Auckland Rugby League Premiership match reports from July 7
July 9, 2018
Rd 13 SAS Fox Memorial match reports
Howick 39 Mt Albert 30
A storming final quarter lifted Howick to victory over Mt Albert in the Round 13 livestreamed match at Paparoa Park. Three late tries and a field goal saw Howick come back from an eight-point deficit, with halfback Drew Radich the key figure on his way to Man of the Match honours. The victory lifted the Hornets back into the competition’s top four.
Marist 6 Glenora 24
Glenora strolled to their 12th-straight win to remain at the top of the SAS Fox Memorial Premiership ladder. After a closely fought opening quarter, a 50-metre runaway try to centre To’o Alo gave Glenora the edge heading into the back end of the first half. Middle forward Shane Hannam was among the Bears’ leading performers.
Papakura 6 Northcote 16
Northcote were made to work hard for their victory over Papakura, which keeps them in a comfortable position in third on the ladder. The Tigers scored two tries via Morgan Timoti-Cook and former NRL forward David Bhana, with Nalu Tuigamala’s accurate boot accounting for the remainder of their points.
Pt Chevalier 24 Otahuhu 22
Pt Chevalier survived a late scare to edge past a determined Otahuhu, who entered the round inside the competition’s top four. The Leopards led at the break, but fell behind after leaking consecutive tries early in the second period. A try with three minutes to go set Otahuhu up with a chance to steal a draw, only for Geronimo Doyle’s sideline conversion to fall just short of the posts. Back-rower Lokeni Gavet scored two tries for the Pirates in the win.
Mangere East 46 Richmond 8
On the day Mangere East opened their revamped clubrooms at Walter Massey Park, the Hawks got the job done in convincing fashion on the field. Up 28-0 at half-time, Mangere East kept the foot down in the second with Kalani Ili and Fonitika Lelenga both registering doubles for Matt Pilmer’s side.
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Ellerslie 24 Waitemata 26
Waitemata edged past fourth-placed Ellerslie for a win which reignites the west Auckland side’s top eight hopes. The Eagles got out to a 14-point lead early in the encounter, but Waitemata refused to go away, grinding their way back into the match off the back of a strong showing from their forward pack.
A try and drop goal from Damon Niko inside the final five minutes of the game gave Ponsonby an important win over Te Atatu. Locked up at 10-all heading into the final few minutes, Niko proved the difference for the Ponies in a grinding match at Jack Colvin Park.
Manurewa 41 Northern 10
A hat-trick to David-John Phillips and double to Damian Mataroa helped Manurewa to a convincing win over a depleted Northern Brothers. Up 20-0 at the break, the south Aucklanders went on with the job in the second, despite an improved performance from the visitors, who got over for a pair of tries in the back half of the match.
Otara 32 Manukau 10
A big second half saw Otara blow Manukau away, giving the Scorpions a much-needed victory in a period where they have struggled for form. A try was all that separated the two sides at the break, but an improved forward performance saw Otara build momentum in the second, with a number of tries following off the back of it.
New Lynn 22 Franklin 20
New Lynn secured a last-ditch victory over Franklin, with a try three minutes from time and a conversion from James Nathan giving the west Aucklanders victory. The Stags got out to an early 16-0 lead, but Franklin powered back to tie things up as the final five minutes approached. The Storm were left to rue poor goal kicking, which in the end cost them their ninth victory of the year.
Bay Roskill 68 Mt Wellington 12
Bay Roskill cruised to their 11th-straight victory of 2018, to remain undefeated ladder leaders. Off the bench, forward Selwyn Fale was immense for the Vikings, scoring three tries and punishing Mt Wellington with his carries.
Pakuranga 30 Hibiscus Coast 0
Win by default.