NEWSLETTER — 23-4-17

HUTT OLD BOYS MARIST 47  JOHNSONVILLE  22

Not too bad, could have been worse.

A brilliant spell in the second half took us from 8-40 down to 22-40 down and things weren’t looking too bad at all, until again we gave away a last-play try/conversion.

The old story, turnover, turnover, turnover, but there was plenty of commitment, from most. We turned over too much of our own lineout ball, we turned over in the tackle and after Dane Robertson had scored a ‘no-try’ halfway through the first half some poor defence allowed them to stroll in for a 7-pointer.

Levi Grace, at fullback, was at his brilliant best and made numerous incisive runs through the HOBM defence while right-wing Jacob Walmsley also thrilled the locals with a couple of brilliant midfield breaks and his two tries were the result of speed and determination. Levi Kemp was sharp at first-five, providing the perfect chip through which resulted in Walmsley’s second try.

Unfortunately skipper Anthony Pettett was absent and will be out for another couple of weeks with a concussion from last week’s game against MSP.

The Quay Marine prem reserves were doing very well against comp leaders HOBM when down 8-15 at halftime but when we committed the cardinal sin of not finding touch from a penalty they scooted along the touchline and scored. And it was mostly downhill from  there. We decided not to tackle and eventually went down 8-46.

Mykel Herewini was at his rampaging best and Tawera (later to come on for the prems) was, as usual, always dangerous. Another to impress was a new hooker from Trump-land.

The Superloans colts were most impressive in  beating their HOBM counterparts 51-29 and there are obviously some youngsters here who are going to step up in the not-too-distant future.

The Superloans Under-85s had a big win, 36-17, over OBU and the Superloans Pressies were unlucky when drawing 10-10 with Tawa.

And then there was the Superloans Cripples match — against Stokes Valley.

Not good! Thank god we got up to win 25-24 with a try in the last play of the game because there was evidently much below-the-belt play during the course of the game which resulted in SV having one player red-carded and another two yellow-carded.

Boots were flying evidently, but we got the result.

The worst game Noff said he’d seen in 28 years of Cripples rugby. And that’s saying something.

Don’t forget Tuesday, at Helston, where we will remember them.

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