Home vs Burnside
Round 28th April 2017 - 2.45pm Venue : Rawhiti 1
Result : 43 - 3
NEW BRIGHTON v BURNSIDE New Brighton 43 (Ben Nelson, Alisi Tupuailei, Scott Davidson, Henare Faithfull, Fili Waqainabete, Nathan Ah Kee tries; Davidson 5 conv, pen) beat Burnside 3 (Ruberawiri Peina pen). HT: 17-3. Referee Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri.
New Brighton was dominant from start to finish, running in six tries to nil in the 43-3 drubbing of Burnside. They led 17-3 at the break despite playing into a strong easterly in the first 40min. Coach, Scott Pawson, was happy to “get one over” his old mentor Steve Ellis. Pawson was Ellis’ assistant for three years including the championship winning year of 2013. Pawson added that his team had worked “hard on defence” during the week and that showed. Burnside, winless in 2016, were coming off a hard-fought 39-34 win last week against University while New Brighton were beaten in a rematch of last year’s final 38-17. Pawson admitted to being “relieved to get that first win” under their belt after losing a couple of pre-season fixtures. New Brighton were especially strong at scrum and lineout time with locks Ben Nelson and Lucas Hill winning lineouts on the Burnside throw a number of times throughout the contest. At scrums New Brighton were strong, the addition of Crusader prop, Oliver Jager, at half-time just highlighting that fact. Burnside started well and had the majority of possession and territory in the early exchanges and were rewarded when Ruberawiri Peina put them in front with an early penalty. New Brighton were ahead on the 14min mark when Nelson crashed over next to the posts after they had been awarded a penalty 5m out. Then 10min later Davidson added to the lead kicking a regulation penalty 15m out right in front. On the half hour New Brighton were in for their second try when Alisi Tupuailei was on the end of a fantastic inside ball from Davidson and barged his way through four would be defenders to score next to the posts. After the break, New Brighton were clearly focused on playing football in the Burnside half. Davidson’s kicking game was brilliant using the wind and keeping his side well inside the attacking third. Davidson had a try 5m into the half after Hill won a lineout on Burnside’s throw 15m out from their own line. The ball came to Davidson who turned his defender inside and out to score 10m in from the right-hand touchline. Former Burnside player, Fili Waqainabete, was next to score after 54min. A dropped ball by Burnside on the 30m line was scooped up by Louis Harmon who gave the ball to his wing to sprint away untouched. Hill was again instrumental in his team’s next try after winning another lineout against the throw. The ball was spun through the backline and although Walter Huata was pulled down just 2m short of the try-line he managed to pop the ball to Tupuailei. His quick pass allowed Henare Faithfull to score one of the easiest tries he will ever get on 63min. New Brighton’s final try came with 5min to play after replacement hooker Nathan Ah Kee scored his second try in two matches when crashing over in the corner. Burnside were extremely lucky not to lose a player to the sin-bin or at least concede a penalty try after they conceded six penalties in 6min on their own line from scrums. Hill, a former NZ Breakers academy player, was a standout for New Brighton, winning a number of lineouts against the throw, two of which led to Brighton tries. Davidson was superb in the second half, using the wind to his advantage, scoring a try and kicking six from eight, including two fantastic sideline conversions in difficult conditions. Carisbrook To’omalatai, Ben Nelson and Aaron McCoy all had strong games for New Brighton. For Burnside, Rex Elisara made a couple of good breaks and No.8 James Gooding showed some good signs. Replacement Gerard Burke was good when he came on, running hard at the Brighton defence. Hawkins Medal (MVP): Lucas Hill (New Brighton) 3, Scott Davidson (New Brighton) 2, Carisbrook To’omalatai (New Brighton) 1.