COB in striking distance of Jubilee Cup
College Old Boys have one hand on the Jubilee Cup with two weeks to play in the first round of McDonalds Manawatu Senior One Club Rugby.
After their 52-0 win over Freyberg in week seven, the sole unbeaten club in the competition needs just one bonus point against Feilding Yellows to secure their first piece of silverware for the season.
It has been a near-perfect for COB with a points differential more than 100 points clear of their nearest rival and four-try bonus points in all but one match.
Their win over Freyberg was far from as convincing as some of their previous efforts.
Freyberg scrambled admirably on defence to keep COB scoreless for the first 25 minutes.
But once the defensive line was breached by Jared Goodson, there was a constant stream of tries.
James Tofa, like he has for much of the first round of the competition, terrorised the Freyberg defenders with his power and pace. He was involved in four of his side’s seven tries, including crossing for the final one himself.
Tofa was not COB’s sole attacking weapon with Andre Taylor, Willie Paia’aua and Patrick Tafili-Reid all proving dangerous.
James Koloto was also a standout, while Tom Finlay was the best for Freyberg.
Feilding Old Boys-Oroua sent Old Boys-Marist packing with a 54-17 hammering marred by a first-half red card to OBM prop Josh Greer.
The prop was sent for an early showering for spitting during an altercation after a scrum in the 34th minute.
At the time, FOB-Oroua were already in the driver’s seat with a 21-10 lead and with a man-advantage, they heaped on 33 second half points.
OBM did not help their cause with some poor handling and their persistent refusal to kick for touch when inside their own 22.
The competition’s leading try scorer Shaq Waara continued his form bagging a brace of tries.
Flanker Nardus Eramus, who was involved in the incident with Greer, was a standout, while Tyler Moeau and Layton Manuel also impressed.
Chris Long and Chris Cairns were the top performers for OBM.
Feilding Yellows locked in their spot in second on the ladder with an unconvincing 31-13 win over Varsity.
Neither team turned on performances that would intimidate their opposition, but it was a good enough for them to secure the win.
At 17-13 at halftime, it was really anyone’s game and Yellows dug in with a workman-like effort up front to pull away in the second half, with both of their tries catching the Sky Blues napping out wide.
With the match ticking away, Te Rangatira Waitokia cost his side seven-points and a late charge are a bonus point when he slowed up on an 80m break which allowed a flying Drew Wild to push him into touch just short of the line.
Yellows’ best was Nick Crosswell, while Harry Jones also impressed. Mickey Woolliams was the best of the Varsity XV.
Kia Toa banked a much-needed 47-7 win over Te Kawau.
But it was another performance that has Kia Toa’s playoff credentials looking sketchy.
Kia Toa lead 14-0 at the break but found some energy in the second 40 to pull away.
Keaton Kawana, Lifieimi Mafi and Bethel Fauolo were the bright spots for Kia Toa, all looking dangerous.
Sam Stewart was once again the best on show for Te Kawau, bagging a late try before being blue carded after a head knock.
FOB-Oroua 54 (Shaq Waara 2, Rob Ratana, Alex Hawira, Blair Osborne, Max Fryatt, Paul Rakatau-Wiperi, Tyler Moeau tries; Tom Stewart 5 con, Layton Manuel 2 con) OB-Marist 17 (Jeremy Dobson, Will Treder, Ben Werthmuller tries; Hayden Hill con) HT 21-10.
Feilding 31 (Griffin Culver, Malua Iakopu, Harry Jones tries; Brad Carr 4 pen, 2 con) Varsity 13 (Conor McLean try; Scott Davidson 2 pen, con) HT 17-13.
COB 52 (Andre Taylor 2, Willie Paia’aua 2, Gene Syminton, Jared Goodson, James Tofa, Patrick Tafili-Reid tries; Taylor 2 con, Stewart Cruden 2 con) Freyberg 0 HT 19-0.
Kia Toa 47 (Keaton Kawana 2, Fraser Stone, Bethel Fauolo, Lifeimi Mafi, Jeremiah Fryer, Moleli Mauola tries; Kawana 5 con, Warwick Price con) Te Kawau 7 (Sam Stewart try; Mike Flett con) HT 14-0.