SAS FOX MEMORIAL PREMIERSHIP
Howick 16 Papakura 6
Howick got past a dogged Papakura 16-6 at Paparoa Park, in a match which saw no points scored through the entire second half. Howick wing Andre Singh did much of the damage with two tries, while in the middle of the park Hornets captain Jethro Friend stood out, getting through a mountain of work in defence.
Mangere East 14 Pt Chevalier 22
Pt Chevalier edged Mangere East to continue their unbeaten start to 2018. Up 10-4 at the break, the Pirates weren’t able to pull away in the second, but iced the game late to secure the result at Walter Massey Park. The match saw the three Pasene brothers, Kitiona, Laupepa and Tama take the field together for Pt Chevalier for the first time.
Marist 18 Northcote 22
Northcote survived a late comeback from Marist to pick up their third win of the campaign. Momentum changed constantly throughout the match, with Marist mounting a late charge, with a try 15 minutes from time reducing the gap to four. Northcote wing Ted Donnelly scored a stunning 100-metre try in the win.
Otahuhu 6 Mt Albert 30
A hat-trick to winger Cortez Taulu helped Mt Albert to a big victory over Otahuhu in the Round 6 livestreamed match. Up 16-0 at the break, the Lions hit another gear in the second to claim win number five for the year. Halfback Reece Joyce earned Man of the Match honours, terrorising Otahuhu with his long kicking game.
Glenora 52 Richmond 0
The Glenora Bears powered past Richmond at Harold Moody Park, ensuring they remain firmly set in the competition’s top four. Winger James Taumata and centre Tapulaaia Pauli both scored doubles in the blowout, while former Kiwi international Epalahame Lauaki caused chaos on the edge.
CROWN LIFT TRUCKS SHARMAN CUP
Papatoetoe 14 Ellerslie 52
The Ellerslie Eagles overcame the Papatoetoe Panthers to record a comfortable victory at Bert Henham Park. Eagles captain Vili Li helped himself to a double, while teenage standoff Hayden Mcleod-Crumpe was nearly perfect off the boot with his conversions. In a well beaten side, interchange man Womack Ili-Nanai was brilliant for Papatoetoe, scoring two tries and setting up their third.
Otara 28 Manurewa 10
The Otara Scorpions proved too much for the injury-hit Manurewa Marlins, banking a 28-10 win, in what was their second victory of the year. Well in control at half-time, Otara scored 10 points in the second half to overrun the Marlins, who suffered three injuries inside the first 10 minutes of the game at Ngati Otara Park.
Hibiscus Coast 12 Ponsonby 30
Three tries to centre Michael Talaepa saw Ponsonby topple the Hibiscus Coast and secure their place in the second division’s top three for at least another week. The road victory saw the Ponies turn a 12-4 half-time advantage into a comfortable margin come the end of the 80 minutes.
Bay Roskill 74 Manukau 4
The Bay Roskill Vikings maintained their spot at the top of the ladder in impressive fashion, running riot against the Manukau Magpies at Blockhouse Bay Reserve. Fullback Cori Vogel scored four tries for the Vikings, while back-rower Jerome Mamea grabbed a hat-trick and centre Lape Tafutu a double. The Magpies started strongly, but fell away badly in the second period.
Waitemata 8 Northern Brothers 14
Northern Brothers mounted a stirring comeback to pick up their second victory of the year, this time at the expense of Waitemata. Down 8-0 after just 10 minutes, Northern Brothers pulled the margin back by the hour mark, locking scores at 8-8, before fullback John Faaee popped up late in the match to score the winning try at the Ranui Domain.
Mt Wellington 6 Franklin 20
The Franklin Storm remain undefeated through their first month in the Crown Lift Trucks Sharman Cup. The Premiership newcomers moved past Mt Wellington to grab win number three for 2018. Up 16-6 at the break, Franklin battled against a lop-sided possession count in the second half to keep the Warriors scoreless through the final 40 minutes.
Pakuranga 22 New Lynn 4
The Pakuranga Jaguars jumped into the competition’s top eight with a dominant performance against New Lynn. After forging a narrow advantage at the break, Pakuranga put together a big second stanza, scoring 14 unanswered points to pick up their second victory of the year.