Action-packed weekend of rugby for Round 8

Action-packed weekend of rugby for Round 8
Patumahoe have made a strong start to the second round of the McNamara Cup as they eased to a 41-17 victory over Papakura at Massey Park on Saturday. The visitors were sharp with ball in hand, scoring some good tries as their offense looks to have taken a significant step forward from last season.
“Happy to come here and get the five points and start the second round with a win,” Healy told Counties Sports Hub. “They have the makings of a good squad – a top four team – they just need to stick together for a couple of seasons. They will push teams in the second round – that showed today as we probably slumped in the second half.
“We will nurse the bodies next week and then into our three big games against the other big three teams.”
Pukekohe had little trouble in accounting for Ardmore Marist 60-3 at Bruce Pulman Park to continue to hold third place on the table. They have opened up a 10-point gap back to Manurewa in fourth spot and will now be focused on trying to secure a home semi-final through the rest of pool play.
Karaka remain undefeated and withstood a strong Manurewa comeback to beat the defending champions 50-28 at Mountfort Park. Craig Hill’s side raced out of the blocks to open up a sizeable lead before Manurewa fought their way back into the contest in the second spell. But a late onslaught blew the score out again in favour of Karaka.
Papakura picked up a big 46-12 win over Patumahoe in Bob Chandler Cup Premier Development competition that lifts them to second in the standings.
Manurewa were no match for top-of-the-table Karaka, going down 29-12.
Defending champions Drury jumped back into the top four of the Sid Marshall Shield standings with a 65-0 blanking of Puni.
Onewhero kept the pressure on the two leading sides with a hard-fought 34-19 win at home to Maramarua.
Waiuku came from behind to beat Te Kauwhata 40-12 to remain atop the standings while Weymouth bounced back with a 34-12 victory over neighbours Manurewa.
Te Kohanga edged Tuakau 29-28 in a thrilling contest at Tuakau.
Manurewa handed two-time defending champions Karaka first loss on the season in the Massey Cup U21 competition when they triumphed 18-15 at Mountfort Park.
In the other match, Ardmore Marist defeated Pukekohe 18-7 at Bruce Pulman Park.
Ardmore Marist picked up a key 28-22 in Pool A of the U19 playoff bracket, while Waiuku held off Auckland side Puketapapa 21-10.
In U85kg action, Waiuku beat Patumahoe 30-8 in a replay of last year’s decider.
Karaka held off Beachlands Maraetai 15-10 at Karaka while Pukekohe proved too good for Onewhero with a 27-9 victory up the hill.
Manurewa got a walk-over win against Papatoetoe in Women’s Premier action while it was another good weekend for local sides in the Women’s Development grade.
Papakura beat Glenfield 33-17, Pukekohe were too good for Eden 39-20 while Karaka blanked Massey 46-0.
Patumahoe got a win by default against Waitakere.