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Taihape defends home turf and shield against Marist

By Jared Smith

Byford’s Readimix Taihape continues to be a step above the pack in Tasman Tanning Premier after once again pulling away from a determined visitor, in this case Dave Hoskin Carriers Marist, for a 39-17 win at Memorial Park on Saturday.

Racking defence No7 in this Grand Hotel Challenge Shield reign, Taihape have the depth to experiment with their line-up, leaving a couple of regular starters and Steelform Whanganui squad members to come off the bench.

They took control early with a try, while first-five Dane Whale added a penalty, and then a well-worked backline spread with fullback Tyler Rogers-Holden coming into the line saw winger Tiari Mumby dot down for 13-0 in as many minutes.

But this was not the wide-eyed Marist side that got destroyed 81-14 last year at the same ground, as centre Jack O’Leary swooped on a loose pass from an ambitious spread inside Taihape’s 22m to dash over beside the posts, first-five Rangi Kui converting.

Good control and attack through the backline saw Kui put down a grubber kick that ricocheted off a defender’s boot for O’Leary to toe it through and dive in for his double to close the gap to 13-12.

 Taihape pulled away again with their third try approaching halftime, but again Marist lifted as halfback Rory Gudsell took a quick tap to get his team down on attack, and from a ruck in front of the posts, flanker Brad Graham ran off into a gap and popped it up to lock Brad O’Leary to again close the gap to a point at halftime.

But like they did against Kaierau, Taihape found fifth gear – bringing on their top loose forwards – and with momentum, Whale threw the dummy near the posts and bumped out of a tackler to score a try he converted.

Another Taihape converted try followed in the 56th minute, Marist creating opportunities inside the home side’s dangerzone but just unable to capitalise.

Losing a player to the sinbin didn’t help with the clock running down, and then Rogers-Holden chased a Whale grubber kick to control the ball soccer-style and score his double in the corner on fulltime.

Having to play nearly three quarters of the game with 14-men saw Gemini Pepper Construction Kaierau lose their undefeated tag, as Harvey Round Motors Ratana signalled their intentions in the opening round of Senior Division 1 with a 28-10 victory at the Country Club.

The most thrilling fixture was at Rochfort Park, as for the second week in a row, JJ Walters Marton clung onto the Stihl Shop Wanganui Challenge Shield by their fingernails – surviving a second half comeback by McCarthy’s Transport Ruapehu to hang on for another draw, 22-22.

Arc Logistics-TD Brick & Blocks Marist Celtic made it two comfortable Spriggens Park derby wins this season, as they lead the table after a 53-27 win over Black Bull Liquor Pirates.

In the opening round of the five-team Division 2, the desperately unlucky Bennett’s Taihape, who drew with Marton last week, got a measure of revenge on Kelso Hunterville – beating them 29-23 at Memorial Park to pay back the 22-14 loss at Hunterville Domain in April.

McCrea Scanning Counties leads the table after a big 41-0 win over Marist Buffalos at McNab Domain.

There will be no club rugby this coming Saturday for Queen’s Birthday weekend, as Monday will see the Steelform Whanganui vs Wairarapa Bush preseason representative game at the Country Club.

Results, May 28

Tasman Tanning Premier, Week 5

Wanganui Car Centre Kaierau 27 (Tai Pulemagafa, Woody Martin, Tyrone Kemp, Karl Pascoe tries; Brooklyn Herewini pen, 2 con) bt Waverley Harvesting Border 24 (Ross McDonald, Kieran Hussey, Craig Clare, Tom Syme tries; Clare 2 con). HT: 19-12.

Grand Hotel Challenge Shield – Byford’s Readimix Taihape 39 (Tyler Rogers-Holden 2, Tiari Mumby, Tim Goodwin, Beau Walker, Dane Whale tries; Whale pen, 3 con) bt Dave Hoskin Carriers Marist 17 (Jack O’Leary 2, Brad O’Leary tries; Rangi Kui con). HT: 18-17.

Senior Division 1, Week 1

At Spriggens Park: Ali Arc Logistics-TD Brick & Blocks Marist Celtic 53 bt Black Bull Liquor Pirates 53-27. HT: 27-5.

At Kaierau Country Club: Harvey Round Motors Ratana bt Gemini Pepper Construction Kaierau 28-10. HT: 18-10.

At Rochfort Park (Stihl Shop Wanganui Challenge Shield):  JJ Walters Marton drew with McCarthy’s Transport Ruapehu 22-22. HT: 19-10 Marton.

Senior Division 2, Week 1

At Memorial Park: Bennett’s Taihape bt Kelso Hunterville 29-23. HT: 12-8.

At McNab Domain: McCrea Scanning Counties bt Marist Buffalo’s 41-0. HT: 22-0.

Bye: Utiku Old Boys.


Premier Points

2022 Tasman Tanning Premiers Table
Updated 2/07/2022
#
2022 Tasman Tanning PREMIER
P
W
D
L
BPts
F
A
+/-
Pts
1
Taihape
8
7
-
1
7
347
128
+219
35
2
Border
8
4
-
4
6
188
227
-39
22
3
Ngamatapouri
8
3
-
5
5
198
234
-36
17
4
Kaierau
8
3
-
5
3
192
276
-84
15
5
Marist
8
3
-
5
2
174
234
-60
14

Senior Division 1 Points

Senior championship – Division One –
Updated 2/07/2022
#
2022 Tasman Tanning Seniors Div.1
P
W
D
L
BPts
F
A
+/-
Pts
1
Celtic
5
4
1
-
4
149
89
+60
22
2
Ruapehu
5
3
1
1
4
150
126
+24
18
3
Ratana
5
2
1
2
2
84
74
+10
12*
4
Kaierau
5
2
-
3
4
111
131
-20
12*
5
Marton
5
2
1
2
2
75
78
-03
12*
6
Pirates
5
-
-
5
2
86
157
-71
02
*All Standings are provisional

Senior Division 2 Points

#
2022 Tasman Tanning Seniors Div.2
P
W
D
L
BPts
F
A
+/-
Pts
1
Taihape
4
4
-
-
3
136
50
+86
19
2
Hunterville
4
3
-
1
4
140
63
+77
16
3
Utiku OB
4
2
-
2
2
44
84
-40
10
4
Counties
4
1
-
3
3
71
68
+03
07
5
Buffaloes
4
-
-
4
0
26
152
-126
00
*All Standings are provisional

Utiku Old Boys yet to play


HAPPENINGS

METRO: St Johns Whanganui Metro are off the mark in the MRU Colts division after a 38-22 win over the Feilding Yellows at Spriggens Park on Saturday. They will look to keep the momentum going against Old Boys Marist RC at Spriggens this coming weekend. The Metro Women were on a bye in the MRU Bottom 3 competition, and resume against Ashurst-Pohangina RFC at Kimbolton Domain this Saturday.

COLLEGIATE: Whanganui Collegiate 1st XV continues to get traction in the CNI competition after a 34-10 away win over St John’s Hastings 1st XV on Saturday. It will be a quick turnaround to face Taranaki’s Francis Douglas Memorial College at home on Wednesday.

SCHOOLBOYS: The local derby for MRU Premier 1 unquestionably went to Whanganui High School 1st XV, who defeated hosts City College 1st XV 52-7 on Saturday. Premier 2 (Development) saw Collegiate 2nd XV beat Feilding High Colts 21-19, while Cullinane College 1st XV lost 37-7 to Dannevirke High 1st XV. In the MRU Youth Grades, Collegiate Black beat Dannevirke High 88-5, while Collegiate Blue defeated Feilding High Hostel 22-17.

SUPER U20: The Bunnings Super Rugby U20 tournament concluded in Taupo on Saturday. The Hurricanes with four Whanganui expats finished with a win and two losses, with Ezra Malo getting a try while Harry Godfrey kicked a penalty and two conversions in the Day 1 35-27 win over the Highlanders, then Godfrey got a try and three conversions in the 58-26 loss to the Chiefs side which included Adam Lennox (Below) . Hurricanes lost their last game to NZ Barbarians 54-40. Chiefs lost to Crusaders 32-31 on Day 1 and 26-5 to the Highlanders on Saturday.