And then there were four
Well done to Whetu and the team – 33-18 over Petone who fought to the final whistle albeit scoring 2 late tries to add some respectability to their score. Ories dominated possession for much of the match and Ardie Savea scored a magical try that words cannot describe – we won’t try. MSP defeated OBU and with it a semi V Wainui out there – lucky them. Next week it is a repeat of last year’s semi V HOBM at Hutt Rec. Let’s hope it isn’t a heart stopper like last year!
Our Senior 1sts were denied at the final whistle, attacking Petone’s line for the match winner when Petone broke out and scored at the other end for an 18-8 loss.
In the early game a thumping win for the girls, details below. Presidents and Reserve grades were cancelled.
No games for our Juniors, School Holidays!
Premier Match Report
Courtesy of The Dom Post
Ories 33 (Ardie Savea 2, Andrew Ellis, Matt Proctor, Paulo Aukuso tries, James Proctor 4 con). HT 19-6 Ories.
Petone 18 (Jared Kahu, Nick Grigg tries, Carne Green 1 con, 2 pen)
Sin Bin: Tyral Vigne (Petone) Peta Fa'atau (Ories).
Best and fairest: 3 points: Matt Proctor (Ories fullback), 2 points: Jared Kahu (Petone halfback), 1 point: Ardie Savea (Ories No8).
Venue: Petone Rec.
What happened: The constructive genius of Matt Proctor and the individual brilliance of Ardie Savea combined to propel Oriental Rongotai into next week's semi finals.
Needing to win with a four-try bonus point to qualify for the semi finals, Ories left nothing to chance and had three of them before halftime and the fourth straight after the restart.
Matt Proctor played a part in all three Ories tries in the first half, setting up two and scoring a 75 meter individual try.
Ardie Savea scored a outstanding individual try straight after the break then Paulo Aukuso was on hand to score the visitors last try after Ambrose Curtis combined with Savea down the left flank.
The home side were missing several front line players but were competitive for the whole match and finished with two tries, one by Nick Grigg a carbon copy of Proctors first half effort.
Who stood out: Matt Proctor was all class for Ories, Paulo Aukuso gave him good support, as did brother James Proctor. In the forwards Ardie Savea seemed to relish playing at this level while Lucky Tuiatua was very productive.
Petone also had some stand outs with Jared Kahu and Aleks Noble-Campbell always dangerous in the Petone backs while Josh Hrstich, Eugene Smith and Tyral Vigne left nothing on the park for the home side.
The up-shot: Ories now move on to face HOBM in next week semi final with a fair amount of confidence. Petone go away to prepare for next season with the knowledge they have a lot of young talent that will have learnt a lot from this season. Next up: Ories v HOBM Hutt Rec.
- Doug Smith
117-5.You could be forgiven if you thought this was a cricket report and in a way it is as the girls were forced to declare after only 50 minutes batting. Often used in softball the ref invoked the mercy rule as Stokes Valley struggled to tag let alone tackle any Ories players. Hard to single out anyone in a game like this but with 16 out of 17 conversions and a couple of tries Lizzie Goulden leads all Women’s scoring with 81 points this round to go with the 74 she scored in the first round – Jane Bryce was top points scorer there with 97 which included 17 tries! Timena seems to of inherited dads knack of finding the try line and has scored 14 tries this season.
Final score: 117-5
Scorers: 3 Tries to Helena Lawrence, 2 each to Lizzie Goulden, Timena Tumaai and Amanda Rasch and one each to Jane Bryce, Mikayla Figiola, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Kauna Lopa, Alicia Print, Ngaire Linde, Janet Taumoli and Barbara Taumoli. Lizzie Goulden converted 16.
Rongotai College 1st XV
It was off to Featherstone as the Half Century Cup was resurrected between RC and Waiarapa College presented to mark 50 years of competition in 1989. WC scored 3 easy penalties to lead 9-0 at the break. RC dominated at scrum time and in the physical exchanges but great defence from WC, who lead the Premier 2 comp denied RC on numerous occasions. Hooker Karl Brownlie scored from a lineout drive but WC had the last say with a unconverted try as the clock wound down.
Congratulations to Isalei and Konrad who earned their caps in this match
MVP: K Brownlie 3,N Smith 2, D To’o 1.
Next Game: Naenae at Rongotai, 2.30 Saturday
A win and a loss for the girls – our S1 lost 36-22 to St Mary’s College while the S2 defeated Victoria Uni 31-30 in a thriller.
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