Results for last weekend's matches
Premier's vs Tawa (for the Carman Cup)
“What a better way to top off the annual Italian Lunch with a victory against close rivals Tawa”
Johnsonville held on in the rain to beat Tawa by 27-19 on Saturday at Helston Park.
Tawa scored two late tries to close the game up and were hot on attack again against a 14-man Hawks side in the dying minutes, but ultimately they were chasing the game and Johnsonville has done more than enough to win.
The Tuitama brothers had earlier lit up the match by either scoring or being involved in all three of Johnsonville’s tries. The third try that proved to be the match-winner, midway through the second half, was a Helston Park special for the raucous band of home supporters above the bank.
The Hawks counter-attacked brilliantly from deep inside their own half with centre Aukuso Tuitama finding left wing Jason Tuitama who ran up the far touch line and was just kept out from scoring. The Hawks quickly recycled the ball and ripped it wide to fullback Jacob Walmsley who scored in front of the clubrooms on the other side. Halfback Mark Sutton coolly kicked the conversion from out wide, and Johnsonville were up 27-7.
Johnsonville took a 20-7 lead into halftime, when left wing Jason made a clean break up into the 22 and off loaded to his brother Aukuso who scored to the left of the posts on the stroke of the break. Earlier in the half, Jason Tuitama had scored their first try on the end of the backline chain from a scrum on the 22 towards the far side of the field. Halfback Sutton also kicked two first half penalties, including a long-range kick.
Playing into the dying northerly but with plenty of rain about, Tawa made the best possible start to the match, their forwards marshalled by ex-Wellington halfback Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, climbed into the try-zone and soon second five Lumafale Lualua crashed over in a pile of bodies to put Tawa 7-0 up inside the opening five minutes.
But Johnsonville, who were led in the forwards all game by outstanding lock Anthony Pettett, and ably supported by such players as hooker Regan Herbert, loosehead prop Lucas Aukuso and tighthead prop Ha’amea Ahio, out-passioned Tawa’s, who for their part were missing their captain and lock Hugo Plummer through injury.
Whilst it was wet all match, the persistent rain held off until later in the second half, but by that stage Johnsonville had their 20-point lead and weren’t going to relinquish it in the conditions.
A big one next on the cards away to the Rams and everything to play for not only the Swindale but also remaining in the top 8. A massive shout to our club sponsors and in particular Woodridge Homes, Seven Electrical and Ramsbottom Drainage.
The Tuitama brothers in sync as Kuso finishes off a bottler of a break by younger brother Jason.
Premier Reserves vs Tawa
A very ‘hard to take’ loss on the weekend, but that shouldn’t take away how good our Premier B's played. Against the competition leaders who haven’t lost in 30 – 40 games our B's took it to them to the dying moments of the game. The score was 13 – 7 to Johnsonville until the 75th minute and a penalty close to the halfway proved to be the winner and the end score of 15 – 13 to Tawa.
The young midfield of Caleb Cummings and Brad McKavanagh were outstanding in the first half regularly getting over the gain line and making some crucial tackles leading to turnovers. Stephen Nelson has stepped up and some of the kicking has been top tier in the last couple of weeks. The forward pack is becoming one of the best and it showed on Saturday with them dominating large parts of the game.
A bit of patience and a lot more discipline and this game would have been in the bag for the Premier B's, but showed they are good enough to take it to anyone in the grade. A loss is a loss, but on the right track to beat Upper Hutt this week.
Terrahawk's 85's vs OBU Scallywags
A tough challenge facing the top of the table OBU got tougher when the Terrahawk's had to make a few last minute adjustments due to injury, taking on the top of the table with a short squad.
OBU got off to a quick lead with the Terrahawk's bouncing back to make it 21-7. Going into the break the Terrahawk's were looking good to score again, however didn't capitalize on a few close opportunities.
Following the break, the game continued at a fast pace which slowly took its toll on the players with minimal reserves to bring the energy.
Although the score line opened up, the Terrahawk's played with heart until the final whistle, digging deep.
Man of the match Sammie Giff grunting hard, followed by a strong performance from the big hitta the USO Fano Paese & Jamie Walker & his tireless work ethic.
Special mention to Junior on the flag all day taking on the elements! Take ya shirt off Junior!
Manuia le vaiaso o le gagana Samoa! Mitamita i lau gagana, maua'a lou fa'asinomaga. Manuia le aso. - Happy Samoan Language Week.
Hey hey? HO!
Mighty Cripples vs Wellington X-Men
The Cripples played a big Axemen team Saturday in driving rain wind and mud again. Playing with the wind in the 1st half racking up 33 unanswered points with our set pieces dominating scoring some impressive tries, 2nd half preparing to knuckle down into the wind and grind it out we actually scored another 41 unanswered points. A very impressive performance given the conditions on the day we are back on track to fight it out to claim this grade 6 games to go, boys can rest up this weekend as no game Sat. Just a quick mention to our outside backs scoring 8 tries between them. POD Connor Franklin grabbing 5 for himself and slotting 3 conversions for 33 points. Up The Cripples!
Lads on the warm up.
Draw for this week
The boys are on the road in a mouth watering battle against the Upper Hutt Rams on Saturday. Will the conditions play a part for the third week running.....With the long weekend on hand, a few teams get a breather:
No games for the Pressies or Cripples this week, if you have some free time try to get along to support another team, they would much appreciate your support.
Newlands (and Onslow) First XV take on Silverstream 2nd XV at Newlands College from 1pm on Saturday if you are interested in seeing some quality college rugby also.
This week's poll
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JUNE 10TH...BATONS UP
Tickets are now on sale for batons up, $20.00 each, cash prizes up for grabs, see Reserves, U85s or Pressies players or management to buy as many tickets as you like.
JUNE 17TH...OLD TIMERS DAY
Wow another OTD is nearly here again, we have Avalon that day, this is always a great day to celebrate all past players, management, volunteers & listen to a lot of 'crap' stories that seem to be more embellished by the year! More details to follow.
JULY 16TH...1841 QUIZ NIGHT
This is a club fundraiser, get a team together, book a table for pre dinner then enjoy a fun quiz & some raffles, apparently you can buy as many answers as you like so come along your team may win.
Held on Saturday, what an awesome day, pizzas cooked in the outdoor pizza oven, Alex Ness was on form with his usual wit & humour, raffles galore, I heard from some players the atmosphere as they came through the club was brilliant, these things don't just happen on their own, so a huge thanks to all that helped make this day a success.
Some clips from another great Italian Lunch on Saturday. From some of the lads who love to take hold of a mic, to Dante and Maximo on the pizza. You can't get much better at club level!
The Prems game from Saturday amongst plenty of other features from the day will screen on Sky Sport on Thursday 1st June at 8pm. Great to know the score, stress free watching, enjoy!
Our club sponsors signs are on the club wall, take the time to see who they are & should the need arise remember to send your business their way, they are a vital part of us being able to continue running our rugby club the way we do.
THE BAR WILL OPEN AT 5PM THIS SATURDAY (3 JUNE)
All the best for the games this weekend and enjoy the long one.
Cherie, Trina & Blair.