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COB charge clear at top of table

COB charge clear at top of table

College Old Boys sent Old Boys-Marist a hefty reality check in the form of a 46-7 hammering in round five of McDonalds Manawatu Senior One club rugby.

College Old Boys sent Old Boys-Marist a hefty reality check in the form of a 46-7 hammering in round five of McDonalds Manawatu Senior One club rugby.

Heading into the round, both teams were unbeaten and they appeared set for a tight tussle.

The first half lived up to that hype.

James Tofa barged over early for COB and Ben Werthmuller responded for OBM to leave the score at 8-7 at the break.

But OBM were no where near sticking with COB in the second half, key injuries to Matene Ruawai before the match and Rhys Pedersen, early in the first half, had already dealt a blow to their depth.

OBM’s ability to stick in the fight in the first half was largely due to them winning the forwards battle.

By the time the second half kicked off, COB had wrestled control of the breakdown which gave them the platform they needed to attack.

OBM had no answer for Tofa whose power and pace left OBM’s backs grasping at air.

As the space opened, more players got in on the act with Michael George, Stewart Cruden and Awatere Kiwara all having moments of brilliance.

Osgood Shadyn OBM

Despite the efforts of Jeremy Dobson, Shadyn Osgood and Josh Greer, OBM never seemed likely to get back into the game as they ultimately faded in the second half.

It was a much tighter battle as Feilding Old Boys-Oroua scraped past Kia Toa 27-24.

The Stags had to come back from being 24-3 behind to claim the win.

As the scoreline suggested, it was all one-way running in the first half.

Fraser Stone, Michael Lockwood, Alex Metekingi and Jackson Iose all scored tries to put Kia Toa on top.

The Kia Toa pack was enjoying the tight battles and their backline had been handed a free ride.

But five minutes before the half, FOB-O started to pull things together.

From an under-pressure scrum, FOB-O sent the ball wide where Shai Wiperi got on the outside of Michael Tagicakibau to put young Shaq Waara away in the corner.

With that momentum. FOB-O kept chipping away at Kia Toa’s lead.

A second try to Waara and a try to Alex Hawira saw them draw level before Tom Stewart slotted what would ultimately be the match-winning penalty.

There was nothing close about Feilding Yellows’ 50-10 hammering of Te Kawau.

Yellows took their foot off the pedal after racing out to 40-10 lead at the break.

Josiah Maraku, Malua Iakapo, Nick Crosswell and Hayden Startford were all standouts for Yellows.

 A brace of tries to Sam Stewart was the bright sport for Te Kawau.

College OB 46 (James Tofa 2, Johnny Galloway, Cory Purton, Michael George, Awatere Kiwara, Stewart Cruden tries; Cruden pen, 4 con) OB-Marist 7 (Ben Werthmuller try; Jason Temara con) HT 8-7.

FOB-Oroua 27 (Shaquille Waara 2, Alex Hawira tries; Tom Stewart 3 con, 2 pen) Kia Toa 24 (Michael Lockwood, Fraser Stone, Alex Metekingi, Jackson Iose tries; Matt Maoate 2 con) HT 24-10.

Feilding 50 (Brad Carr 2, Hayden Stratford 2, Malua Iakopo 2, Griffin Culver, Joshua Maraku tries; Carr 5 con) Te Kawau 10 (Sam Stewart 2 tries) HT 40-5.

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