Karaka protected their blemish-free McNamara Cup record

Karaka protected their blemish-free McNamara Cup record
Karaka protected their blemish-free McNamara Cup record with a hard-fought 15-3 win over Pukekohe at Karaka Sports Complex on Saturday. Craig Hill’s side led for most of the game but were unable to shake their opponents in a stop-start affair. They finally sealed the win late in the contest but fall to second on the standings after Patumahoe’s bonus point win against Manurewa. Karaka has a game in hand, however.
“A very tight game with not a lot in it – could have gone either way,” said Hill. “Really pleased with our defence. Had a handful of chances at various times during the game, Puke scrambled well to cut those off. Look forward to Patty at Patty now, never easy out there.”
Patumahoe proved too good for defending champions Manurewa, running out 34-19 winners at Mountfort Park. The Brad Healy-coached Patumahoe outfit has lost only once this season – to Karaka – and now look set to battle it out for top spot over the coming weekends.
Bombay jumped into the top four with a convincing 73-10 win over Ardmore Marist at Bruce Pulman Park. The win ensures Mike Tuiloma’s side now faces a head-to-head battle with Manurewa for the final playoff spot. The two sides meet in a mouth-watering contest this coming weekend.
Manurewa scored a 24-19 win over Patumahoe in Bob Chandler Cup Premier Development play that goes a long way to securing a semi-final berth.
Karaka remain atop the standings after a 38-15 win over Pukekohe.
Defending champions Drury had to work to beat Maramarua in a terrific battle that ended in a 22-13 win to the visitors.
Te Kauwhata thumped Tuakau 62-12 while Weymouth cruised to a 55-12 win on the road at Te Kohanga.
Waiuku stayed top of the table thanks to a 31-0 win over Puni while Onewhero blanked Manurewa 26-0 to remain in the top four.
Manurewa claimed a 21-15 win over Patumahoe in Massey Cup U21 action that sees the two sides swap places on the ladder – Manurewa moving up to second.
Karaka remain on top thanks to a 54-12 win over Pukekohe.
Ardmore Marist scored a 31-10 win on the road against TKO (Tuakau, Te Kohanga and Onewhero) in Bright Cup U19 playoff action.
Karaka completed a 27-10 win over Pukekohe in U85kg play at Colin Lawrie Fields, while Patumahoe thumped Drury 62-15.
Waiuku were too good for Beachlands Maraetai 39-6.
Papakura secured a brilliant 27-14 win over Patumahoe in the Women’s Premier Development grade to move up to fourth.
Pukekohe remain on top of the table thanks to a 55-0 blanking of Glenfield, while Karaka hold second place after a 39-5 win on the road at Eden.