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Rd 9 SAS Fox Memorial Premiership match reports

Rd 9 SAS Fox Memorial Premiership match reports

Northcote 28 Otahuhu 12
A double to James Waterson helped lift Northcote to a valuable victory over Otahuhu, which pushes them into the competition’s top four. Up 16-12 at the break, Northcote went on with the job in the second 40, with veteran centre Nalu Tuigamala the key figure for the Tigers.

Glenora 26 Mt Albert 8
Glenora standoff Jordan Tuarae backed up from his star showing for the Auckland representative side a week ago, to lead Glenora to a comfortable victory over Mt Albert. Tuarae scored a try and played a hand in setting up several others against his former side, while Bears centre To’o Alo scored a crucial intercept on half-time. Down 22-0 at the break, Mt Albert improved in the second 40 but couldn’t match the defending champions in the key areas.

Marist 20 Richmond 34
Richmond recovered from a horror opening half hour to clock their second victory of the year at Murray Halberg Park. Down 16-0 early, the Bulldogs then scored 16 unanswered points of their own to tie the game up at the break. Individual brilliance from centre Siave Tupou and captain Brandon Motion saw them both score tries, giving Richmond the upper hand midway through the second half, at which point their superior fitness levels came through.

Papakura 30 Mangere East 42
Lui Lauhingoa was the hero as Mangere East collected their third win of the year, with the winger crossing for three tries at Prince Edward Park. The Hawks took an 18-6 lead into the break, but had to survive a late scare as Papakura crossed for a pair of tries in the dying minutes.

Pt Chevalier 33 Howick 30
Pt Chevalier won a nail-biter at Walker Park to retain the Roope Rooster and continue their undefeated start to 2018. A field goal from Dylan Tavita right on half-time helped the Pirates to a 19-12 lead at the break, but Howick scored four unanswered points in the back end of the second period to set up a thrilling finale. A last-minute goal-line stand from Pt Chevalier secured the three-point victory.

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Bay Roskill 110 Papatoetoe 12
Bay Roskill continue to set a ferocious pace at the top of the table, remaining undefeated after a crushing 98-point victory over Papatoetoe. Vikings fullback Cori Vogel was untouchable in the win, crossing for five tries and terrorising the opposition with his running game.

Ellerslie 38 Pakuranga 4
Ellerslie came out convincing winners against neighbouring Pakuranga, with Henry Pei scoring a hat-trick and star hooker Darin Kingi a double. The Jaguars had plenty of possession and spent prolonged periods of the game inside the attacking 20, but couldn’t find a way through the staunch Ellerslie defence.

Northern Brothers 28 Franklin 35
A converted try and a field goal inside the final five minutes saw Franklin edge past the Northern Brothers to remain without a loss in 2018. Locked at 28-all with 15 minutes to go, Franklin hooker Jason Tou scored a converted try, before player/coach Jody Henry nailed a field goal to secure the win and ensure the Storm remain second on the ladder.

Manurewa 60 Hibiscus Coast 32
Manurewa turned a big half-time lead into a comprehensive victory at home at Mountfort Park, overpowering the Hibiscus Coast. Playmaker Henry Dunn was a standout for the Marlins, who led 36-6 at the break, and despite leaking a number of tries in the second half, never looked in doubt of picking up their third win of the campaign.

Manukau 28 New Lynn 16
Manukau sprung an upset on top-eight side New Lynn, running out comfortable 28-16 winners at Moyle Park. The win was the Magpies’ second of the year, with their bulky forward pack standing out.

Otara 58 Mt Wellington 12
A big second-half effort saw Otara overcome Mt Wellington at home. Mt Wellington scored first and trailed just 14-12 at the break, but were helpless to stop the Scorpions in the second 40. Otara forward Michael Blucher scored a double in the win.

Waitemata 20 Te Atatu 14
Waitemata got up for an upset victory over Te Atatu in the west Auckland derby, with centre Suliano Faukafa’s two tries proving the difference for the Seagulls. Waitemata led 6-4 at the break and 20-10 with three minutes to go, but leaked a late try to set up a nervous finish at the Ranui Domain.

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