Code results: PURC go down, Hornets win

Pakuranga suffered their first defeat of the season to Ponsonby at Bell Park, going down 41-20.

Director of Rugby Pita Alatini lamented the loss, putting it down to missed penalties and lineout turnovers on attack.

Alatini added that Ponsonby “were clinical, and capitalised on our errors, and finished well”.

But he said he is grateful it is only week three of the competition allowing plenty of time for work-ons at training this week.

Des Spooner was awarded PURC player of the day.

In league, Howick Hornets got back in the winner’s circle after eventually downing the Glenora Bears 22-20 in Glen Eden.

Sixteen unanswered points inside the final 20 minutes saw Howick secure a last-gasp victory over the Bears to pick up their first win of the year.

Glenora led 10-6 at the break and looked set to go on for victory when they stretched their advantage to 20-6 inside the final quarter. A late Tayhler Paora try and Drew Radich conversion sealed the come-from-behind victory for the defending champions, handing Glenora their first loss of 2020.

Pakuranga was on the receiving end of a 23-0 drubbing at the hands of the Otara Scorpions.

Otara proved too strong for Pakuranga in the shutout victory at Ngati Otara Park, making it three wins from as many games in 2020.