Pakuranga nails strong win

Pakuranga United Rugby Club’s premiers recorded a credible 32-20 win over a dangerous East Tamaki side at the weekend.

The win places PURC on the top of the competition alongside University.

Pita Alatini, the premiers coach and PURC’s director of rugby, is pleased with the result which secured five points and puts the prems in a good frame to be in the top eight for the next round.

“This East Tamaki team is one to watch out for,” he said.

“They play a well-structured game plan as we found out in the first 20 minutes when we were 13-0 down.

“We fought back to secure the game but we made it hard for ourselves through our unforced errors.

“We will address those issues this week before we head to Orakei to play Grammar Tech this weekend. It’s going to be a tough grind as they were heavily defeated by University.”

Club results
Premiers (32) vs East Tamaki (20) @ Bell Park, 2.45pm – Try Scorers: Sam Vaevae, Sam Shearer, Lino Tiatia, Sam Prattley. Conversions: Rupert van der Pol x3. Penalties: Rupert van der Pol x2. Player of the Day: Lino Tiatia.
Premier Development (51) vs East Tamaki (14) @ Bell Park, 1.00pm – Try Scorers: Paula Maama, Aula Silipa, TJ Meleisea x2, Mosese Halahuni x3, Will Rew, Jonothan Pearce. Conversions: Cameron James x3. Player of the Day: Cruise Tito.
Under 20s (17) vs East Tamaki (24) @ LEP 6, 1.00pm – Try Scorers: Rajal Sharma. Penalties: Obey Samate x4. Player of the Day: Hausia Vaiangina.
First Grade (10) vs Papatoetoe (0) @ Papatoetoe, 2.45pm – Try Scorers: Shaun Cross. Conversions: Sean Robb. Penalties: Sean Robb. Player of the Day: Zac McKavanagh.
Taipans (61) vs College Rifle Shooters (8) @ College Rifles, 1pm – Try Scorers: Andrew Turner, James MacKinder, Dylan Campbell, Logan Kinnear, Liam Crowe, Jamie Petford x2, Daniel Devane, Ryan White. Conversions: Andrew Turner x8. Player of the Day: Logan Kinnear.
Auckland Premier Rugby Results – Round 5
Suburbs 21 (T Yandall, L Visinia, M Keresoma tries, C Perry 3 con)
Eden 16 (N Napaa try, R Costa con, R Costa 2, M Leana pen) Halftime: 14-13
Ponsonby 68 (S Perofeta 3, F Vaha’akolo 2, W Waitohi, K Masina, J Trainor, T Fox-Matamua, P Collier tries, W Talataina-Mu 9 con)
Otahuhu 10 (M Kapeli tries, T Tavae con, T Tavae pen) Halftime: 19-3
University 67 (B Helleur 2, M King 2, M Jones 2, U Fetalaiga, F Cain, C McCowan tries, T Elkington-MacDonald 6, T Morton 2 con, T Elkington MacDonald 2 pen)
Grammar Tec 15 (M Lam, F Teutau tries, H Plummer con, H Plummer pen) Halftime: 29-3
Marist 30 (S Rayasi 4, D Afamasaga tries, J Saena con, J Saena pen)
Waitakere 16 (C Valentine, B Afamasaga tries, L Malaefono 2 pen) Halftime: 20-13
Manukau 57 (Penalty tries 3, C Fonoti, A Langoia, B Motuliki, S Tuihalangingie, T Tia, S Tongotongo tries, N Vi, C Fonoti, B Motuliki con)
Mt Wellington 6 (L Fosita 2 pen) Halftime: 17-6
Papatoetoe 33 (O Williams 2, D Leuila, T Iese, J Kurisaqila tries, D Leuila 4 con)
Waitemata 24 (F Tavita 2,  M Qiolevu, M Ozich tries, K Siemensen 2 con) Halftime: 14-7
Pakuranga 32 (S Vaevae, S Shearer, L Tiatia, S Prattley tries, R Van Der Pol 3 con, R Van Der Pol 2 pen)
East Tamaki 20 (S Taufa, G Crichton tries, T Iosua 2 con, T Iosua 2 pen) Halftime: 21-13
College Rifles – BYE

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