Papakura picked up their first win of the McNamara Cup season Saturday as they claimed a 25-12 win over Waiuku Brian James Contracting at Massey Park.
The home side went super close before losing in injury time last week to Onewhero but never looked threatened in winning the Counties Power Game of the Week.
“We are rapt to get the win,” co-coach Shaun Clotworthy said. “It will do wonders for our confidence. The boys have been working hard and deserved it. We are pleased for them.
“We started average – Waiuku came out and probably dominated us for the first 20-30 minutes but we stuck in there and then in the end stuck to our structures and got on top and started believing in ourselves and came away with a nice win.”
Papakura have missed some key personnel through the opening rounds but got a massive boost with representative front rowers Sam Aiono and Howard Sililoto getting back to help them beat Waiuku on the weekend.
“They had their first full game for us and gave our scrum a real boost and forward pack a real platform to work from.”
Manurewa Kidd Contracting handed Pukekohe Mitre 10 Mega their first defeat of the season and lifted the Counties Power Cup with a 36-20 win at Mountfort Park.
The home side picked up a four-try bonus point in the win as well and cemented their spot in the top four. It also is a fourth successive win in a row for Jeremy Clark’s side.
“We are improving week in and week out and from a coach’s point of view that is all you want,” Clark said of his side.
“It was game we knew we had to lift. The physicality was good in the forwards and we really lifted at training during the week with a lot of contact to get them ready for a big battle on Saturday.
“To our credit I thought our forwards really stood up.”
Clark was reluctant to nominate individuals for praise, stating that his side really played well across the park.
“It is hard to pick one out – it was more of a team effort. From 1-22 it was outstanding. The starting team was awesome and the bench came on and really did their job.”
Karaka collected their first win of the season after they stunned Bombay 37-29 in a high scoring affair at Bombay Domain.
The visitors have been threatening to put a win on the board for the past couple of weeks and finally opened their account for 2019 in a stylish manner.
“It has been a hard first four weeks to now have a W in there,” Penney said. “The boys have stuck in there. It is no secret that we are really struggling with injuries but you just have to get on with it.
“We try to keep our 1pm team and our premiers as strong as we can so to have a W up the hill twice – we won both games – is pleasing.
“We didn’t move away from their forwards. We spoke about trying to move them around early but our forwards really stood up.
“Our boys stuck to task – in the last 20 minutes we let a few penalties in but that is all learning for us.”
Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors sneaked past Patumahoe Troydon Patumahoe Hotel 22-17 in a replay of last year’s epic final played at Bruce Pulman Park.
It was a scrappy game from both sides with no real flow to it but Ardmore Marist scored late to seal a narrow win.
“It was a tight tussle – it could have gone either way to be honest,” Ardmore Marist coach Doug Sanft said. “It was full of errors – we couldn’t hold the ball and build phases but the same goes with Patty.
“We scored in the last five minutes to come away with the win.
“We were sloppy, forcing offloads when it wasn’t on and running out – which is hard to explain.
“The scrums were a bit of a lottery.
“It is always the case – it is better to win ugly than a good loss.”
Waiuku was the only side to reverse the fortunes of their premier teams after they beat Papakura in Bob Chandler Memorial Premier Reserve action. Other winners were Manurewa, Ardmore Marist and Karaka.
Ardmore Marist enjoyed a 24-19 win over Te Kauwhata in Sid Marshall Shield Premier 3 fixtures while Maramarua and Puni also enjoyed big wins.
Patumahoe thrashed Waiuku while Manurewa beat Bombay in Under 21 action. In U85kg play Pukekohe, Waiuku, Papakura and Patumahoe picked up wins.
Manurewa, Ardmore Marist and Papakura women’s teams enjoyed wins but it was a tough result for Patumahoe and Drury.
McNamara Cup (Premier 1)
(Liam Daniela, Rowland Kotobalavu, Tulse Toai-Key, Cole Watson, Alex Tuiloma tries; Jordan Goldsmith 2 cons)
(Lese Kaisala 2, Seluini Molia, Etene Nanai-Seturo 2 tries; Larenz Tupaea-Thomsen 3 cons; Larenz Tupaea-Thomsen 2 pens)
Manurewa Kidd Contracting 36 (Counties Power Cup Holders)
(Pakisonasi Afu, Poberton Ipiniu 2, Augustine Mafoe tries; Logan Fonoti 4 cons; Logan Fonoti pens)
Pukekohe Mitre 10 Mega 20
(Penalty, Gregor Christie tries; Brendan Clark cons; Juan Benadie 2 pens)
Papakura Ray White 25
(Siale Caucau, Kristopher Smithson 2, Leo Vailepa tries; Faalae Peni cons; Faalae Peni pens)
Waiuku Brian James Contracting 12
(Luke Rosa, Ethan Thomas tries; Daniel Kitson cons)
Ardmore Marist South Auckland Motors 22
(Liam Fitzsimons 3, Daymon Leasuasu tries; Tevita Hala cons)
(Palu Ale, James Tupou tries; Broc Hooper 2 cons; Broc Hooper pens)
Bob Chandler Memorial (Premier 2)
Bombay 10 Karaka 61; Manurewa Wise Property Management 25 Pukekohe Franklin Long Roofing 22; Papakura 12 Waiuku 22; Ardmore Marist 36 Patumahoe 5
Sid Marshall Shield (Premier 3)
Onewhero 64 Puni 36; Karaka 12 Maramarua 81; Ardmore Marist 24 Te Kauwhata 19
Massey Cup (U21)
Waiuku 15 Patumahoe 57; Bombay 19 Manurewa 29
Karaka Razzlers 7 Pukekohe 21; Waiuku 27 Onewhero 10; Patumahoe 55 Beachlands Maraetai 13; Weymouth 0 Papakura 35
Manurewa 71 Eden 7; Ardmore Marist 41 College Rifles 34; Grammar TEC 52 Patumahoe 0; Papakura 25 Drury 29; Weymouth 22 Silverdale 57