Press Release – Auckland Rugby League
Rd 16 SAS Fox Memorial Premiership match reports
Mangere East 30 Mt Albert 27
A last-minute try to Dakohta Taimani saw Mangere East register one of the upsets of the season at Walter Massey Park.In a game where the lead changed multiple times, Mt Albert appeared to have the game won when they took a three-point lead with five to go, thanks to a Reece Joyce field goal and penalty. But directly off a scrum 10 metres from the line, on what turned out to be the last play of the game, Taimani sliced through to score the match-winner and boot the Lions back out of the top four.
Papakura 22 Richmond 32
A strong first half set Richmond up for a crucial victory in the push to avoid relegation. After taking a four-try lead into the sheds, Richmond had to survive a late scare which saw Papakura bag consecutive tries in the final 10 minutes. Centre Siave Tupou was a standout for the Bulldogs, scoring two tries in the win, which lifts them four points clear of relegation.
Glenora 36 Otahuhu 10
Glenora ran riot in the first half, clocking 30 points to Otahuhu’s 10, before shutting their opponents out for the entire second 40, to defend the Roope Rooster challenge trophy. The Bears’ star-studded forward pack did much of the damage, and off the back of it fullback Polima Siaki scored a pair of tries.
Howick 20 Northcote 18
A George Edwards try on the buzzer and a Drew Radich conversion saw Howick upset Northcote and jump back inside the competition’s top four. Northcote had led from the 15th minute right through to the 79th, before Edwards got on the end of a backline move to tie things up, setting Radich up with a game-winning kick 10 in from the sideline.
Marist 6 Pt Chevalier 22
Pt Chevalier scored a flurry of points late in the game to get past a determined Marist at Murray Halberg Park. Up just 10-6 at the break, Pt Chevalier were made to work for everything in the second 40, with Francis Leger and Saula Solomona scoring key tries.
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Franklin 20 Ellerslie 22
A storming finish saw Ellerslie record a come-from-behind win over Franklin, which keeps them in third position. Franklin had led 12-10 at the break, and stretched the gap to 10 points with 20 to go. But the Eagles rallied late, scoring via Liam Tuaiti, with Hayden Mcleod-Crumpe converting for the win. Franklin wing William Pompey was a standout in the loss, crossing for a hat-trick.
Otara 50 New Lynn 18
Otara’s James Toleafoa scored a hat-trick in his side’s comfortable win over the Stags. The Scorpions carried momentum through the first half and led 26-4 at the break, continuing their charge in the second to remain inside the competition’s top eight.
Te Atatu 28  Manurewa 22
Doubles to Allan Pesamino and Shiloh Fountain helped lift Te Atatu past Manurewa. The Roosters were in fine touch through the first 40, taking a 22-6 advantage into the break. Te Atatu’s sole second-half try proved enough for them to dodge a brilliant comeback from the visitors.
Bay Roskill 20 Ponsonby 10
Bay Roskill have wrapped up the minor premiership and remain undefeated after winning the top-of-the-table clash against Ponsonby. The home side led 14-4 at half-time, with former Kiwi international Jerome Ropati the Vikings’ standout player.
Papatoetoe 16 Waitemata 60
A remarkable five-try haul from fullback Ilai Faamita set the tone for Waitemata in a big win over bottom-placed Papatoetoe on the road. The Seagulls scored 26 points in the first half before adding a further 34 in the second, with their big forward pack a key component in the win.