Colts match update
It was a successful club day for the New Brighton Rugby Club at Rawhiti Domain on Saturday with all five senior sides recording victories, the Senior’s and Division Two sides remaining unbeaten. The Brighton Premier Colts side took University to school with a 48-5 victory to go within a single point of Lincoln University at the summit of the competition after six rounds. Jordan Topai-Aveai smashed his way through the University defence to score three tries, Zayne Puata, Jacob Sutton, Luke Ellis and Dan Fransen all dotted down as well with Scott Allin kicking a penalty and five conversions. Sam Domnelly replied for the students with their only points.
The early exchanges were tight before a dropped ball by University inside their 40 was scooped up and ball went wide to Puata who dotted down in the corner. A bust straight from the kick off by Ramon McFarlane put New Brighton back on attack which led to a penalty where Allin was able to extend the lead. The Brighton forwards began to assert their dominance and so did Topai-Aveai smashing though the University midfield twice in a matter of minutes to put the seasiders in a commanding 22-0 half time lead. The credit for Topai-Aveai’s second try belonged to first five Terewa Tamihana who gave an excellent short ball after drawing defenders in. The second half started where the first ended when Allin made a break to set up Jacob Sutton. Allin converted the bonus point try to make the score 29-0. Midway through the second spell Topai-Aveai had his hat trick when he again busted through a non-existent University defence. The Brighton coaches rung the changes for the final quarter. The visitors scored their consolation try with ten minutes to go through Domnelly after a patient build up. Brighton then added two more tries through Ellis and reserve, Fransen to come two points within the half century.
Christchurch defeated competition leaders Lincoln University 18-17. Burnside and Marist Albion were due to play but no result had yet been recorded. Sydenham defeated Shirley 22-0 and HSOB held off Sumner 36-27
NEW BRIGHTON 48 (Jordan Topai-Aveai 3, Zayne Puata, Jacob Sutton, Luke Ellis, Dan Fransen TRIES, Scott Allin 5 con, 1 pen) UNIVERSITY 5 (Sam Domnelly TRY)