OBM, COB unbeaten streaks continue
Experienced faces in the forward pack shone through for Old Boys-Marist as they romped home in the second half to beat Varsity 46-19 in week four of McDonald’s Manawatu Senior One Club Rugby.
The match highlighted the importance of the likes of Rhys Pedersen and Chris Long to the OBM forward pack. Both missed most of last season and they were worse off without their communication and organisation.
Pedersen added an extra dose of enthusiasm to OBM pack who were visablly charged up and ready to send a message to the Sky Blues.
Varsity had 10 minutes of dominance before OBM wrestled control of the match.
Korie Winters and Dylan Hall, two young players who asserted themselves strongly on the match, scored tries for a 12-0 lead, the second coming when centre Shadyn Osgood was yellow carded for a high shot on Jacob Milan.
But OBM’s reply was slick.
Their second try, scored by Cam Black, was an early contender for try of the season coming from a scrum 25 metres from their own tryline and featuring seven passes to complete a beautifully timed attack down the blindside.
OBM’s determination to pile on the points stung them just before the halftime whistle.
Instead of taking the break they continued to push for a try. Five minutes into referee’s time, it was Varsity’s Nick Birchfield claiming the spoils and closing the gap to 22-19.
But any thoughts of a Varsity comeback were quickly put to bed.
Tries to Pedersen, Ruawai and Treder put the match to bed, Ruawai’s effort coming from a push-over scrum try after Varsity lost halfback Ben McColgan to a yellow card for a professional foul.
College Old Boys continued their irresistible form with a 68-0 win over Te Kawau.
It was another classy performance from COB who completely dominated the game, despite resting a host of players.
Stewart Cruden turned on a top performance from the No 10 jersey, while Andrew McDougall relished the open running room he had playing at second five-eighth.
Zane Rangi and James Kaloto and Gene Syminton were the shining lights in the forward pack.
COB were persistent throughout the match, leading 35-0 at the break and adding 33 further points in the second stanza with the likes of James Tofa proving damaging off the bench.
Te Kawau plugged away but their poor handling and inability to control the breakdown meant they were at the mercy of the COB juggernaut.
Through four games, COB have made the perfect start with four wins, three bonus points and the most points for in the competition.
But their attack is their second most impressive aspect.
Defensively, COB have conceded just five points in four weeks – those points coming early in the first half of the season opener against Linton Army from an intercept.
In 320 minutes, including 160 minutes against genuine title contenders Kia Toa and Varsity, to concede just one try is a remarkable effort.
The next best defensive record is FOB-Oroua with 47 points, but that has come from one fewer matches since they have already had the bye.
Feilding Yellows eventually put away Linton Army 48-0.
Resting a host of front-liners, Yellows managed just two first half tries against a Linton side who were battling with the prospect of forfeiting due to limited player numbers leading into the game.
The blokes who did don the jersey turned on a brave effort and benefited from Yellows’ unforced errors.
As the second half kicked off, Yellows’ passes began to stick and they were aided by being able to call on quality players like Harry Jones, Ben Wyness and Josiah Maraku off the bench as they piled on the points.
Feilding Old Boys-Oroua barely shifted out of second gear as they dispatched Freyberg 54-10.
Flanker Nardus Eramus bagged a hat-trick, while Shaq Waara scored a double during a 40-0 first half thumping.
From there, the Stags took their foot off the gas as they battled out the remaining 40 minutes 14-10.
Prop Isaac Tupa’i gave Freyberg fans something to cheer about in the second half as he steam-rolled FOB-Oroua halfback Tom Stewart, then spun out of a tackle from Ollie Brosnahan before dragging the remaining two defenders over the tryline.
Feilding 48 (Zane Dallinger, Hayden Stratford, Tila Leota, Malua Iakopo, Josiah Maraku, Michael Ioane, Drew Wild, Brad Carr tries; Brad Carr 4 con) Linton Army 0 HT 12-0.
OB-Marist 46 (Chris Long, Josh Greer, Chris Cairns, Rhys Pedersen, Matene Ruawai, Cam Black, Will Treder tries; Sam Stewart 2, Jason Temara 2 cons; Temara pen) Varsity 19 (Korie Winters, Nick Birchfield, Dylan Hall tries; Birchfield 2 con) HT 22-19.
Feilding OB-Oroua 54 (Nardus Erasmus 3, Shaquille Waara 2, Shai Wiperi, Layton Manuel, Blair Osborne, tries; Tom Stewart 7 con) Freyberg 10 (Isaac Tupa’i, Raki Fangatua tries) HT 40-0.
College OB 68 (Andrew McDougall 3, Gene Syminton, Nathaniel Payton, Stewart Cruden, Patrick Tafili-Reid, James Tofa, Michael Walsh, Jahlon Governor tries; Cruden 6, Governor 3 cons) Te Kawau 0 HT 35-0.