Taniwharau have returned to the winners column in the Auckland Women’s Premiership following their victory over Otahuhu.
AUCKLAND WOMEN’S PREMIERSHIP
Howick 50 – 34 Ponsonby
Friday night lights saw the Howick Hornets claim an impressive victory over Ponsonby. An offensive clinic from the home side playing at Paparoa Park put Cilia-Marie Po’e-Tofaeono over the line for six individual tries in the ten try performance. A close game throughout, with two points in it at halftime, the Hornets came out to get the job done with a 30-point second half.
Taniwharau 34 – 6 Otahuhu
Taniwharau have jumped back into the winner’s column with a victory over Otahuhu. Te Oriwa Ahuriri and Nyesha Hamilton got doubles on the day as they put the pressure on the Leopards with a balanced performance across the full eighty minutes. Taniwharau will look to continue to improve and strong wins together as they could make a late push for the top four, starting with a test against the Howick Hornets, a team in a similar position.
Manurewa 30 – 8 Otara
Manurewa have taken down Otara and claimed sole position of second place in the competition. Going into the competition sitting on equal competition points, both teams were looking to take control below first placed Pt Chevalier. The Marlins had a point to prove, shooting out to an 18-nil halftime lead through three converted tries. The pressure continued straight out of half-time with Kerehitina Denise dotting over for her second try as the second half begin and securing a hat-trick 20 minutes later. Maitua Feterika had a double in the contest.
Pt Chevalier 26 – 4 Richmond
The Pirates continue to roll and remain unbeaten after eight rounds of Premiership competition. A close game in the first half between the inner-city rivals, heading into the break with a four-point Pt Chevalier advantage, they had their work cut out for them heading into the second half. An evident increase of effort from the competition leaders put them in control and continue to hold firm control of the competition.
AUCKLAND WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Pukekohe 32 – 28 Glenora
The Pukekohe Pythons have claimed their first win of the season, taking down the Glenora Bears. The side has continued to show up week-in and week-out with less playing numbers than the rest of the competition teams and shown improvements throughout the season. The side scored six tries, to the Bears five, with Lilliarn Asafo getting a double in the sides effort.
Manukau 38 – 14 Manurewa
After getting their first loss of the season last weekend, the Magpies come out with a point to prove against the Manurewa Marlins. Scoring the first twenty points of the game, Manukau got off to a great start before Manurewa had a chance to hit back with two tries towards the break. The second half followed a similar trend with the Magpies scoring four consecutive tries before Grace Tautuhi crossed late for the Marlins. Roseleen Rave, Cassandra Tere and Delainah Marsters all scored two tries each in the contest.