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AccentDriveTeIrirangiDrMichaelJonesDriveAccentDriveTeIrirangiDrBishopDunnPlaceBealePlace Southern Motorway Howick / Pakuranga ANDREW SIMMS BOTANY EXPERIENCE ANDREW SIMMS USED VEHICLE CLEARANCE CENTRE NOW OPEN 124018-V11 IVAN AGNEW: The one-point winning margin in the second test against England showed how difficult it is going to be for the All Blacks to retain the Rugby World Cup next year. ➤ Page 19 Match tests Pak’s depth AN UNDER-strength Pakuranga United have lost their inaugural match against Auckland club rugby’s newest entity. In round 12 of the Alan McEvoy Shield last Saturday, Pakuranga went down 17-20 at home to Grammar TEC. Grammar TEC is the amalgamation of the Grammar Carlton and Teachers Eastern clubs. Missing from Pakuranga’s team were a number of first-choice players involved in the Blues 48-21 win over a Barbarians squad in Northland last Friday. With the new-look line-up, Pakuranga traded tries (Des Spooner, Hayden De Villiers) with Grammar TEC in the first half to go into the break locked at 14-all. In the second half, the boot of Gram- mar TEC’s Jono Hickey, brother of Blues’ five-eighth Simon Hickey, was the difference as he kicked two penalty goals from as many attempts, while Pakuranga missed one of theirs. Representative duties will tax Pakuranga again this weekend for their away match against Manu- kau Rovers, as Joe Edwards, Tom McCartney, Nick Smith and Mitchell Hunt have been named in the Blues team for the World Club 10s tournament in Singapore. DES SPOONER Times photo Daniel Silverton Hornets put on show for TV GAME FACE: Howick Hornets prop Aidan Howard, with ball in action against Northcote earlier this season, is Auckland Rugby League’s player of the week for round 10. Photo supplied / Graham Alderton By Daniel Silverton tHE Howick Hornets rugby league team’s fondness for the small screen looks set to con- tinue in 2014. As reported in the Times previ- ously, the Hornets have a fantas- tic record in matches featured in Maori Television’s coverage of the Appliance Shed Fox Memorial Shield. Dating back to 2010, Howick have lost just one regular season fixture that has been captured on camera and beamed into homes around the country. The trend was carried on last weekend, though the Hornets had to stage a fairy-tale comeback to overcome the Otahuhu Leopards at Paparoa Park. The home side started soundly and led 10-6 after 25 minutes through close-range tries to Aidan Howard and Terrence Phillips. However, three quick tries in 10 minutes to end the first half put Otahuhu up 22-10. “We didn’t do too much wrong in the first half,” says player-coach Zeb Luisi. “Otahuhu came out firing like we knew they would and they got a few tries from lucky kicks.” Going into the halftime break, Otahuhu’s young forwards had the upper hand over Howick’s veteran pack. But led by experienced heads such as props Tony Tuia and Howard and fellow player-coach Andrew Wharton, the Hornets flipped the script in the second half. “Tony is a personality to listen to, and he, Aidan and Andrew took it personally to up their own game and the boys followed,” says Luisi, who also improved his second half performance. “That’s the type of leaders they are, they stood up. Aidan got player of the round, but it could have gone to any of the forwards.” Howick came out stinging and second-rower Nick Wilson barged over to score in the 42nd minute. Otahuhu replied shortly after to lead 26-16, but Howick were play- ing with a desperation that belied their comfortable place in the top four at the halfway point of the competition. “We just had to put effort on effort for the 40 minutes,” says Luisi. “In the first half, we’d make the tackle but then the effort to get back in the defensive line wasn’t happening. “I told them if we can create as many good moments as we can, the second half will be a lot better than the first.” Luisi, Howard and wing Tyrone Tofilau added tries in the final quarter for the narrow 28-26 vic- tory, made closer by four unsuc- cessful conversion attempts. “In games against [competi- tion leaders] Pt Chevalier and Mt Albert, the missed kicks would be eight points we can really use,” says Luisi. “We have the character and we know we can perform, especially when we’re behind. “We can score points, it’s a mat- ter of getting in front and staying in front.” Howick (fourth, 14 points) take on Glenora (sixth, eight points) away in round 11 this Saturday.
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