Another day, another win for Old Boys

At a glance

Tukapa 27 Clifton 3

Coastal 20 Stratford 17

NPOB 46 Spotswood Utd 14

Inglewood 13 Southern 6

Competition leaders New Plymouth Old Boys made it eight wins from as many games as the second round of Taranaki premier club rugby kicked off on Saturday.

After seven weeks of playing in mild and dry conditions, the rain finally arrived.

Not that it worried Old Boys as they easily beat Spotswood United 46-14 at Vogeltown Park.

Their seven tries to two victory meant Old Boys have know banked a bonus point win against every opponent they have faced.

For a time in the first half it looked like Spotswood United were going to make a game of it as they held the home side to 10-7 for a period.

However, a couple of defensive lapses saw Old Boys run in two quick tries. Spotswood United had a royal chance of narrowing the gap right on halftime but a lineout drive that was destined for the try line was called back for some obstructions.

Still, Spotswood United would have felt they were still in the game if they started the second half well.

They did not. In fact, they could not have started it more poorly as their option taking, especially nar their line, was found seriously wanting as they conceded a couple of soft tries to see any hope of a win slip away.

The theme continued for much of the second half, although Spotswood United did enjoy a small period of domination.

The tries were shared around for Old Boys who did show they were adept in playing to the conditions a little better than their opposition.

They made some silly errors, especially in the first half, though, that would have been punished by better opposition.

Although they played very much as a team, there were some stand out performances from Old Boys, including hooker Willy McBride, while replacement fullback Cody Rei showed his class when he came on early for younger brother Logan who limped off within 10 minutes of the start.

Prop Bradley Chubb was probably the best for Spotswood United.

Elsewhere, Stratford had a chance to walk away from their match with Coastal at Victoria Park with a draw but a late penalty 30m out from in front of the posts was hooked by goal kicker Leon Nawai.

That left Coastal 20-17 victors in what was a scrappy match due largely to the conditions.

Stratford’s management team thought there were a lot of penalties while Coastal coach Aaron Fisher did not think it was a major factor in the match.

There were some highlights for the home side, including centre Rupeni Vakasilimi who scored a brace of tries, while captain Matthew Kissick, playing at openside flanker, capped off a good game with a try.

Fisher thought No 8 Kelvin Weir had an excellent game for Coastal, while prop Mike Kainga was also prominent along with fullback David Walker.

Last year’s beaten finalist Inglewood matched the number of wins they had in the first round in the opening week of the second round as they beat Southern 13-6 in a dour match at Hawera.

Playing with the wind in the first half, Inglewood took a 13-0 lead into the break and defended for the majority of the second half.

Inglewood co-coach Gavin Muir admitted it was anything but pretty but he cared little as they banked four valuable competition points lift them off the bottom of the table.

He was delighted with the work of lock Kane Newman, hooker Harry Jones and midfielder Blake Hohaia.

Tukapa kept hold of second spot on the table with a comfortable 27-3 win over Clifton at Sanders Park in the remaining game.

Again the match was heavily influenced by the weather with Tukapa first five-eighth Jack Cameron and captain and No 8 Mitchell Crosswell adapting the best out of anyone.

It was a tough day for Clifton who lost several key players to injury throughout the match. The loss sees them slip to the bottom of the table.


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