Mon, 05 Sep 2016
The Counties Manukau Heat sit at the top of the Farah Palmer Cup table, after recording their fourth straight win of the season. The Heat defeated the Bay of Plenty Volcanix 45-12 at the Tauranga Domain yesterday.
The Heat ran out to a 28-0 half time lead, dominating the opening half, before the hosts struck back early in the second spell. The Heat managed to hold on though, and only conceded two second half tries. Renee Wickliffe lead the way, scoring a hat trick, while Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, Badinlee Munro-Smith, Lauryn Steed and Krystal Murray all dotted down once each. Hazel Tubic had a good day with the boot, kicking five conversions.
Davida White’s side are back at home this weekend, looking for their fifth win of the season. They take on Wellington at ECOLight Stadium on Friday 9 September at 5:05pm. The game will be the curtain raiser to the Steelers vs Wellington match, which is also the inaugural Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy fixture at 7:45pm. The Heat game will again be televised live on Sky Sport. Make sure you come along to ECOLight Stadium and support our ladies. Gates open at 4:30pm on Friday 9 September and tickets are available at the CMRFU Office at the stadium during the week, or at www.iticket.co.nz or at the Gate on Game Day.
The men’s B Black side came away with a 42-24 victory over Northland B in their match at Marist RFC. It’s their second victory from two games. It was tit for tat in the opening 10 minutes as both teams fought hard for dominance, but it didn’t take long for Counties Manukau to find the try line. Quick ruck ball resulted in space for Desma Liaina to score the first of their four tries in the first half. Tevita Nabura, Josh Stol and a second to Liaina were their tries in the first spell. A penalty right on half time gave Counties B’s Black a 25-10 lead.
Dominant set piece, followed by go forward and continuity led to another three tries in quick succession. Liaina dotted down for his hat trick, while Jarred Adams and Ray Laulala also scored.
The game opened up in the final 20 minutes and despite a number of line breaks from Counties, they weren’t able to score. Northland made the most of the turnover ball and they scored the final 14 points of the match. Eukharis Simanu, John (Tito) Fifita, Desma Liaina and Ray Laulala were acknowledged by the team for their strong performances and the celebrated the victory during the bus ride home.
It was a close result for the Counties Manukau B’s Red, who just fell short 25-21 to Bay of Plenty in Whakarewarewa. The hosts opened the scoring with a penalty. Counties B’s Red then replied with the first try of the game. Joe Ikenasio made a break down the right wing which saw Harry Fitzsimmons cross the line. The try was converted by Nathan de Thierry to give Counties a 7-3 lead. Shortly after, Sam Furniss scored under the posts to make it 14-3. Bay of Plenty responded with a penalty and a try to close the gap, but Liam Daniela scored just before half time to give Counties B’s Red a 21-13 lead at the break.
Bay of Plenty scored the only points in the second half. They scored a try after Counties conceded a number of penalties to make it 21-18 and then right on fulltime the hosts stole the win with a converted try.
Representative Results from 3 September 2016:
Counties Manukau Steelers 48 (Luteru Laulala, Sam Vaka, Jordan Taufua 2, Sione Fifita tries; Piers Francis 1 drop goal; 4 con; 4 pen)
Hawke’s Bay Magpies 20
Farah Palmer Cup 45 (Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali, Badinlee Munro-Smith, Lauryn Steed, Krystal Murray, Renee Wickliffe 3 tries; Hazel Tubic 5 con)
Mens B – CM Black 42 (Desma Liaina 3, Tevita Nabura, Josh Stol, Kirisome (Ray) Laulala, Jarred Adams tries; Luke Makris, Kirisome (Ray) Laulala con; Kirisome (Ray) Laulala pen)
Men’s B – CM Red 21 (Harry Fitzsimons, Liam Daniela, Sam Furniss tries; Nathan De Thierry 3 con)
Under 19s - CM 8 (Sione Tuipolotu try; Orbyn Leger pen)
Under 18 Girls – CM 60 (Moli Matua, Talafekau Mapuhola, Steph Ngamoki, Jayden Rogers, Aki Piliu 2, Nikita Simpson, Emily Kitson, Makayla Eli, Utu Atonio tries; Shonte Toa 5 con)
Thames Valley 0
Under 16 – CM 41 (Tevita Kofeloa, Tupou Vaai, AJ Lemalu, Hateni Tohi, Jonwa Taumateine tries; Tuhi Pompey 5 con and 2 pen)
King Country 17
Under 85kg – CM 32 (Josh Andrews 3, Jamie King tries; Jamie King 3 con & 2 pen)
North Harbour 10
Roller Mills (PS) - CM 17 Auckland West 5
Friday, 9 September
Mitre 10 Cup, Steelers v Wellington, 7:45pm, ECOLight Stadium
Farah Palmer Cup, Heat v Wellington, 5:05pm, ECOLight Stadium
Saturday, 10 September
Men’s B CM Black v CM Red, 2:30pm, Karaka
Under 18 CM v City vs Country, 12:00pm, Pukekohe
Under 15 CM v City vs Country, 10:30am, Pukekohe
Under 18 Girls CM v BOP, 12:00pm, Massey Park
Under 16 CM v Waikato, 1:00pm, Karaka
Under 85kg CM v Auckland, 1:00pm, Patumahoe
Photo Credit: Richard Spranger