Manurewa come up just short against Marist

Manurewa come up just short against Marist

Manurewa have allowed a pair of late tries to go down to Auckland Marist 12-10 in Coleman Shield Premier Women’s action at Mt Wellington War Memorial Park on Saturday.

The local outfit controlled much of the match, leading until very late in the piece before the home side roared to life.

“Our game against Marist was a tough game – it was tough and physical from the get-go,” co-coach Bruce Kaino told Counties Sports Hub.

“We had possession for most of the game, but we just couldn’t capitalise on our opportunities and finish them.

“It was a perfect example of playing rugby for 80 minutes and Marist took their opportunities when it counted.

“Full credit to Marist for keeping us honest and that loss hurt but it’s a good lesson for our team and some of our younger girls who experienced first hand how much things can change in a week.

“We can’t afford to be complacent in this competition.

“Can’t fault the effort from our ladies. We’ll take the learnings and regroup for an in-form Ponsonby.”

Pukekohe picked up a second consecutive win on Friday night as they beat Papakura 29-17 under lights at Massey Park.

It was a good bounce back performance from the home side, who were unable to field a team a week earlier.

Manurewa fall to second spot on the table while Pukekohe move up to fifth place.

All three local sides will be at home next weekend.

Patumahoe and Weymouth both had byes in the 10-a-side Richards-Martin Shield.