Te Puke Times - 2021-07-22


Whakarewarewa score late to win


Baywide Draws July 24 July 31 August 7 Premier/development

RRUGBY angiuru put up a brave performance against Rotorua visitors Whakarewarewa, at home base at Centennial Park on Saturday before tasting defeat. The home side won an arm wrestle in the first half to lead 7-0 at the break courtesy of a try to Patuara Biel, converted by Simon Rolleston. A second Rangiuru try to Jamie Culligan extended their lead to 12, before Whaka came back into the game to trail by two. The scores were locked up at 17 points apiece after Sasu Wihapi added Rangiuru’s third, before the Rotorua visitors scoring a converted try to take home an extremely hard fought 24-17 victory. Te Puke Sports had their chances against Greerton Marist at Greerton Park, but failed to capitalise, going down 14-0. Greerton led 3-0, with four minutes remaining in the first spell. But two Te Puke mistakes gifted the home team a brace of successful penalty kicks to give the hosts a 9-0 halftime advantage. The only score of the second half came after 20 minutes when the hosts crossed for the sole touchdown of the encounter. Ash Moeke was named Te Puke player of the day. Te Puke Sports hammered the Greerton line on several occasions but superb defence kept the visitors scoreless. Te Puke Sports’ Development side dug deep against Greerton, to claw their way back from 10-3 down and grab a 10-all draw while Rangiuru’s development side went down 22-7 to Whakarewarewa.. After three trips on the road, Te Puke Sports will have home track advantage in the last three games of the qualifying competition, while Rangiuru are on the road twice. Both Te Puke and Rangiuru’s chances of making the top four will rest on a turnaround of form, with Rangiuru on eight competition points and Te Puke Sports on seven, some way off fourth placed Whakarewarewa who are on 14. Things don’t get any easier for Te Puke Sports who host Tauranga Sports next Saturday with Rangiruru travelling to Ngongotaha¯. Premier One: Whakarewarewa 24 Rangiuru 17, Greerton Marist 14 Te Puke Sports 0, Te Puna 28 Ngongotaha¯ 3, Tauranga Sports 20 Mount Maunganui 12. Points Table: Te Puna 19, Tauranga Sports 16, Greerton Marist 15, Whakarewarewa 14, Rangiuru 8, Te Puke Sports 7, Ngongotaha¯ 4 Mount Maunganui 1. Development One: Te Puke Sports 10 Greerton Marist 10, Whakarewarewa 22 Rangiuru 7, Te Puna 12 Ngongotaha¯ 6, Tauranga Sports 14 Mount Maunganui 0. Points Table: Tauranga Sports 14, Whakarewarewa 14, Te Puke Sports 13, Te Puna 11, Greerton Marist 11, Mount Maunganui 10, Ngongotaha¯ 8, Rangiuru 0. — Te Puke Sports v Tauranga Sports, Murray Salt Stadium; Rangiuru v Ngongotaha, Ngongotaha Domain. — Rangiuru v Mount Maunganui, Centennial Park; Te Puke Sports v Ngongotaha, Murray Salt Stadium. — Te Puke Sports v Rangiuru, Murray Salt Stadium.


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