Home vs Marist Albion
Round 820th May 2017 - 2.45 Venue : Rawhiti 1
Result : 43 - 14
At Rawhiti Domain: New Brighton 43 (John Vili 2, Feleti Kaitu’u 2, Lukas Stringer, Henare Faithfull, Stefan Moir tries; Scott Davidson 4 conv) beat Marist Albion 14 (Charlie Grimes, James Kellow tries; Reilly Cormack 2 conv). HT: 26-0. Sin-bin: Matthew Morrison (Marist Albion), Feleti Kaitu’u (New Brighton) Sent Off: Tom Taia (New Brighton). Referee: James Munro.
Had Marist Albion played the first 50min of this match how they played the last 15min it would have been a good contest. However, they didn’t and the game was all but over by half-time. Trailing 38-nil, Marist Albion then outscored their hosts 14-5 in the final quarter, but the damage had already been done after a dominant first-half performance by the seasiders saw them lead 26-0 with a bonus point already in the bank. At scrum time Marist Albion were impressive, matching it with the New Brighton pack, but when the ball got to the backs they seemed to lack vision and structure. New Brighton, playing into the wind, opted to keep the ball in hand and were rewarded with two tries to impressive hooker Feleti Kaitu’u within the first 15min. Vili had his first try on the half hour following a good 35m run by Fili Waqainabete. The sin-binning of Marist Albion hooker, Matthew Morrison, 2min before half-time proved costly with New Brighton taking immediate advantage. From the 5m lineout, Kaitu’u went close to scoring his third try before being dragged down. The next phase saw Lukas Stringer dive over for his first senior try in just his second match after making his debut in last weekend’s loss to Sydenham. Two more tries for New Brighton early in the second half would not have helped Morrison’s mood much. He had watched his side concede 17 points while he was off the field. Marist Albion got some joy with 15min to play when Charlie Grimes kept his composure to score under the posts after getting a good bounce. An intercept 5min later from Stefan Moir, playing his 50th game, took New Brighton past 40 points after he ran 60m to score. With 2min to play, replacement Tom Taia was sent off giving Marist Albion a man advantage in the forwards and they capitalised with flanker James Kellow crossing right on full-time. Prop Carisbrook To’omalatai was impressive once again for New Brighton. He continually crossed the advantage line and made plenty of tackles. Although he didn’t score himself he was heavily involved in two tries. Walter Huata and Waqainabete also had strong games in midfield for the seasiders. Kaitu’u again showed his experience and played a very good 50min. For Marist Albion, Kellow had a good match in a losing side. He was responsible for a couple of turnovers, had a high work-rate, and deserved his try.
Hawkins Medal (MVP): Carisbrook To’omalatai (New Brighton) 3, Fili Waqainabete (New Brighton) 2, James Kellow (Marist Albion) 1.