Waiheke Marketplace : August 1st 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 28 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 1, 2012 SPORT Print Tablet Phone PC Read your FREE Community newspaper Waiheke Marketplace in print and see the entire paper, plus back issues Go to www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz and click on "Latest Edition." online for FREE! No Subscription. No Registration. Priceless. Up and down but Rams get to semis LEAGUE Running hard: Luke Maoate earned himself player of the day for the Rams. Photos: WENDY PARSON Hard out: Daniel Priest was awarded hit of the day while Drew Best was ready in support. CONTINUED Page 29 Rams 30 Pukekohe 28 The Fullers Waiheke Pub Charity Rams travelled to Pukekohe with both sides knowing they had to win to extend their season into the semifinals. An enthralling contest was assured and nobody in the huge crowd was disap- pointed. The match began in over- cast conditions with a blus- tery northwest wind blowing across the ground. After a standard feeling out of each other, the Pythons struck first, crossing for unconverted tries in the seventh and tenth minutes. The Rams showing much better discipline and benefit- ting in the penalty count, replied with the next three chalk crossings. First, in the fifteenth minute, Zane Kapehi, showing remarkable speed for a prop, crossed wide out then Luke Maoate, relish- ing his positional change to the second row, took the next two in the thirtieth and thirty-fifth minutes, convert- ing the second to take the Rams to oranges 14-8 up. Five minutes into the sec- ond stanza and the Puke again opened the scoring with another unconverted four pointer and the score was 14-12. Troy Lomas provided some relief with the first of his brace and the Rams were up 18-12. Then the discipline that had served them so well dis- appeared and a succession of penalties gifted the Pythons field position. They didn't need a second offering and ran in three tries in a row, converting two of them, and the Rams were gone at 28-18 needing two converted tries with five minutes to go to win. This side has never been short of guts. Brent Ivory gave them a sniff, refusing to be tackled with a 40 metre surge to the Pythons' 20 metre line. Two more tackles and Josh Williams dived over next to the posts for Luke to convert. There was only injury time left. The Pythons kicked off deep into the Rams' 20 metre zone. Two hitups took them 10 metres forward. On the fourth tackle with the Pythons' fullback up on the side line, Luke kicked deep into Puke's half and the crowd gasped as an orange flash dissected the opposition after the ball. For once the footy gods smiled on the Rams. One high bounce then a shorter one landed sweetly in Troy's hands for him to race the final 30 metres under the black dot. Luke converted. The Rams had the game at 30-28. Somehow the official (Puke) timekeeper found another couple of minutes for the Rams and their fans to endure. They did and duly won. Remarkable this has left the Rams in second place on the regular season table. This means an away semi against the Hibiscus Coast with the winner proceeding straight to the final in two weeks' time. A loss will mean a second semi which should be at Ostend. -- The League Lad Rams 12 Glenora 0 The Fullers Rams Under- 12 restricted team took on the Glenora Bears at Victoria Park on Sunday. The conditions were wet and windy. The game plan hard and straight. Glenora had defaulted on us for our home game weeks before and we used this as motivation to take it to them. Hard hitting Micah Marsh went on a tackling spree and made every tackle count. Micah received the Scott Niwa tackler of the day award. Austin Helleur, after weeks of rep rugby appointments, also made his mark on the field. Hard running and solid tackles earned him the Scott Niwa player of the day. Well done boys, keep up the good work. The performances of the more senior players lifted the team in defence and made sure Ora'' left the ground with no points. The back line stayed deep and spun the ball well, considering the con- ditions, giving themselves plenty of room to move and operate. The Rams scored three tries and took the game 12-0. They also showed a lot of heart and confidence as they arm wrestled Glenora for the win. This is a team to watch.
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