Bombay kept their McNamara Cup semi-final chances alive

Bombay kept their McNamara Cup semi-final chances alive
Bombay kept their McNamara Cup semi-final chances alive and well with a crucial 39-21 win over Papakura at Bombay Domain on Saturday.
The win sees Bombay move to within two points of a spot in the all-important top four and sets Mike Tuiloma’s team up for a key match-up with fourth-placed Manurewa in a couple of weeks.
“I think we are travelling in the right direction,” Tuiloma said. “The boys are starting to click, albeit it took all of round one. Still lots more to tweak but we only have one week to do that before we hit the yellow brick road with the big four. I know everyone is eyeing the Bombay v Rewa game but we, as a team, are now only focused on Ardmore Marist. It’s important for us we don’t underestimate them; they are fronting week in and week out and respect that but also know the task is to get five points.”
Pukekohe grabbed 30-20 win over Manurewa at Colin Lawrie Fields to stay in the battle for a home semi-final. Michael Porter’s side is just three points adrift of top spot on the ladder.
Patumahoe hammered Ardmore Marist 104-0 at Patumahoe Domain and join Karaka at the top of the standings.
Manurewa prevailed 37-24 over Pukekohe in Bob Chandler Cup Premier Development play while Papakura continued their strong run of form with a 34-27 win over Bombay.
Te Kauwhata scored a much needed 27-12 win over Puni at home in Sid Marshall Shield action.
Defending champions Drury moved up to third thanks to a 36-12 win over Tuakau while Weymouth secured a 45-24 victory against Onewhero.
Maramarua kept pace with the top four thanks to a 24-10 win against Te Kohanga while top placed Waiuku eased by Manurewa 47-14.
Patumahoe and Pukekohe drew 10-10 in the only U85kg game played on the long weekend.