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Border lock in in home semi with derby win over Ngamatapouri

By Jared Smith

It was another Tasman Tanning Premier second round in June where the winners of the first round were flipped.

As well as Wanganui Car Centre Kaierau securing a crucial bonus point win over Dave Hoskin Carriers Marist while denying them any extras, Waverley Harvesting Border have guaranteed a home semifinal after coming out of the Waitotara Valley with a 30-12 win in the South Taranaki derby with Settler’s Honey Ngamatapouri.

Border had been significantly undermanned when they lost 14-0 to Ngamatapouri in the annual ‘Duck Shooting’ game under lights on May 6 at Dallison Park in Waverley.

But the break for a bye and the Queen’s Birthday Weekend has let Border marshal their troops – getting back to full strength while players that were gutting out niggles to play have recovered.

Border knew Ngamatapouri with their half dozen backs with Heartland Championship experience would be dangerous nonetheless, but picking up the maximum points while denying the home side any consolation means Border can’t be caught by anyone for second spot on the table, although top qualifier will be unbeaten Byford’s Readmix Taihape regardless.

It does set up a spine-tingling clash at Dallison Park this coming weekend, as Taihape will bringing the Grand Hotel Challenge Shield they have defended eight times since lifting it off Border on June 19 last year.

And of course, as if they needed reminding, Taihape have yet to beat Border on their home ground.

For Ngamatapouri, trying to make their first ever Premier semifinal since joining the grade in 2017, having previously won the Senior title, the 2019 Division 2, and multiple WRFU Sevens crowns, they are back in a tight battle where two into three won’t go.

Now tied with Kaierau and two points clear of Marist, Ngamatapouri will play both of them in their remaining games, with the prospect that one win from two might get them through.

This starts with hosting Kaierau up the valley this weekend.

It was a great Saturday for the Kaierau club all around, as Gemini Pepper Construction Kaierau held off a Black Bull Liquor Pirates team fighting to save their season, hanging onto the Stihl Shop Wanganui Challenge Shield, 25-23.

Now 0-3 in Senior Division 1, Pirates don’t have the math on their side, even if they win their last two games, to make the semifinals.

Having lost the shield to Kaierau, JJ Walters Marton have kept their playoff hopes alive after a cracking Rangitikei derby with Ratana, scoring the only try of the second half to come back for a 15-14 win.

It was the first meeting of the sides this season, after their game in the Country group was cancelled out of respect for the passing of Rehimana Meihana, the tumuaki of the Rātana Church of NZ.

Ratana’s bonus point still keeps them locked into the second playoff spot, although now in a real traffic jam with just one point separating second place to fifth.

Sitting above that is Ali Arc Logistics–TD Brick & Blocks Marist Celtic, who provided Marist RFC with their sole joy on Old Timers Day at Spriggens Park, holding off a late comeback by McCarthy Transport Ruapehu to win 34-24.

Across the way on the Racecourse fields, Kelso Hunterville took a big step forward as they lead the Division 2 table with a comfortable 47-19 win over Marist Buffalos.

In the Memorial Park derby, Bennett’s Taihape made it two wins for the season over neighbours Utiku Old Boys, pulling away in the second half to win 29-10 and lock in second spot on the table.

Results, June 18

Tasman Tanning Premier, Round 7

Wanganui Car Centre Kaierau 32 (Josh Lane, Tai Pulemagafa, Harry Unsworth , Tyrone Kemp, Ethan Robinson tries; Robinson pen, con, Brooklyn Herewini con) bet Dave Hoskin Carriers Marist 19 (Junior Nepia, Bradley Graham tries, penalty try; Daniel Kauika con). HT: 22-12.

Waverley Harvesting Border bt Settlers Honey Ngamatapouri 30-12 (Scorers unknown).

Senior Division 1, Round 3

At Kaierau Country Club (Stihl Shop Wanganui Challenge Shield): Gemini Pepper Construction Kaierau bt Black Bull Liquor Pirates 25-23. HT: 11-10 Pirates.

At Spriggens Park: Ali Arc Logistics–TD Brick & Blocks Marist Celtic bt McCarthy Transport Ruapehu 34-24. HT: 24-5.

At Marton Park: JJ Walters Marton bt Ratana 15-14. HT: 14-10 Ratana.

Senior Division 2, Round 3

At Racecourse: Kelso Hunterville bt Marist Buffalo’s 47-19. HT: 25-0.

At Memorial Park: Bennett’s Taihape bt Utiku OB 29-10. HT: 12-10 Taihape.

Bye: McCrea Scanning Counties

Premier Points
2022 Tasman Tanning Premiers Table
Updated 25/06/2022

#
2022 Tasman Tanning PREMIER
P
W
D
L
F
A
BPts
+/-
Pts
1
Taihape
7
7
-
-
330
108
6
+222
34
2
Border
8
4
-
4
188
227
6
-39
22
3
Ngamatapouri
7
3
-
4
174
200
4
-26
16
4
Kaierau
7
2
-
5
172
259
3
-87
11
5
Marist
7
2
-
5
140
210
1
-70
09

Senior Division 1 Points
Senior championship – Division One –
Updated 25/06/2022

#
2022 Tasman Tanning Seniors Div.1
P
W
D
L
F
A
BPts
+/-
Pts
1
Celtic
4
3
1
-
117
63
3
+54
17
2
Ruapehu
4
2
1
1
120
111
3
+09
13
3
Ratana
4
2
1
1
69
44
2
+25
12
4
Kaierau
4
2
-
2
85
99
2
-14
10
5
Marton
4
1
1
2
44
66
1
-22
07
6
Pirates
4
-
-
4
74
126
3
-52
03
*All Standings are provisional

Senior Division 2 Points

#
2022 Tasman Tanning Seniors Div.2
P
W
D
L
F
A
BPts
+/-
Pts
1
Hunterville
4
3
-
1
140
63
4
+77
16
2
Taihape
3
3
-
-
72
43
2
+29
14
3
Counties
3
1
-
2
66
34
3
+32
07
4
Utiku OB
3
1
-
2
10
79
1
-69
05
5
Buffaloes
3
-
-
3
19
88
0
-69
00
*All Standings are provisional


HAPPENINGS

COLLEGIATE: It’s been a tough four days for the Whanganui Collegiate 1st XV in the CNI competition. On Wednesday, they lost a home game with Lindisfarne College 14-10, while a flu-depleted side then travelled to Pukekohe to meet Wesley College, losing 7-3. Two bonus points keeps Collegiate in third place, but it will not last as all the teams around them have multiple games in hand.

UNDER 20: Former Collegiate Old Boys Harry Godfrey (Hurricanes) and Adam Lennox (Chiefs) have been named in the New Zealand Under 20’s squad after the national tournament in Taupo. Godfrey also played for NZ U20 last year, while he was named in the paper 2020 NZ Secondary Schools team, while Lennox was selected for the NZ Barbarians squad.

SCHOOLS: In Wednesday’s Under 16 Boys XV competition, Ruapehu College picked up a 44-0 win over Whanganui High School, with City College on the bye. This followed on from Round 1 where WHS beat City 48-26.