Under pressure to keep their McNamara Cup season alive Pukekohe Mitre 10 Mega produced their best performance of the season to beat Waiuku Land & Sea Civil 40-14 at Colin Lawrie Fields on Saturday.
Sean Polwart’s side needed to beat Waiuku to remain in the hunt for a top five spot after the first nine weeks of competition and responded superbly, scoring early and opening up a big lead that they never relinquished.
“It was a must win game and a performance that we have been building towards for a while,” Polwart said.
“We did the simple things well – took kick offs, exited our half, held onto the ball and won the collisions.
“But we need to be able to back it up against Papakura next weekend.
“Jarrod Halliday was a stand-out at 10 – he literally could miss off the tee. Jamie Orr and Sam Slade led from the front while both of our wingers had good games.”
Patumahoe Troydon Patumahoe Hotel were equally as impressive as they upset Manurewa Kidd Contracting 23-20 to climb into fourth spot in the standings.
The home side led throughout the match but had to fight off a couple of Manurewa comebacks and earned the victory on the back of resolute defense.
“I feel really good and happy the boys responded the right way,” Patumahoe coach Reon Graham said. “We worked on a lot of things during the week and that paid off in the end.
“I was happy with our defense – we defended well for long periods, in the first half and then in the second when they came back at us.
“The boys were up for it and they can see what they are capable now and ready to take another step hopefully.”
It was the third successive win for Patumahoe.
Karaka had to flex their muscles in the final quarter as they pulled away late to beat Bombay Super Freight 32-14 at Karaka Sports Complex.
The win is the sixth-straight victory for Karaka while the loss consigns the reigning McNamara Cup champions to fifth.
“A real battle that was only decided in the last 15 minutes,” Karaka coach Craig Hill said. “Bombay took advantage when we were down to 13 players at one stage, with two in the bin.
“It was a very physical game and we will have some sore bodies this morning.
“We had a large penalty count against us and line-outs will be a big work on but defensively the boys were outstanding.”
Onewhero Summit Homes scored a converted try with time elapsed to secure a 17-17 draw with Papakura Thirsty Liquor at Onewhero on Saturday.
The close encounter was locked at 10-10 for much of the second half before Papakura scored what looked to be a match winner late in the piece.
But with time expired Sam Shuker scored and converted to earn the last gasp draw.
“We didn’t take Papakura lightly as they have put a lot of pressure on every team they have encountered,” Onewhero coach Paolo Bernadi said.
“They scored quite close to the end to make it 17-10 but our boys didn’t back down and they recovered the ball and held possession until Sam Shuker scored the seven points we need.
“This shows the character of the boys and I am very happy with what I have seen on the field.
“We are building a culture of hard work and commitment and expecting results in the longer term.”
Papakura meanwhile were disappointed to let a win slip through their fingers two weeks running.
“We knew Onewhero would be a different team at home and that proved to be the case,” Papakura coach Kerry Petrie said. “They started well, having a lot of early possession leading to them scoring first.
“Unfortunately for us the momentum and energy gained from our previous week did not transfer across to this week, resulting in a lot of the detail around how we play and why simply not being executed.
“Although we got ourselves back into the contest, hitting the lead with four minutes to go, we again couldn’t finish the game off. Overall a messy affair from which a lot of learnings will be gained.”
Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors claimed an 85-14 win over Weymouth to move back into second spot.
Weymouth will be encouraged by scoring a pair of tries against one of the competition heavyweights.
Bombay edged Karaka 17-10 in Bob Chandler Cup Premier Reserves action while Patumahoe Dave Redshaw Electrical beat Manurewa Wise Property Management 32-15.
Ardmore Marist Barfoot & Thompson proved too strong for Pukekohe 24-15.
Te Kauwhata Proclad continued their dominant start to the Championship grade as they beat Tuakau 58-0.
Drury enjoyed their second straight win with a 24-17 victory over newcomers Te Kohanga while Patumahoe Village Bar & Grill beat Papakura 20-5 to remain unbeaten.
Maramarua picked up their first win over the season with a 25-17 victory over Pukekohe.
Patumahoe CJM Construction picked up a big Massey Cup U21 37-5 win over neighbours Pukekohe. Papakura Thirsty Liquor beat Karaka 31-17 and Manurewa Barfoot & Thompson thumped Waiuku 74-12 elsewhere in the grade.
Manurewa thrashed Ardmore Marist 62-5 in the Counties Power Game of the Week in the Premier Women’s grade at Bruce Pulman Park.
Ardmore Marist had come in as competition leaders but were upstaged by a fired up Manurewa side that is still smarting from going to periods of extra time in the competition final last season before losing to Ponsonby.
Papakura went down to Marist 76-7 while Patumahoe Searle Group enjoyed a 45-7 win over East Tamaki in the 10s competition.
Patumahoe’s U85kg side completed the club clean sweet Saturday by winning their National U85kg competition game against Hamilton Marist 47-12.
Onewhero lost 34-19 to Melville in the same competition.
Counties Power Club Rugby Results 8 May 2021:
McNamara Cup (Premiership):
Onewhero Summit Homes 17-17 Papakura Thirsty
Karaka 32-14 Bombay Super Freight – Counties Power Cup Holders Karaka
Pukekohe Mitre 10 Mega Pukekohe 40-14 Waiuku Land & Sea Civil
Patumahoe Troydon Patumahoe Hotel 23-20 Manurewa Kidd Contracting
Weymouth 14-85 Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors
Sid Marshall Shield (Championship)
Drury 24-17 Te Kohanga
Papakura Thirsty Liquor 5-20 Patumahoe Village Bar & Grill
Te Kauwhata PROCLAD 58-0 Tuakau
Puni Manurewa no score submitted
Pukekohe 17-25 Maramarua
Bob Chandler Cup (Premier Reserves)
Karaka 10-17 Bombay
Pukekohe 15-24 Ardmore Marist Barfoot & Thompson
Patumahoe Dave Redshaw Electrical 32-15 Manurewa Wise Property Management
Massey Cup (Under 21)
Papakura Thirsty Liquor 31-17 Karaka
Waiuku 12-74 Manurewa Barfoot & Thompson
Patumahoe CJM Construction 37-5 Pukekohe
Under 85kg NZB National Cup
Patumahoe 47-12 Hamilton Marist
Melville 34-19 Onewhero
Marist 76-7 Papakura
Ardmore Marist 5-62 Manurewa (Counties Power Game of the Week)
East Tamaki 10-45 Patumahoe
Counties Power Club Rugby Draws 15 May 2021:
McNamara Cup (Premiership):
Onewhero Summit Homes Patumahoe Troydon Patumahoe Hotel
Karaka Manurewa Kidd Contracting
Pukekohe Mitre 10 Mega Pukekohe Papakura Thirsty Liquor
Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors Bombay Super Freight
Waiuku Land & Sea Civil Weymouth
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