Papakura Ray White got their first win of the season Saturday as they knocked over neighbours Karaka 28-25 at Massey Park.
In doing so they picked up a four-try bonus point as well to lift themselves off the bottom of the ladder.
Papakura had been threatening to beat one of the top sides all season and went very close to beating both Waiuku and Pukekohe earlier in the season.
“It was a long time coming,” coach Gavin Giles said. “We had a bit of heart-break a few weeks ago when we lost to Puke in injury time and we were close to Waiuku. We have been working hard for three years now to try and get a win against one of the top sides.
“So it was relief more than anything and a really good result for the boys.”
Giles can see this result having a lasting impression on his team as well.
“It has to be [a confidence booster],” Giles said. “The win was elusive but now the guys understand what is needed to get there. Rugby is an 80 minute game so you can’t switch off at all.
“Going forward they will take a lot of confidence out of this.”
Onewhero Silver Fern Marquees produced a superb display in beating Pukekohe Mitre 10 Mega 29-22 at Colin Lawrie Fields.
Onewhero raced out to a big halftime lead, scoring all of their points in the first 40 minutes. Pukekohe came storming back in the second spell but couldn’t do enough to win the game.
“We stuck to our game plan,” coach Lesley Vainikolo said. “Pukekohe is a big team with big forwards and part of our plan was to move them around. The more we moved them around the more tired they would get.
“We also concentrated on doing the little things well.”
The win was extremely important for Onewhero as it keeps them in touch with the top four. They are seven points off fourth place at the end of the first round.
“We worked hard in the first block of games and again in the second block,” Vainikolo explained. “If we start concentrating on the little things and cut out some mistakes we will trouble teams.”
Both sides collected four-try bonus points in the match.
Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors finished the first round by making an emphatic statement, thrashing early season leaders Patumahoe Troydon Patumahoe Hotel 51-7 at Bruce Pulman Park in the Counties Power Game of the Week.
The home side started with a hiss and a roar, racing out to a 31-0 lead in the first half. Patumahoe had no answer to Doug Sanft’s side’s onslaught.
Manurewa Kidd Contracting kept pace with Ardmore Marist however as they racked up 12 tries in their 74-12 hiding of Waiuku Brian James Contracting.
The duo of Josh Tafili (13) and Willie Tuala (12) top the AS Wilcox leaderboard with tries scored in the first round – well clear of the chasing pack.
Patumahoe Dave Redshaw Electrical got a little revenge for their club in Premier 2 action as they beat Ardmore Marist Ross Roof Group 31-21. Pukekohe Franklin Long Roofing thumped Onewhero Hinemoa Produce 62-3 while Karaka managed a 30-19 win over Papakura Ray White. Manurewa Wish Property Management were too good for Waiuku 51-34.
In premier 3 action competition leaders Weymouth nearly registered the century as they belted Puni 98-8. Te Kauwhata enjoyed a lopsided result as well - a 61-12 win over Drury while Maramarua beat Karaka 26-22 in a close match.
Karaka got the better of Ardmore Marist Ross Roof Group 39-36 in a close encounter in Massey Cup Under 21 action. Pukekohe ran out 49-21 winners over Papakura Ray White while Bombay thrashed Manurewa 52-0.
In Under 85kg action Papakura Ray White beat Pukekohe 27-24 in a thrilling match while Onewhero Bottle’O Tuakau enjoyed a 14-0 win over Bombay Lincoln Farms. Patumahoe Pak N Save collected a 41-3 win over Waiuku.
McNamara Cup (Premier 1)
Pukekohe Mitre 10 Mega 22
(Boaz Magege, William Bond, Peni Buakula, Hemen Keshwan tries; Cody White cons)
Onewhero Silver Fern Marquees 29
(Penalty try, Jackson Orr, Vaughan Holdt, Kieran Whyte tries; Rhain Strang 2 cons; Rhain Strang pens)
Papakura Ray White 28
(Faalae Peni, Darryl Hemopo, George Crichton, Federick Cain tries; Faalae Peni cons; Faalae Peni 2 pens)
(Salesitangi Savelio, Cardiff Vaega, Walter Fifita tries; Juan Benadie 2 cons; Juan Benadie 2 pens)
Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors (Counties Power Cup Holders) 51
(Kateistoti Nginingini, Damon Leasuasu, Joel Taumateine, Alesio Vili,Karl Ropati, Liam Fitzsimons 4 tries; Latiume Fosita 3 cons)
Patumahoe Troydon Patumahoe Hotel 7
(Vernon Comley tries; Riley Hohepa cons)
Manurewa Kidd Contracting 74
(Joshua Tafili 3, Mike Tafili 2, William Raea 2, Willie Tuala 2, James Faiva, Logan Fonoti, Jesse Pascoe tries; Gene Te Amo 7 cons)
Waiuku Brian James Contracting 12
(Victor Beach, Irwin Finau tries; Christian Walker cons)
Bob Chandler Memorial (Premier 2)
Pukekohe Franklin Long Roofing 62 Onewhero Hinemoa Produce 3; Papakura Ray White 19 Karaka 30; Ardmore Marist Ross Roof Group 21 Patumahoe Dave Redshaw Electrical 31; Manurewa Wish Property Management 51 Waiuku 34
Sid Marshall Shield (Premier 3)
Drury 12 Te Kauwhata 61; Weymouth 98 Puni 8; Maramarua 26 Karaka 22
Massey Cup (U21)
Manurewa 0 Bombay 52; Karaka 39 Ardmore Marist Ross Roof Group 36; Papakura Ray White 21 Pukekohe 49;
Onewhero Bottle’O Tuakau 14 Bombay Lincoln Farms 0; Papakura Ray White 27 Pukekohe 24; Patumahoe Pak N Save 41 Waiuku 3
Women’s: Ardmore Marist ECB; Ponsonby 12 Manurewa 35; Waiuku 34 Papakura 10.