Waiheke Marketplace : August 8th 2012
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 28 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 8, 2012 SPORT No rest for battered Rams side LEAGUE On defence: Daniel Priest, Harry Hodgetts and Sam Hammer try to keep the Raiders in check. Hard out: Andrew Pragnell on attack against the Hibiscus Coast. Down but not out, beaten but not bowed. The Waiheke Fullers Pub Charity Rams travelled to Stanmore Bay to play the Hibiscus Coast Raiders in the Phelan Shield major semi- final and returned home beaten 43-12. Apart from the first and last 10 minutes of the game, the Rams were overcome by a much fitter, focused and very strong Raiders team. This is not to say the Rams gave anything but their best at any time. In fact I was never more proud of them than at this match despite the large scoreline, as not one of them tossed the towel in, nor gave anything but their best for the 80 minutes. The game started prom- isingly enough with the Rams dominating the ruck and the score for the first 10 minutes, forcing four turnovers from a somewhat nervous Raiders. This dominance was under- lined after seven minutes when the diminutive but indomitable Josh Williams darted over handy to the posts for Luke Maoate to con- vert and the Rams led 6-0. They continued to hold the lead until the Coast opened the floodgates with tries in the 24th, 34th, 40th and 44th minutes, converting two of them for a halftime lead of 20-6. The second stanza started with the Rams needing to score first and the Coast neg- lecting to read the script, scoring in the 5th, 20th, 30th and 36th minutes, adding three conversions, as well as rubbing a bit of salt in the wounds with a dropped goal in the 32th minute. As with every game they've played this year, the lads kept trying to the bitter end. Dan Priest made two excel- lent breaks down the righthand sideline, deftly kicking to the Raiders' ingoal on each occasion. The first came to no avail, the second provided a try for fast-follow- ing Sam Marshall. James Kara added the conversion. The bruised and battered Rams now have to pull them- selves together for a second semifinal this week at Mt Smart. I have no doubt they will give it their best again. The League Lad Schoolboys maintain structure under pressure On island: The Auckland ITM Cup rugby team is enjoying a three-day training camp on Waiheke. RUGBY Waiheke High School 3 Auckland Grammar 46 Waiheke started strongly against a clinical Auckland Grammar side. The Waihekeans were fully tested in terms of defence and rucking and held up well, generating and retain- ing possession and maintain- ing the structure that had eluded them earlier in the season. Auckland Grammar opted to go wide to open the scor- ing 10 minutes into the first half. The Grammar side used its strong running game effectively to draw in the committed Waiheke defence and then continued to exploit the overlaps created out wide. The islanders did well to contain an impressive backline during the first half. This was especially true in relation to stand-in full- back Reagan Alofivae who made several try-saving tackles in his role as sweeper. Disappointingly, the halftime score was taken to 17-3 after a well worked Grammar back move cut through the static Waiheke defensive line. Given the mounting score- line Waiheke opted not to kick several penalties and instead tried to drive across the line only to be repelled by the resolute Grammar defensive line. This sustained attack took its toll on the Waiheke side and as fatigue settled in the islanders struggled to apply the same level of defensive pressure they had produced in the first half. Auckland Grammar were clinical in exploiting this late in the game scoring several soft tries as a result of missed tackles. The award for back of the match went to Reagan Alofivae. The award for for- ward of the match and over- all player of the day went to captain Daley Snowden for his tireless work both on attack and defence. The Waiheke High School rugby team ends its season this Saturday when it plays Mount Albert Grammar Gold at Onetangi Sports Park at 10.30am. This will be fans' last chance to see this team of fine young men in action this season. A fortnight ago Waiheke High hammered another Mount Albert Grammar side 38-0, so MAG's Gold team will be all out to reverse the result. Under 9 Sharks 5 Pak- uranga 35 Another tough encounter for the Sharks who tackled and contested for the ball throughout the game. India, Geraint and Jayden made an impact in the forwards win- ning some great ball and making some big breaks. The Sharks were able to contain Pakuranga Kauri for the first half, only conceding a couple of tries. The second half saw Kauri move the ball wide, away from the Sharks' formidable forward pack, and into the Sharks' defensive lineup. Rui appeared to be in more than one place at a time, complet- ing tackle after tackle. Zach and James had a high work rate tackling and contesting the ball in the rucks and mauls while Nico traded running across the field for straight up the middle and tore through the Kauri for- ward pack. The Sharks' sup- port play has been on the improve and will pay dividends, as the team's ball handling skills improve. The team has been work- ing on the breakdown and ball security, so it was great to see some of the lads bridg- ing the breakdown to secure the ball and support their tackled team-mates. India has grasped this element of the game and led the way -- awesome. Robert, the youngest player on the park, was able to secure ball from the back of the maul and dart off down field. Cole also had a great game taking on the Kauri defence and was unlucky not to cross the line. Player of the day was Jay- den Chambers, best tackler Rui Farrant and coach's choices Robert Blazek, Harry Callaghan and Taj Mer- rilees. Try scored by Rui Far- rant. Great game lads. The Sharks play College Rifles Mounties on Waiheke this weekend. Under 7s 11 Carlton 10 Waiheke dominated the game with Carlton attacking hard. Fast side-stepping and off-loading gave the lead to Waiheke with the Under 7s clocking up a win after a long period of drawn games. It was an action packed game with awesome try scor- ing. A fantastic run by Sam Clarke, who is not afraid of running through the oppo- sition, set up Sam Potter's try. Kiyen Jacomb dropped his shoulder and ploughed through Carlton's defence to score his try. Ryan Twidle ran with a great step and put it down on the try line. Off first half due to injury in warming up, Rory streaked down the field to score within seconds of com- ing on to play. Player of the day was awarded to Sam Potter for his three tries and an impressive amount of rips. Coach's choice was Sam Clarke for his running and fast tackles and Rory Broughton for awesome com- mitment and determination. Kaiden Zielger received tackler of the day for his try saving rips.
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