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- By Adam Julian and Steven White
St Pat’s Silverstream have extended their unbeaten run in the Old Boys Cup Traditional to a decade, beating St Pat’s Town 33-24 in Upper Hutt this afternoon.
Silverstream started strongly when outstanding captain and lock Akira Ieremia, the son of Alama ieremia,broke through a crowd of Town defenders at the 10-metre mark, drew the fullback and put halfback Rory Woollett in under the sticks.
Silverstream doubled their lead when first five-eighth Lachie Forbes kicked aimlessly into the 22, but the ball was fumbled by St Pat’s Town fullback Fereti Anae-Brown and centre three-quarter Rocco Berry kicked ahead to touch down. Berry kicked the conversion and it was 14-0 to Silverstream.
An error-ridden Town finally realised they had a bigger forward pack and resorted to effective close-quarter attacks and muscled over for their first try to tighthead prop Siale Luuaki.
Town then introduced width when a left to right cross-kick by first five-eighth Christian Stenhouse to the winger Siali Aukosinto resulted in a try in the corner. The sideline conversion by outside centre Boston Christie made it 14-14 at halftime.
Silverstream surprisingly had a big dominance in the scrum, winning at least three penalties in that facet of the game in the second half. They deservedly took the lead when tighthead prop Mika Felix rumbled over to make it 19-14. The conversion was kicked by Berry.
Christie replied with a 25-metre penalty for St Pat’s Town to advance the score to 21-17 to Silverstream with about 20 minutes still to play.
From that point the game went into a spluttering period in which neither team was able to seize the initiative.
The try that was effectively the match-clincher was then scored by Silverstream when Town fumbled a lineout five metres shy of their own line and lock Marco Venter won the race to the loose ball. The conversion was kicked and it was 28-17 to Silverstream.
The Silverstream reserve bench was full of energy and aggression and hooker Ignatious Sio galloped 20 met
res down the right wing side to set up a try to wing Reihana Dalton.
St Pat’s Town scored a consolation try at the end to make it 33-24.
Town hardly involved their bullocking Hurricanes U18 wing Herman Seumanufagi, while Silverstream were more hungry and accurate at the breakdown, better in the scrums and took their chances.
The win for Silverstream sends them briefly to the top of the Wellington Premiership First XV table, and they play Rongotai College in their next match next Wednesday. Town play Scots next week.
Silverstream also extended their head-to-head win-loss record in this Traditional over St Pat’s Town to 63-19.
In this coming Saturday’s eighth and penultimate round Premiership games, Kapit College host Wairarapa College, Scots College welcome Aotea College, home team Wellington College meets Rongotai College and HIBS and St Bernard’s College clash in Trentham.