Woodridge Homes Premiers 15 vs Upper Hutt Rams 21
The Hawks were back at home vs Upper Hutt full of confidence after the last 2 results and was this the game we would break the duck!!?? The weather was terrible so the team that could play territory and hold the ball for long periods of time would take the competition points. Our Hawks started slow and Upper Hutt came out with more energy and scoring under the posts to get the first 7 points. The first half was played mostly in the middle of the field, but another mistake let Upper Hutt in for their second score next to the posts taking a 14-0 advantage at half time.
In the second half, the Hawks started playing with more attitude and territory, holding onto the pill which saw Wise score in the corner. More pressure on Upper Hutt resulted in a penalty in front so Hawks took 3 points to bring us within 6. From the restart Hawks were unable to exit putting themselves under even more pressure after long periods of defence and we couldn’t hold out Upper Hutt who scored again next to the posts to gift them a third converted try. Hawks went on attack and credit to Upper Hutt defence held our boys out for long periods of time, with 1 minute to go Jacob scored under the posts pulling the margin back to 6 (21-15). Unfortunately, the time beat us. In shocking conditions both teams played really well, and the handling skills were top notch.
(Andrew Wharakura, Head Coach)
Quay Marine Premier Reserves 13 vs Upper Hutt Rams 49
In a rematch that saw the Hawks facing Upper Hutt for the second time in three weeks there was a buzz of excitement and anticipation accompanying the rain drops in the air at Helston Park on Saturday afternoon. After losing to Upper Hutt away in their first encounter, the boys were determined to be on the other end of the result this week and protect home field. Coming off a big win the previous week against Avalon, Johnsonville were looking to put up their first back to back wins of the season and find some of the consistency needed to be successful in the second round.
The scoring started quickly with Johnsonville nailing two early penalties to put the Hawks up inside the first fifteen minutes. This lead was not to last long though as Upper Hutt were able to capitalise on Johnsonville’s continual lack of discipline around the breakdown area and being awarded consecutive penalties, were able to use a good kicking game and early dominance in the set piece to march down and put seven points on the board at the opposite end. From there, it was Upper Hutt’s game. Looking after their own ball well and starving Johnsonville of possession, Upper Hutt were able to show off their impressive broken play ability, often breaking through the first tackler on carries, and were able to exploit the space left by a tired Johnsonville defence with a series of well executed chip and chase’s despite the weather, running in another two tries before the half.
The second half started quite scrappily with conditions worsening, both teams struggled to retain possession for any meaningful length of time and often found themselves resetting with scrums. Midway through the half however action exploded back on to the park with Upper Hutt finding their groove again behind a few pieces of individual brilliance, dotting down four more times in the second half to seal the victory. Johnsonville did manage to find a spark late with a try being scored in the dying minutes however it was too little too late.
(Jackson Te Huki, Assistant Coach)
Superloans Colts – BYE
This Weeks Games:
· Woodridge Homes Premiers vs Avalon, Fraser Park 2, 2.45pm
· Quay Marine Premier Reserves vs Avalon, Fraser Park Artificial, 1pm
· Superloans Colts vs Avalon Colts, Fraser Park 2, 1pm
· Superloans 85’s vs OBU Scallywags 85’s, Alex Moore Artificial, 7.30pm (FRIDAY NIGHT)
· Superloans Cripples vs Upper Hutt Rams Pirates, Helston Park, 1pm
· Johnsonville Pressies vs HOBM Pressies, Helston Park, 2.45pm.
Get along to support our teams!