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27th May: Club Rugby Report & Results
Published: 27 May 2017 - - Author: David Ogilvie

Border came from behind to put away a strong early Ruapehu challenge today, thus retaining its Wanganui premier rugby lead. At Spriggens Park, Marist’s Cameron Crowley had a memorable day.

David Ogilvie reports:

Border came home strongly late to put Ruapehu away at Waverley. After being 12-5 down around the halftime period, Border clamped Ruapehu to that score of 12 and went to 36 itself.

Speedy Harry Symes led the way with a tryscoring double, with fellow outside backs Isaiah Hooper and Nick Harding, and Fijian lock Sekonia Kalou also scoring and adding to Border’s score.

Ruapehu led 12-5 at halftime and was outscored 31-0 in a very impressive second half blitz.

Pirates retained second position with a convincing 38-5 win over Ngamatpouri, at that enue. Pirates led 12-5 at halftime and no other facts are available.

In town, it was a one-man show in many ways.

Marist winger Cameron Crowley has missed several weeks with injury, something that has cursed his career. But if he can keep in shape from now on, we’re in for some thrills.

The former New Zealand Heartland Player of the Year donated his first “try” against Utiku to supporting team-mate Steelie Koro, but by the end of the 54-7 win he had three more in a remarkably busy performance marked by superb skills.

It was an inspiration to his Marist team-mates, who had let themselves down last week in the loss to Pirates. The general performance - albeit against a lesser opponent - was much more assured and skilful. Indeed it could scarcely not be, considering the outstanding level reached by Crowley.

Others to shine included former South Canterbury rep Taione Ratu, in his first start at lock for Marist, tighthead prop Viki Tofa, No 8 Ryan Gill and first-five Sean Brown with smart service and good goalkicking.

Marist thus goes into its 100th celebration next weekend in goos shape.

Taihape had too much finesse for Ratana in the final game, winning 45-14 to push to 33 championship points and the chance to still qualify in the top four.

Results:

Premier:

Marist 54 (Cameron Crowley 3, Ryan Gill 2, Marek Willis, Lake Ah Chong, Steelie Koro tries; Sean Brown 7con) bt Utiku 7 (Matt Crawford try; Ra Broughton con).

Border 36 (Harry Symes 2, Nick Harding, Isaiah Hooper, Sekonia Kalou tries; Harding 4con, pen) bt Ruapehu 12 (Shaquille Waara, Jamie Hughe tries; Cruz Pene con).

Taihape 45 (Paora McCarthy 2, Terangi Tapu McLeod 2, Matt Brown, Michael Conlon, Jack Kinder tries; Dane Whal con) bt Ratana 14 (no scorers available).

Pirates 38 Ngamatapouri 5 (no scorers available).

Points: Border 45, Pirates 40, Marist 38,  Ruapehu and Taihape 33, Ngamatapouri 24, Kaierau and Utiku 11, Ratana 1.

Senior:

Celtic 37 Taihape 17, Marton 39 Ruapehu 12, Kaierau 17 Countes 4, Hunterville 34 Piraters 7.

Points: Marton 50, Hunterville 41, Pirates 39, Celtic 33, Counties 32, Taihape 23, Border 22, Ruapehu 19, Kaierau 1, Buffalos 7.

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