Rd 4 SAS Fox Memorial Premiership Qualifiers match reports
Rd 4 SAS Fox Memorial Premiership Qualifiers match
Otahuhu 34 Papakura 22
Otahuhu made it back-to-back wins with a crucial victory over Papakura at Bert Henham Park. The Leopards raced out of the gates, scoring on their first two sets of the game via centre Emeliano Mikaele. Prop Richard Holani also scored to make it four tries in two games for his personal tally.
Manurewa 20 Glenora 38
A points-scoring blitz in the second half saw Glenora come back to down Manurewa, after trailing 16-14 at the halfway point. Fitness was a key difference in the end for Glenora, who were boosted by strong showings from prop Caleb Uele and hooker Zac Tippins.
Northcote 38 Richmond 14
A hat trick of tries from centre Amoa Tuli did the majority of the damage for Northcote in a big win over Richmond, as they remained undefeated in 2019. Lock Joe Bywater also scored twice for Geoff Morton's side, who led 22-10 at the break and went on with the job.
Marist 36 Bay Roskill 28
Marist came out on top at end of an entertaining match at Murrway Halberg Park, where it was a case of points aplenty. A double from second rower Feleti Ngahe set Marist up for a 26-4 lead at the break, but the Vikings battled back in the second half to trail by just eight with 10 minutes to play. In the end Marist's defence was too good, with the Saints picking up their second win of the year.
Howick 40 Mangere East 16
A hat trick from Roydon Gillett and the return of key playmakers Jethro Friend and Carlos Hotene helped Howick secure victory at home over Mangere East. Prop Tony Tuia was also a standout, scoring a try and setting up another two.
Mt Albert 29 Pt Chevalier 18
The Mt Albert Lions remain undefeated in the SAS Fox Memorial Premiership Qualifiers after beating the Pt Chevalier Pirates at Walker Park. Down 18-12 at half time, the Lions came back with 22 minutes to go, with playmaker Eiden Ackland a standout, scoring a double and kicking a field goal, while prop Sala Falelua-Malio helped lay a solid platform in the middle.
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Pakuranga 26 Mt Wellington 20
A converted try with five minutes to play lifted Pakuranga to their fourth win of the year. With scores locked at 20-all with five to go, Chris Tovia scored and Maka Hakalo converted to give the Jaguars the win. Winger Peter Papalii scored a hat trick for the Jaguars.
Ponsonby 18 Hibiscus Coast 60
The Hibiscus Coast recovered a from a sluggish start to record a comfortable victory over Ponsonby. The Raiders leaked the first two tries of the match to trail early, but once they found their stride there was no stopping them in attack at Stanmore Bay Reserve. Hooker Jesse Heke was a strong performer
Pukekohe 14 Te Atatu 24
Te Atatu came back from a half-time deficit to become the first team to beat Pukekohe in 2019. After trailing 10-6 at the break, the Roosters scored back-to-back tries early in the second stanza to take the lead, before a late David Dyer try sealed the deal.
Northern 16 Otara 18
The Otara Scorpions edged past the Northern Brothers for a gritty win at Freyberg Park. The Scorpions were down 10-4 at the break, with Northern adding another converted try in the second spell, before Otara overcame them late in the contest.
Ellerslie 20 Waitemata 10
Ellerslie came out on top over Waitemata at Ellerslie Domain, led by the solid game management of captain Isaac Tamapeau at hooker. The Eagles came out firing in the first half to lead 20-0 at the break, before leaking two tries in the second but holding on for a win which sees them keep pace with the top four.
Manukau 42 Papatoetoe 8
Doubles to Samuel Nati and Wiaola Tangitepu lifted the Manukau Magpies to a comfortable win over the Papatoetoe Panthers at Moyle Park. The Magpies led 20-0 at half time before piling on the points in the second 40.