Rep Rugby Report: 6th August

Manawatu Rugby sides took to the fields on Saturday 6th August.

The Representative season commenced with some mixed results for Manawatu sides

Manawatu Cyclones v Otago

On a day when the weather could have turn the game into a dull affair both the Manawatu Cyclones and Otago Spirit turn up to play, in a tight first half the Cyclones went into the back with 8 nil lead.. A solid performance up front at lineout and scrum time set up a good platform for the backs to use the ball they were getting thus enabling Selica Winiata to score a hit trick of tries, coming off the bench Nicci Kuiti also scored  with a good barging try all topped off with the boot of Krysten Duffill add the extra point with two penalties and three conversion. For seventy five minutes Otago never look like getting through the Cyclones defensive it was only a late try that spoilt what would have put the Cyclones on top of the table for the opening round of the "Mitre10 Farah Palmer Cup".

Half time Manawatu 8 Otago 0

Full time Manawatu 32 Otago 5

Points scores (Tries - Selica Winiata 3, Nicci Kuiti; con Krysten Duffill 3, pen 2)

Manawatu Under 19 v Wanganui Development

The Manawatu Under 19 side had to endure the cold wind out at Bulls Domain but were fortunate enough to be playing on one of the best fields in the region at the time, the river based Bulls Domain allowed for free flowing rugby, however the rain and wind did not help. Manaawatu in their first hit out were minus some Colts players still playing semi finals, however Varsity lock Ian Burmeister and COB outside back Tyla McNeill both dotted down. Chris Cairns led well from hooker with Jeremy Dobson also in the thick of it at No.8. The physicality from the Manawatu players was exceptional at times against a bigger Wanganui side, Manawatu broke the line a number of times however handling errors meant that tires went begging. A pleaseing first hit out against a big Wanganui Development side and a strong build in to the campaign.

Full Time: 10-19 Tries: I Burmeister, T McNeill

Manawatu Under 12 v Western Bays

The Manawatu Under 12 side had their second hit out against Western Bays of Wellington at Victoria Park, Feilding, although the field was soft, the side showed great skill in the wet on attack and the ball handling was exceptional. Although the scrum struggled at stages throughout the game when the backs got good go forward ball the side looked threatening. Henry Stewart lead well inthe forward pack, with Mosese Palelei also having a strong game. A good result for Manawatu on the back of a close win over the Southern Ross Brown side from Taranaki the week prior.

Manawatu 41-10 Western Bays Tries: H Stewart 2, L Stevenson, A Tairea Thompson, A Lyver, M Palelei, C Thompson; C Smith 4 con