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Bay of Plenty and Baywide Premier 15s champions raiders Te Puna ran hot on day of the National Club Sevens tournament at a sunny Jerry Collins Stadium on Friday.
Te Puna emerged as the form team from the tough pool A section to win all their games and head into day two with confidence.
The Steamers side produced skill and pace to beat Wellington champions Hutt Old Boys Marist 19-10, Counties Manukau winners Ardmore Marist 17-10 and a lively MAC from Hawke’s Bay 22-12.
The National Club 7s field was reduced from 16 to 14 teams on tournament eve, with Horowhenua-Kapiti team Toa pulling out and Manawatu’s Feilding Yellows withdrawing on account of four of their players being pulled to play in an U20 trial match.
Following a short opening ceremony, involving the mayor and deputy mayor of Porirua City and other dignitaries, the tournament got underway at 9am under sunny skies but on a slightly slippery surface with Te Puna’s opener against the HOBM Eagles.
Dunedin’s Alhambra Union started in positive vein, beating a youthful Oriental-Rongotai side 27-12 after coming back from two tries down. Ories would improve as the day progressed, beating Christchurch’s Marist Albion 29-12 and then Manawatu’s Massey University 21-17 in a thriller that included a hat-trick to Ethan Webster-Nonu and a knock-on near the line by Massey at the end.
Marist Albion would start and finish well, laying on an injection of tries in beating Massey 24-7 and beating Alhambra Union 26-12 in the last game of day one.
Wellington’s HOBM were beaten 22-14 to make it one win from three and miss out on the Cup section on day one, while their 26-21 win over MAC was a thriller that saw playmaker Sheridan Rangihuna cross-kicking for Fereti Soloa to collect and score the winning try.
The very next game was also a tight affair, with Northland’s Kaitaia City scoring the winning try in the same corner as Soloa’s to beat Canterbury’s Saracens 29-26.
Day One Results (day two draw here):
|MIDDLESEX COUNTY WAVELL CUP|
|Day 1 – Friday 7 February 2020, Porirua Park|
|POOL||SCORE||TEAM A||TEAM B||SCORE|
|A||19||Te Puna||v||Hutt Old Boys Marist||7|
|B||0||Kaitaia City||v||Havelock North||12|
|C||28||Northern United||v||Waihi Athletic||5|
|C||WBD||Timaru Old Boys||v||Toa||LBD|
|D||24||Marist Albion||v||Massey University||7|
|A||28||Te Puna||v||Ardmore Marist||17|
|A||26||Hutt Old Boys Marist||v||MAC||21|
|B||LBD||Feilding Yellow||v||Havelock North||WBD|
|C||27||Northern United||v||Timaru Old Boys||5|
|D||17||Alhambra Union||v||Massey University||7|
|A||14||Hutt Old Boys Marist||v||Ardmore Marist||22|
|B||LBD||Feilding Yellow||v||Kaitaia City||WBD|
|C||0||Waihi Athletic||v||Timaru Old Boys||17|
|D||14||Alhambra Union||v||Marist Albion||24|