Home vs Belfast
Round 66th May 2017 - 2.45 Venue : Rawhiti 1
Result : 42 - 7
At Rawhiti Domain: New Brighton 42 (Ben Nelson, Louis Harmon, Henare Faithfull, Carisbrook To’omalatai, Rawiri Karena tries; Scott Davidson 3 conv, 3 pen; James Mangin conv) beat Belfast 7 (Jarel Hemahema try, conv). HT: 14-7. Referee: Blair Barclay. Sin-bin: Scott Powell (New Brighton).
New Brighton continued their good run of form defeating the Belfast Cobras on “Club Day” at Rawhiti Domain. The Hawkins Cup holders made it five on the trot with the 42-7 victory. It might seem as though it was easy for the New Brighton but for 70min it was a fairly even contest. The difference was the first 10min of the second half where the home side ran in three of their five tries to all but kill off the contest. New Brighton coach Scott Pawson would have been happy that his charges managed to keep leading try-scorer Sireli Kacilala quiet. The Fijian flyer has seven tries in just six matches for the Cobras. The first half was a tight battle where the defence of both sides came out on top. Scott Davidson kicked two early penalties for the home side before Belfast scored the first try after 8min. Amenatave Tukane made a strong run towards the New Brighton goal-line, drawing in a couple of tackles before giving a perfect ball on the chest for Jarel Hemahema to score under the posts. New Brighton had their first try after 24min when Ben Nelson came up with the ball after a well worked lineout from 5m. Davidson added a third penalty right on half-time to give the seasiders a 14-7 lead at the break. New Brighton were a completely different side in the first 10min of the second spell. Carisbrook To’omalatai and Louis Harmon had tries in the first 7min of the half as the forwards began to dominate their Belfast counterparts. Fullback Henare Faithfull then scored the bonus-point try after Belfast dropped the ball 40m out from their own line. Faithfull kicked the ball forward where it pulled up just before the dead-ball line and he beat two defenders to score and extend the lead to 21 points. When Rawiri Karena crossed with 20min to play it seemed as though New Brighton would run up a cricket score, but Belfast managed to keep their hosts at bay for the final quarter. New Brighton’s forward pack was impressive with Louis Harmon standing out. The No.8 played the full 80min, scoring a try and creating a number of turnovers. New recruit and former Australian Schoolboys and U20s player, Feleti Kaitu’u, was another one to standout again for New Brighton. He hit the advantage line strongly and made plenty of tackles. His 35m run in the first half also led to the try that gave his side the lead at the break. Belfast centre Moeaki Havea broke tackles in midfield on two or three occasions and lock Amenatave Tukana also had a good game setting up his side’s only try.
Hawkins Medal (MVP): Louis Harmon (New Brighton) 3, Feleti Kaitu’u (New Brighton) 2, Moeaki Havea (Belfast) 1