- By Steven White, Adam Julian and Scott MacLean
Results and Standings HERE
Wainuiomata, Northern United and Hutt Old Boys Marist were the third round Premier Jubilee Cup winners on a grey day of Wellington Premier Club today.
Wainuiomata lowered Poneke’s colours 18-13 away at Kilbirnie Park to register their third straight win of the second round competition and seventh overall, Norths subdued a lively challenge from Petone to win 22-10 at Jerry Collins Stadium and Hutt Old Boys Marist rejoined the winners’ circle with 39-27 win over Oriental-Rongotai in the battle of the birds.
All three wins were built on solid forwards efforts, with the Wainuiomata and Norths tight forwards proving the difference in their wins and the HOBM lineout in particular helping to pave the way for victory at the Polo Ground.
In a tough, slow first half, Wainuiomata capitalised on an error-ridden Poneke team throughout much of the first half, scoring tries through lock Matt Jacobs from a lineout drive and halfback Uale Mai from a dart at the line from close range. Poneke hit back just before halftime with a try to centre Levi Harmon to trail 7-15 at the interval.
Poneke fought back early in the second half and first five-eighth Pakai Turia kicked two penalties to to close the gap to 13-15. A key moment of the game was a try-saving tackle by Wainuiomata wing-turned halfback Solomona Mapesone. Wainuiomata were able to work their way out of their territory and Josh Robertson-Weepu kicked a penalty to seal their win.
Norths made a breezy start against Petone when right wing Junior Time-Taotua scored the first of his two tries in the corner. Second five-eighth Kienan Higgins scored again for the home team after a piercing run by centre Johnny Teleaga, before flanker Josh Hunt scored to put Norths up 17-0 after a scrum penalty and subsequent lineout drive.
Petone struck back on halftime when they kicked for the corner and drove flanker Jarrod Hrstich over for a try to make it 17-7 to Norths at halftime. Petone halfback Logan Henry kicked a penalty early in the second half to make it 17-10, but wing Time-Taotua lit up a gloomy Porirua Park by running back a kick in general and scampering 50 metres to score the match-winner.
Wing Fereti Soloa and lock David Filipo scored tries to put HOBM up 15-7 over Ories in Miramar. Wing Nash Fiso-Vaelei scored a third try for the Eagles to put up 22-7. Ories scored out-wide through wing Reuben Va’a to close the gap to 22-12. Ories roared back to draw level at 22-22 early in the second spell but HOBM wing ran 70m for a decisive try to put the Eagles in front 27-22 and then pulled clear from there to win.
In the Premier 2 Hardham Cup, Old Boys University defeated Marist St Pat’s in the feature match of the round at Evans Bay Park, while the Wellington Axemen earned their second consecutive bonus point win at home in beating the Avalon Wolves 38-8 and the Upper Hutt Rams scored a late try to see of Paremata-Plimmerton 24-19 at home at Maoribank Park.
The OBU Goats held a 7-5 lead over MSP at halftime, following a 15th minute try to MSP flanker James Tuia and then a try from a lineout drive to OBU No. 8 Teariki Ben Nicholas. MSP lost midfielder Isaia Petelo to the sin-bin late in the first half, and OBU went on to extend their lead to 13-7 midway through the second spell with two penalties. OBU left wing Trevahn Ta’ufo’ou would score the winning try later in the second half and the Goats held on to win and re-take the Bill Brien Challenge Trophy.
The Upper Hutt Rams went out to a 12-0 lead over Paremata-Plimmerton, extending this to 19-7. But Paremata-Plimmerton came back to draw level 19-19 with 15 minutes still to play. A tight fourth quarter tussle ensued, before the Rams worked their way up field and scored the winning try with a few minutes to play.
The Wellington Axemen scored all their early points to wing Ollie Marshall, through two unconverted tries and to penalties to see them go up 16-0 later in the first half. Avalon Wolves halfback Jordan King kicked a penalty to close the gap to 16-3, but a third Marshall penalty put the Axemen up 19-3 at the break. The Axemen then extended their lead with two more tries to go 31-3 up. Avalon right wing Jayson Aquila scored their only try, before the Axemen sealed victory with their final try of the afternoon to centre Eeremia Tapsell.
In the only Women’s Division 1 Tia Paasi Memorial match played Oriental-Rongotai kept their perfect record on the season intact, but only just as they edged great rivals Norths 21-20 at the Polo Ground. Norths scored four tries but were unable to convert any, proving costly.
The other match saw OBU handed the five points from Petone, with a swathe of injuries, absences, and unavailability leaving the Ponies unable to front a team.
The two Women’s Division 2 Izzy Ford Cup matches were both shutouts. Marist St Pat’s ran away with matters last night at Fraser Park, blanking Wainuiomata/Avalon 83-0, while HOBM eased out a 30-0 win over Poneke in a six-try victory.
In the Premier Reserve Ed Chaney Cup, Norths maintained their winning record in the second by beating Petone 19-14 on the top field at Porirua Park. Poneke beat Waiuiomata 66-17 and Ories and HOBM met at the Polo Ground.
In Premier Reserve second tier HD Morgan Memorial matches, MSP maintained their season winning record with a hard-fought 12-8 win over Old Boys University, while the Upper Hutt Rams second XV earned their third straight win with a 36-19 victory over Paremata-Plimmerton and Wellington beat Avalon 38-12, for their first win of the year.
There’s a logjam at the top of the John E Kelly Division 1 Colts standings after today’s round of games. OBU Green ensured their loss to Ories two weeks ago was nothing more than a blip, swamping MSP 41-19 on the St Pats Town turf in a seven tries to three win. HOBM and Tawa joined them at the top; HOBM edged Ories 15-14 at Polo, while Tawa beat Paremata-Plimmerton 24-3 at Lyndhurst. The upset of the round however was at Porirua Park, with Petone taking down Norths 23-18.
Petone scored the winning try on fulltime in their Colts win over Norths on Jerry Collins Stadium, after Norths had opted to take a penalty kick a few minutes from the end to level scores up at 18-18. Both sides shadowed each other throughout, and it was 10-10 at halftime and later 15-15.
In the three Colts Division 2 Vic Calcinai Memorial matches leaders Poneke crushed Wainuiomata 62-14, the Upper Hutt Rams saw off Johnsonville 46-12, and the Wellington Axemen got just their second win of the season by tipping over Avalon 25-10.
The Avalon Wolves collected the first round JC Bowl U85kg trophy today following their match against the Upper Hutt Rams at Maoribank Park. In the two known results as of Saturday evening, the Johnsonville Terrahawks defeated MSP 51-14 and the Paraparaumu side beat Wellington 26-25.
Its was a day to confound expectations in the College Premiership. Predictably Silverstream were too strong in overcoming St Bernard’s 59-7 and Scots werent put off by the haul to Masterton and saw off Wairarapa 54-7. But beyond that St Pats Town were made to work hard by a gallant Rongotai in their eastern suburbs derby to win 10-7 after it was 0-0 at half time, Hutt International put their tough start behind them to take down Aotea 8-7, and Kapiti nearly acheived their biggest Premiership result drawing 29-all with Wellington College.
In Premier 2 Tawa crushed Taita 71-24, Hutt Valley HS beat the Silverstream 2nds 23-19, and Porirua got off the mark by beating local rivals Mana 33-26. Upper Hutt College beat Wainuiomata 44-5 with that result also meaning that they’ll face Aotea in the Coed Cup final (date TBC), while the fifth match had the Rongotai 2nds hosting their Town counterparts