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Metro Colts safe for Top 5 ahead of competition split

By Jared Smith

St Johns Whanganui Metro are safe for the Championship group when the MRU Colts grade splits in two after this week, following their fourth straight win on Saturday.

The squad heading to Rugby Park to starch home side Dannevirke SC 56-12, scoring ten tries.

Metro kept a clean sheet in the first half at 31-0, coach Mark Cosford having nearly a full bench of players as a number of previously injured squad members made welcome returns.

“The boys are starting to kick back.

“They really went over there and played with some good structure.

“There’s plenty of positives out there.”

Play-maker Joey Devine scored four tries, and although not having his best day with the boot, his three conversions took him to a 26 point haul.

Kane Hinga had another standout performance, as did fellow flanker Lucas Reardon, along with backs Matthew McKenna and Carlos Hill.

The win moved Metro (4-3) up into third place, although Te Kawau (4-2) were still to play their deferred game with Massey University RFC (1-5) on Wednesday.

In any case, Metro is a safe nine points above the cut off line before the MRU Colts grade splits into Top 5 and Bottom 4 grades for the rest of the season after this Saturday.

They will now play sixth place Feilding Old Boys-Oroua (3-4) in their last game before the separation – FOB-Oroua’s lack of bonus points means even a win over Metro would still leave them short of current fifth-place Feilding Yellows (4-3).

In the Top 5, each side will play four games plus a bye, with one team then dropping out as the rest go into the semifinals.

Metro had a tough start to their season as they played all the sides which ultimately finished at the top of the Championship group, losing away to Te Kawau (34-20), Bush SC (25-19) and at home to undefeated title favourites College Old Boys RFC (48-29).

However, after winning four straight and with their injuries lessening, Cosford is confident his charges can make a good showing.

“Getting a few there [to training] is starting to work.

“Just keep working on the structure and it’s starting to look like a good rugby team.

“We will have another crack at the teams that beat us.”

Kickoff against FOB-Oroua will be 12.45pm in Whanganui.

HAPPENINGS

CYCLONES: Three St Johns Whanganui Metro Women’s players have been named in Manawatu Cyclones squad for the upcoming Farah Palmer Cup. Former Black Fern Sosoli Talawadua is joined by Hayley Gabriel and Brianna Wallace. Former Whanganui players now with other MRU clubs in Mia Maraku, Hollyrae Mete and Pounamu Wharehinga were also selected. The Sunday team announcement came after Saturday’s Prue Christie Cup final, won by Feilding Old Boys-Oroua over Kia Toa RFC, 32-17.

ROBINSON: Recently departed Wanganui Car Centre Kaierau flanker Cade Robinson has been named in the South Queensland Open Men’s squad to contest the Queensland Country Championships in Toowoomba, July 1-3. Robinson left Whanganui in mid-May to link up with Caloundra RC on Queenland’s Sunshine Coast.