Away vs HSOB
Round 315th April 2017 - 2:45pm Venue : Bob Deans 1
Result : 41 - 20
Played Friday at Bob Deans 1: New Brighton 41 (Walter Huata 2, Ryan Newman, Aaron McCoy, Fili Waqainabete, Marcel Cummings-Toone, Carisbrook To’omalatai tries; Scott Davidson 3 conv) beat High School Old Boys 20 (Jarred Percival, Marc Gibbons tries; Percival 2 conv, 2 pen) HT: 24-10. Referee: James Munro. Sin-bins: Marcel Cummings-Toone, Tafesilafai Lalomilo (both New Brighton).
Wet weather rugby is about keeping it tight and wearing your opposition down by holding on to the ball for extended periods as you recycle the ball time and time again as you look for that vital infringement that helps you net valuable points.
Well at least that is how wet weather rugby is meant to be played, with that memo failing to reach New Brighton and High School Old Boys, who combined for a nine-try extravaganza in slushy conditions.
HSOB got off to a lightning start after they crossed through Jarred Percival in the opening minute as he won the race to the ball in the in-goal following a charge down of a New Brighton clearing kick.
While it was a dream start for the hosts, it proved to be the perfect wakeup call for New Brighton as they answered back with three tries in the next 20min to take control of the contest.
Their first came via a deft inside ball which saw Walter Huata slide over from close range before openside flanker Ryan Newman displayed the art of support running as he surged to the line from 20m out to give the seasiders a 14-7 lead.
When Aaron McCoy barged across from close range the game looked like it was getting away from Old Boys, but a Percival penalty kept them within striking distance.
It was short-lived, however, as New Brighton took a 14-point lead into oranges after a pin-point Scott Davidson cut-out ball found Fili Waqainabete who dived over out wide.
Percival added a penalty for HSOB early in the second half before New Brighton took a decisive 31-13 lead after 50min when Marcel Cummings-Toone barged over from a well worked drive.
Cummings-Toone went from hero to villain 3min later when he was sin-binned for a deliberate knock down as HSOB went onto attack.
Despite camping themselves in New Brighton’s 22m for long periods they could not crack an impressive defensive line and when New Brighton got an opportunity they took it with both hands after an Alisi Tupuailei break sent away Huata for his second.
Carisbrook To’omalatai crossed for New Brighton’s seventh try before Marc Gibbons helped HSOB bookend the try scoring when he crossed in the dying stages.
New Brighton’s midfield was an area of strength as second-five Huata crossed for two tries in a powerful display.
His support running gave him ample opportunities to hit the score sheet as he stalked his team-mates on numerous occasions.
Tupuailei made a number of strong runs from centre and his bust midway through the second half, where he ran 35m from within his own half, helped put away Huata.
Both midfielders were sound on defence in an impressive New Brighton defensive performance as they hunted together to hold out Old Boys time and time again in the second half.
Aaron McCoy was the talisman at the back of a strong pack effort which had the wood on HSOB’s front eight throughout. Lanky lock Ben Nelson reigned supreme in the lineouts, winning plenty of Brighton’s throws and disrupting many of the opposition.
For Old Boys, first-five Percival was a clear standout. He crossed for an early try and his kicking game was sound.
Hawkins Medal (MVP): Walter Huata (New Brighton) 3, Aaron McCoy (New Brighton) 2, Alisi Tupuailei (New Brighton) 1.