED: Tawa and Wainuiomata are the two unbeaten teams at the top of the Jubilee Cup standings after the opening fortnight, following Tawa’s 24-21 win over Hutt Old Boys Marist and Wainuiomata’s 24-22 victory over Northern United.  Poneke beat Petone 24-13 in the third match on a cold, blustery afternoon.

The Jubilee Cup standings after two weeks

With the assistance of a stiff breeze, HOBM appeared to pick up from where they left off a fortnight ago by initially setting up shop in the Tawa 22. But they failed to breach the visitors’ resolute defence, turning down kickable penalties and being held up twice over the chalk.

Tawa scored first, prop Sitiveni Ponogo driving over from a maul. HOBM plunged into a listless and error-ridden pattern and Tawa doubled their lead before halftime with wing-threequarter Romu Senileba scoring. Tawa used the breeze smartly, inside backs Luke Cummings and Kemara Hauiti-Parapara playing well and when Senileba dashed 40 metre for his second it appeared to be game over at 21.0.

However the HOBM bench, led by Brett Manaia added spark and they scored two quick converted tries, including ond for Nick Risdon  dummying past Penasi Tokakece like it was 2007 and setting the scene for a wild finish. Tawa regrouped and won a penalty which Sam Clarke kicked. The Eagles scored with the last play to gain a valuable bonus point

For HOBM, flanker Jordan Gillies was again impressive, while wing and Nash Fiso was lively for them. For Tawa, flanker Lorenzo Lolesio, Paongo, prop James Coburn and centre Tom Maiava had some nice touches.

Over the hill, Northern United hooker Ethan Robinson-Mate scored virtually from the opening kick-off and then try-scoring machine No. 8 Luca Rees crossed the chalk to put Norths up 12-0.

Wainuiomata first five-eighth John Monu scored solo in reply to make it 12-7, before his opposite Jackson Garden-Bachop kicked a penalty to make it 15-7. Wainuiomata would go ahead 17-15 through the boot of fullback Josh Robertson-Weepu and a try to halfback TJ Va’a who stripped the ball free in the tackle and scuttled clear.

Norths re-took the lead through a try and conversion to Garden-Bachop but lost a player to a red card and  Wainuiomata scored the match-winner with about 5 minutes to play after a sweeping move up the lefthand touchline and wing Saita Tuaoi going over the whitewash.  Robertson-Weepu kicked the extras. This was Wainuiomata’s sixth straight win.

At Kilbirnie Park it was a typical Jubilee Cup arm-wrestle as Poneke prevailed 24-13 over Petone. Playing with the wind, Poneke opened the scoring with a Pakai Turia penalty, followed soon after by Tupou Sopoaga getting across the line after grubbering for himself. Turia strolled over from a scrum move before penalties led to a 16-8 halftime scoreline.

The second half saw a delay and a swap of referee after an unfortunate collision between Jaime Fairmaid and Petone lock Dylan Williamson. That break seemed to galvanise the home team and a period of pressure saw big veteran Soti Faamausili reach out for a popular try. Petone responded through centre Josh Onekawa but the loss of Adam Simpson to the bin proved too much to overcome, with Turia adding a fourth penalty on fulltime.

Poneke’s loose trio were central to the win, with Greg Foe and Api McMillan-Parata their usual busy selves but usurped on this ocassion by Jimmy Hewitt who had a monster game.

In the Premier 2 Hardham Cup, there were bonus points for each of Old Boys University, the Wellington Axemen and the Avalon Wolves.

At a cold, windy Ngatitoa Domain, OBU were simply too slick out wide for Paremata-Plimmerton in beating them 63-7.

Playing into the wind in the first half, OBU scored four first half tries and took a 24-0 lead into halftime. Paremata-Plimmerton’s forwards had their moments and went close to scoring just prior to halftime but were held out by determined defence.

OBU spun the ball wide from the opening kick-off of the second spell and speedy right wing Trevahn Ta’ufo’ou flew over for the match-winner in the far corner. Second five-eighth Dale Sabbagh slotted the sideline conversion and at 31-0 the game was in the bag.

The home side briefly threatened, again through the forwards, and tighthead prop Junior Davey From there, OBU put on the afterburners and ran in several more tries. Ta’ufo’ou scored a hat-trick and fullback Sam Reid and replacement wing Jack Green scored a double.

At Hataitai Park, the Wellington Axemen beat the Upper Hutt Rams 45-18.

The Rams opened the scoring through hooker Josh Houston-Tupou, but the Axemen struck back with a trio of tries to flanker Max Allen, midfielder Eremia Tapsell and No. 8 James Poloniati. The Axemen would go on to lead 24-18, after they scored their bonus point try to Teo Fudakowski and the Rams crossed again.

The Axemen pulled ahead 38-18 midway through the second half, and then scored once more to seal their win.

At Fraser Park, the Avalon Wolves had an emphatic 53-27 win over the Johnsonville Hawks. The Wolves came off their bye to race to a 29-10 win. Jordan Aquila, Scott Waldrom and blockbusting midfielder Ale Peni scored their first three tries as they went ahead 19-5. Jordan Aquila scored his second try just before the break.

Fullback Site Timu and Scott Waldrom scored again to seal the match. Johnsonville came back with a couple of tries, but Avalon halfback Jordan King scored and converted his own try to clinch victory.

Completing the third round in the College Premiership St Pat’s Town assumed the competition lead after beating Aotea College 33-14. Rongotai joined them (albeit artificially), blanking HIBS 58-0, and Scots accounted for Kapiti 41-5. Wairarapa made home advantage count by seeing off St Bernard’s 42-10. The fifth match was Wednesday’s Traditional with Silverstream beating Wellington College 30-12.

Marist St Pat’s earned their second straight bonus point win in the Division 1 Colts John E Kelly Cup competition, beating Oriental-Rongotai 30-0.

First round winners the Old Boys University Golts bounced back from their loss to Ories last week by blanking Paremata-Plimmerton 20-0. OBU had first use of the wind but failed to make in-roads. An early penalty was eventually followed by a forwards try from a lineout drive and they went up 10-0.

A penalty miss in front of the uprights on the buzzer for OBU could have proved costly, as Paremata-Plimmerton endevoured to speed the game up and keep play away from the set-piece exchanges where OBU were dominant. OBU withstood this, and scored their second try through a lineout drive to go up 15-0. They then crossed for their third and match-winner with about 15 minutes to play through their left wing who regathered his own kick and chase in general play.

Tawa beat Petone 36-19 and Norths beat HOBM 34-25 in the other two Division 1 Colts games.

In Colts Division 2, OBU Black and the Avalon WolfCubs are the two unbeaten teams, OBU beating Wainuiomata 43-8 and Avalon defeating Johnsonville 42-14.

The early Premier Reserve game at Kilbirnie Park was as tight as the main game that followed it. Petone’s 15-0 halftime lead had been pegged back to 15-14 when former All Black Piri Weepu entered with 15 minutes to play. Wearing #1 but at first-five his influence was immediate and dramatic as the visitors scored three times to pull away to win 34-14.

The other two Premier Reserve Ed Chaney Cup matches saw Tawa beat HOBM 44-26 and Norths ease past Wainuiomata 86-7.

In Premier Reserve Division 2,  the Upper Hutt Rams edged Wellington 19-17, while OBU beat Paremata-Plimmerton 38-18 and Johnsonville toppled Avalon 51-28.

Oriental-Rongotai clinched the first round Women’s Rebecca Liua’ana Trophy (with Liua’ana herself playing) with a 50-17 win over Marist St Pat’s.

Black Ferns left wing Ayesha Leti-L’iga scored a hat-trick inside 15 minutes and scored a fourth before halftime to see Ories go up 20-0 at halftime. The scoring came thick and fast after the break. Ories won the first round with a perfect 8 from 8 record.

Second placed Norths beat already confirmed third placed Petone 46-0 in their match, while Old Boys University clinched the fourth spot for the second round Division 1 competition with a 67-0 win over Wainuiomata/Avalon on Friday night.

The composition of the Division 1/Division 2 split for the second round has yet to be finalised, but if there is a fifth team in Division 1 starting next week then that will be Paremata-Plimmerton, after they triumphed over Poneke 91-0 in their fourth game this weekend.

The Avalon Wolves have won the first round U85kg Paul Potiki Shield with next week’s last round to spare, edging Paraparaumu 13-10 today.

The Upper Hutt Rams occupy second after their 36-24 win over Wests on the Roosters’ Old Timers’ Day, with the HOBM Howlers third after beating MSP 44-20. Eastbourne beat Wellington 20-5 and the Johnsonville Terrahawks defeated the OBU Scallywags 71-10 (Friday night) in the other two U85kg matches.

St Pat’s Town had a hard-fought 33-14 win over Aotea College at Evans Bay Park.

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