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14 PAPAKURA COURIER, APRIL 18, 2012
Sea Eagles need to bounce back
By ALAN APTED
Fox Memorial Trophy: Otahuhu 20 Northcote 16, Mt Albert 28
Papakura 18, Glenora 14 Pt Chevalier 20, Manurewa 36 Bay Roskill
24, Marist 28 Howick 28.
Points: Mt Albert 6, Otahuhu 6, Pt Chevalier 4, Glenora 4, Manurewa
Marlins 4, Papakura 2, Bay Roskill 2, Marist 1, Howick 1, Northcote 0.
Saturday's draw: Papakura v Otahuhu, Prince Edward Park, Papakura.
Howick v Manurewa, Paparoa Park, Cockle Bay. Northcote v Marist, Bay
Roskill v Pt Chevalier, Glenora v Mt Albert.
Start: Reserves 12.45pm. Premiers 2.30pm.
Sharman Cup: East Coast Bays 28 Mangere East 42, Richmond 16
Otara 24, Manukau Magpies 20 Papatoetoe 28, Te Atatu 12 Glenfield
12, New Lynn 22 Ellerslie 28.
Points: Mangere East 4, Glenfield 4, Papatoetoe 4, Te Atatu 4, Otara 4,
Richmond 3, Ellerslie 3, New Lynn 2, Manukau 2, East Coast Bays 0.
Saturday's draw: Papatoetoe v East Coast Bays, Kohuora Park,
Papatoetoe. Otara v Te Atatu, NgatiOtara Park, Otara. Mangere East v
Richmond Bulldogs, Walter Massey Park, Mangere. Ellerslie v
Manukau, Cornwall Park. Glenfield v New Lynn.
It's back to the drawing board for
Papakura as they prepare to enter-
tain the Otahuhu Leopards in
round four of the Fox Memorial
Trophy at Prince Edward Park in
Papakura on Saturday.
The focus will be on discipline
and ball control, especially in the
last 20 minutes of the match.
It was an area of the game that
cost the Sea Eagles against the Mt
Albert Lions at Fowlds Park in Mt
Albert last Saturday.
The Sea Eagles stood toe-to-toe
with the Lions to lead 18-10 at
halftime. But it all turned to cus-
tard late in the second half when
the home side scored 20 un-
answered points to win 28-18.
Papakura coach Darin Smith
says his team played some of their
best rugby league this season in
the first 60 minutes.
But we let ourselves down badly
in the last 20 minutes. Our ball
control and completion rate were
poor. We kept turning over pos-
session and Mt Albert capitalised.
Our discipline also let us down.
We gave away too many penalties.''
Smith says those areas of the
game have to be addressed before
they run out against Otahuhu.
Papakura need to bounce back if
they want to mount a series chal-
lenge for the Fox. They need a win
to get back on track, he says.
Last year's losing finalists
Otahuhu will be a challenge.
Otahuhu readied themselves for
the contest with a hard-fought
20-16 win over the Northcote
Tigers at Bert Henham Park last
Saturday. Unfortunately for the
Sea Eagles that match proved a
wake-up call for the Leopards.
They had been expected to romp
over the Tigers who conceded 96
points in their two previous losses.
Papakura all set
for the challenge
By ALAN APTED
Premiers (McNamara Cup): Papakura 0 Patumahoe 64 (Niels Egelmeer,
Haani Halaeua, David Luteru, Anzac Luteru, Joshua Van Lieshout 2,
Alepini Olosoni; Kane Hancy 3, tries. Hancy con. Jonny Wilkinson 6)
Onewhero 18 (James Foote 6 pen) Pukekohe 30 (Manoa Lesavua, Sione
Fifita 2, Maama-oe-mo'ui Vaipulu, tries. Rob Dennison con. Joe Reynolds
con, 2 pens)
Karaka 34 (Dexter Moroney, Tevita Tuipulotu 2, Seremaia Tagicakibau,
Sione Olive, tries. Viliame Setitaia con. Baden Kerr 2 con, pens) Bombay
7 (Sepuloni Taufa, try. Manase Lelenoa con)
Ardmore Marist 20 (Louie David, Whaiora Rangiwai, Sikeli Nabou, tries.
AJ Alatimu con, pen) Waiuku 12 (Notise Tauafao, Joe Dawson, tries.
Bayden Morey con)
Points: Patumahoe 19, Waiuku 18, Ardmore Marist 13, Pukekohe 11,
Karaka 11, Manurewa 11, Onewhero 9, Bombay 5, Papakura 0.
Premier Reserves (Bob Chandler Memorial): Papakura 3 Patumahoe 43;
Onewhero 18 Pukekohe 24; Karaka 30 Bombay 15; Ardmore Marist 17
Points: Waiuku 18, Patumahoe 15, Karaka 15, Ardmore Marist 12,
Pukekohe 12, Bombay 12, Onewhero 6, Manurewa 4, Papakura 4.
Saturday's draw: Manurewa v Papakura, Mountfort Park, Manurewa.
Pukekohe v Karaka, Colin Lawrie Fields. Bombay v Ardmore Marist,
Bombay. Patumahoe v Onewhero, Patumahoe. Waiuku, bye.
Start: Premier Reserves 1pm. Premiers 2.45pm.
Division 2 (Sid Marshall Shield): Manurewa 15 Drury (Gold) 22; Puni 0
Drury (Green) 48; Te Kauwhata 15 Weymouth (White) 81; Waiuku 12
Weymouth (Blue) 33.
Under-21 (Massey Cup): Onewhero 3 Pukekohe 41; Ardmore Marist 16
Patumahoe 20; Karaka 0 Bombay 36; Papakura 3 Manurewa 53.
Under-19 (Bright Cup): Patumahoe 19 Weymouth 20; Pukekohe 71
Hauraki North 0; Papakura 15 Karaka 18.
A treble: Patumahoe halfback Kane Hancy runs in his third try against Papakura.
Coming through: Patumahoe's Alepini Olosoni bursts through the tackle of
Papakura's George Crichton during their Counties Manuaku club rugby match at
Massey Park in Papakura last Saturday.
Photos: RICHARD SPRANGER
Isolated: Papakura's Billy-John Looker is about to be pounced on by Patumahoe
defenders led by Troy Abernethy, left, and Poali Taula.
Papakura are undaunted by the
challenge Manurewa poses when
the pair meet in round six of
Counties Manukau club rugby's
McNamara Cup at Mountfort Park
in Manurewa on Saturday.
The newly promoted red and
blacks are discovering life in the
fast lane to be a universe above the
division two rugby they played last
That's reflected in their points-
for-and-against record after just five
matches where they've scored just
30 and conceded 286.
And they expect Manurewa will
be only a shade easier than early
premiership favourites Patumahoe
who put 10 tries on them in the 64-0
thrashing at Massey Park in Papa-
kura last Saturday.
But coach Jack Kani says his
team remain upbeat despite the
The morale is high and the
players remain enthusiastic and
willing learners. We're getting a 90
per cent turnout at practice each
week. It shows just how keen these
players are to learn.
We're a work in progress. It's
going to take time and patience
before we find our feet.
All but five players have played
premier rugby before and it's that
lack of experience that is killing us.''
Kani says the newcomers are all
willing learners and are motivated
to do well.
They're all getting better. It's
just going to take us some time.''
Kani singled out halfback Allen
Herbert as one taking big strides.
The teenager has a great pass, is a
willing defender, is developing a
handy kicking game and makes
good decisions on the field, he says.
He has some great qualities. He
will be a much better player in a
year or two.''
Manurewa will be well rested for
the contest having had the bye last
Patumahoe lead the champion-
ship after the win over Papakura.
They hit the front thanks to
Ardmore Marist's 20-12 upset of
previously unbeaten Waiuku at
Bruce Pulman Park.
Ardmore Marist are third, two
points ahead of defending premiers
Pukekohe who beat Onewhero
30-18 in Onewhero.
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