Ngaru Roa bags last top four spot
The semi finals for the Mangonui senior competition have now been found after week 14 of the competition was played in overcast, occasional rain but moderate temperatures on Saturday.Kaitaia will host Ngaru Roa in a repeat of last Saturday match, while Eastern hosts Te Rarawa in the archetypal West vs East, the el classico of Far North rugby.Ngaru Roa 7 Kaitaia 10 (ht 7 0): Kaitaia came back to narrowly avoid an upset in Panguru with a repeat of the clash taking place as a major top four semifinal but in Kaitaia this coming Saturday.Ngaru Roa led for much of this final round 14 game with Kaitaia pulling it back to 7 3 through a Jordan Karena penalty shortly after halftime before a late try to prop Tom Murray (POTD) which Karena converted gave the result for the 2010 champions.Kaitaia coach Joe Pomare said it was a bit wet at Panguru but well playable and said he was pretty mellow at the halftime chat with the visitors trailing: “Stay composed and the opportunities will come. It was really good, just started getting on the top of them. It was good, needed a good bash up.Awesome game, massive support. Really good grassroots rugby. Really good discipline, Panguru put it on, we had refs, we had touchies all wired up. Security was there.”Ngaru Roa Sean Herbert was rapt with the result, noting the outcome was a major confidence booster for his side in heading into the finals with the knowledge they had as the new team on the block nearly pushed this year form team to the limit.”We were absolutely stoked. Just the meanest game. Our boys gave it their all.”Try by Hokianga, conv by Connor Whitley Sua, with standouts being Ambrose Adams (in the backs) and Jonno Beazley (forwards).Looking forward to next week showdown, Herbert said everyone was armed and ready. He remembered the day the two sides had met in a friendly at the start of the season, a match Kaitaia had won convincingly.”If it like our first game, it be our last. So we will just play Louboutin Outlet as hard as we can. It on!”Ngati Kuri 10 Te Rarawa 25 (ht 15 3): Te Rarawa won comfortably in Te Hapua to finish the season in third place on the standings, and preparing to face arch rivals in Taipa in the Louboutin Outlet second of the top four semis this Saturday.In usual form, Te Rarawa captain Tom Rogers said it was a good hard game but proceedings got a “bit heated for five minutes or so” at one stage. He also acknowledged the side loyal supporters who did a good job of filling the team bus for the big trip north.Tries by Thomas Rogers, Vance Pure, Aaron Graham, Johnny Patrick with Tory Te Paa kicking a penalty and conversion; standout player award given to the whole team. Ngati Kuri Dwayne Golley described it as a good game, and said the visitors played well and deserved to win: “They brought their game.” Jordan Brown scored all the homeside points, a try, conversion and penalty; with standouts noted as being prop Sedman Conrad and Taylor Waenga in the backs.Aupouri 7 Motukohu 10: Motukohu would have left Te Kao feeling like they had won the battle but lost the war after news came through the Hokianga side had missed out on the remaining top four playoff spot to cousins Ngaru Roa on countback. Tries by James Dean (the centre getting a POTD award) with Miha Te Uruti converting and adding a penalty.Aupouri Johnny Everitt said the scoreline on Saturday was ample evidence both teams had gone into the match determined to win.”Awesome game, we just couldn finish the season with a win. Well reffed by Mat [Radich].”Try by Quintin Nathan, converted by Russell Nathan, while standouts were Clinton White and Joe Oneroa in forwards, and Aaron Munroe in the backs.Eastern 92 Waipapakauri Awanui 0: Eastern coach Mike Jurlina was almost apologetic about recording the biggest scoreline in Mangonui rugby this season in a one sided affair at Taipa.”All Louboutin Outlet we really wanted was a win to seal a home semi but the score blew out. I suppose it was a chance for us to cut loose and throw the ball around spectators loved it. But the reality was Awanui Waipap started with only 14 players and finished with less, so deserve credit for fronting in what been a tough year for them.While our boys had a good day, nobody kidding themselves about the result and our focus, as soon as we got back into the sheds, was next week against Rarawa who are undefeated this year and are the reigning champs. There a good buzz in the club this year and the players are up for it.”Tries Nick Jurlina 4, Dan Field 3, John Butler, Lance Brockbank, Leon Albert, Taka Albert, Josh Robson (and 11 conv), Shay Carey, Lance Urlich.Waipap Awanui, meanwhile, are now unlikely to play the bottom four semi final against Ngati Kuri this Saturday: a hapless season finally over for the collaboration and difficult to imagine coach Wihi Stevenson will be anyt Louboutin Outlet hing other than relieved. He just wanted to thank those players who had put their hands up “all the way” during the season, and hoped a team or teams would regain some mojo over summer and return to the Mangonui competition the stronger for the experience this year.