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Freestanding Stove $677 VERY LIMITED STOCKS THE APPLIANCE STORE THAT SAVES YOU MORE! 122127-V7 FOLLOW US ON IVAN AGNEW: It was an incredible rugby performance in which the All Blacks' accurate kicking game, magnificent defence and dazzling counter-attack under the inspired leadership of Kieran Read put France to the sword. ➤ Page 23 By DANIEL SILVERTON LOSING a coach, playmaker and top try scorer from a rug- by club’s premier team would normally spell a year of rank re- sults under the guise of rebuilding. Not so for Pakuranga United. In round 11 of Auckland premier club rugby at Cornwall Park last Saturday, Pakuranga beat reign- ing champions Grammar Carlton 18-13 to go top of the regular sea- son standings. Going into the match, Pakuranga was second on the table with eight wins, a draw and a loss. The record was arguably better than Gram- mar Carlton’s, whose seven wins and two losses but 10 bonus points ﬂattered to deceive them with the number one spot. Pakuranga’s position is even more impressive when consider- ing the personnel missing from the club this season. Former coach Paul Feeney has been replaced seamlessly by ex-player Pita Alatini, while ﬁrst- ﬁve and club rugby’s top points scorer in 2012, Tony Fenner, and the competition’s leading try scorer for the past two years, Jona Tuitoga, are also gone. “The boys are building a lot of self-belief at the moment,” Alatini told the Times. “They know they’ve worked hard all year and it’s just a mat- ter of carrying everything they’re doing in training onto the ﬁeld. “They’re amped and ready to go each time they get out there and the bigger the game, the more the boys are willing to stand up.” Fenner’s replacement in the 10 jersey, Sam Vaevae, and Tuitoga’s heir-apparent, winger Aula Silipa, combined for Pakuranga’s ﬁrst try last Saturday. Vaevae landed the conversion and a penalty to give the visitors a 10-0 halftime lead. Former Edgewater College pupil Vaevae is one of a number of pre- mier rugby newcom- ers in the Pakuranga squad, along with ﬂanker Tone Ng Shiu, three- quarter Chris Swain, fullback Nick Smith and centre Maia Solomon. “I’m stoked with all the young guys who are playing their ﬁrst year of premier rugby,” says Alatini. “It creates a culture in the team that regardless of whether you’re in your ﬁrst year or whatever, eve- ryone earns their right to be there. Once you’re in, we all work hard to get the right result.” Another Vaevae penalty and try to tackle-busting second-ﬁve Caleb Hall gave Pakuranga an 18-6 lead before a Grammar Carlton resurgence made it 18-13 with 10 minutes to go. “It put them right back in con- tention to win it,” says Alatini. “They got a roll on, but the boys held stern and the pressure told in the end.” While Pakuranga are riding high in ﬁrst place, their next opponents Ponsonby could burst the bubble like they did when the two sides last met. “We only have to think back to last year’s quarter-ﬁnals [won 19-12 by Ponies] to be reminded of how quickly we can be brought back down to Earth,” says Alatini. ■ Alan McEvoy Shield, round 11: Eden 27 Papatoetoe 27, University 50 Waitakere City 7, Maungarua 14 East Tamaki 11, Marist 37 Manukau Rovers 13, Ponsonby 22 Waitemata 5, Suburbs 27 Otahuhu 20. Standings: Pakuranga 43 Grammar Carlton 42 Suburbs 41 College Ri es 39 University 37 Marist 36 Ponsonby 35 Waitemata 32 Eden 25 Manukau 17 Papatoetoe, Otahuhu 16 Maungarua 8 Waitakere 6 East Tamaki 2. This Saturday, 2.45pm: Pakuranga v Ponsonby, Bell Park. Pakuranga rules club rugby PITA ALATINI CALEB HALL Times photos Wayne Martin Swarm win derby fight THE Botany Swarm are back-to-back winners for the ﬁrst time in this New Zealand Ice Hockey League season. The Swarm sent the West Auckland Admirals packing in both matches in NZIHL round four at Paradice Arena, Botany, last Saturday and Sunday to claim maximum competition points and derby bragging rights. The home side was coming off its ﬁrst regulation time win in the previous round against the Canterbury Red Devils, when import Mickey Rhodes scored four goals. Rhodes repeated the dose last Saturday in the Swarm’s 12-4 victory, after leading 4-2 and 9-3 at the breaks. Alexandr Polozov, Brandon Contratto and Josh Hay added two goals each and Richard Idoine and Evan Mackintosh contributed one apiece. The score was tighter in game two on Sunday as the sides were locked 2-2 after the ﬁrst period. The Swarm then converted four of seven powerplay chances into goals to go up 7-3. Botany all-time top scorer KC Ball, who brought up 100 games with the franchise last round, netted the ﬁnal goal in the 8-4 victory. The results lift Botany to a share of ﬁrst place in the ﬁve- team league having played two extra games. The Swarm have the bye this round before taking on Southern Stampede in Queenstown on June 28-29.
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