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Rep Rugby: Poverty Bay vs Wanganui
Published: 24 Sep 2016 - - Author: David Ogilvie

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Another day at work for the Wanganui rugby team, and another victory in the Heartland Championship, this time against Poverty Bay in Gisborne, David Ogilvie reports:


A four-try haul by teenage wing Te Rangitira Waitokia headed Wanganui’s 52-30 win over Poverty Bay in Gisborne, enough to keep the side clear of South Canterbury in the competition heading into the final three round-robin matches, which start with Thames Valley at Cook Gardens this coming Saturday.

Waitokia finished his chances superbly, but had extra work to do a couple of times and showed himself a developing talent indeed.

It’s as well he is doing so, because veteran Cameron Crowley appears to have injured knee ligaments and adds to the list of outside backs unavailable. This led to Taranaki player Blake Hohaia, called in just yesterday, to play much of the game - and apparently quite well.

At least Fijian Michael Nabuliwaqa, back from injury, wasted very little time in getting back on the score sheet as well, while Simon Dibben could be available for selection this next game.

Poverty Bay put early pressure on Wanganui and led 14-8 after a half hour before Waitoki really got into gear.

Wanganui then went out to a 44-14 lead before running into the inevitable bad patch and facing potential problems at 44-30. But the boat was righted by a penalty to Irishman Steve Crosbie and the final try to lock Campbell Hart.

Thus it’s another five competition points.

Waitokia and forwards Hart, Gavin Thornbury, Viki Tofa and Peter Rowe all had huge games.


Steelform Wanganui 52 (Te Rangitira Waitokia 4, Michael Nabuliwaqa, Lindsay Horrocks, Campbell Hart tries; Steve Crosbie pen 4con) bt Poverty Bay 30 (scorers unavailable).

Other results:

South Canterbury 62 Thames Valley 16, Buller 54 East Coast 22, King Country 42 Horowhenua-Kapiti 18, Mid Canterbury 34 West Coast 22, Wairarapa-Bush 30 North Otago 14.

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