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Date: 13 October
Opposition: Hawkes Bay
Full-time Score: 19 (NH) 16 (Hawkes Bay)
Date: 6 October
Full-time Score: 46 (NH) 7 (Northland)
Date: 29 September
Venue: Silverdale RFC
Half-time Score: 19 (NH) 19 (Waikato)
Full-time Score: 30 (NH) 24 (Waikato)
Point Scorers: Peeni'atu Likio (3), Glenn Preston (2) tries; Rodrigo Cpsta 1 con and 1 pen.
What a day Saturday was, the sun was shining, and the hibiscus coast put on a great day for what turned out to be a North Harbour day of fine Rugby. The U16 opened the day with a great curtain raiser. They had a good win over Waikato U16. On completion we went to work against a fired up Waikato U20 squad. The first 20 min was an arm wrestle up front, with both Harbour and Waikato making positive gains with the ball in hand. Waikato was initially the dominant side at the breakdown with some good turn over ball. After a period of defending Harbour received a penalty and started to build pressure and finally broke the Waikato line of defence to score a try through Peeni’Atu Lukio 23 min in first half. Unconverted Waikato came back to score 28 min in through a good back line move with the 2nd five (Chris Johnson) breaking the line to score. The conversion was successful by Waikato captain (Wharenui Hawera).33 min in Waikato received a penalty for a collapsed scrum. Wharenui again converted. 35 min in Harbour with go forward ball off loaded to Glen Preston who broke the Waikato line to score, unconverted, half time score 10 all.
The second half was as intense as the first with Waikato scoring first through their backs, with the try converted, Harbour regrouped and replied with a great set piece, putting Peeni’Atu Lukio into the corner for a well executed try. Unconverted. Harbour continued to build the pressure and again Peeni’Atu received a good pass and with brilliant individual skill scored in the corner, again unconverted. With 5 min to go until full time Waikato came at Harbour and scored a try which was converted. Score 24/23 to Waikato. The last 5 minutes where intense to say the least. Harbour received the kick off and started to build pressure and drove Waikato into Harbour territory. With 2 min to go Harbour received the throw into a lineout, with the option to put a short lineout up, the thoughts going through the coaches heads were interesting to say the least. Of course the intentions would have been to receive and drive, but the calm head of Glen Preston set the move, and from the throw Glen received the ball on the 5 mtr line, 5 out from the try line and drove over the line to score. Rodrigo Costa converted.
Final score 30/24 to Harbour and that secured the Northern Regional title for 2012. Champions for the first time in the history of the competition. Well done Team. Two games to go.
Date: 22 September
Venue: Western Springs
Half-time Score: 16 (NH) 9 (Auckland)
Full-time Score: 22 (NH) 22 (Auckland)
Point Scorers: Mathew Howling try; Rodrigo Costa 1 con, 5 pen.
As the battle of the bridge was started, the crowds warmed to the occasion. A great turn out at Western Springs.
A fired up
With 2 minutes to go until the half time whistle, Harbour received a penalty for offside, With the distance to far for Rodrigo, the decision was made to go for the lineout and build an attack from there. Head Coach, Greg Aldous called a maul move and the team responded. 20 mtrs out from our line Harbour took the ball into a maul and drove
The second half was less productive for the Harbour team, especially the first 20 minutes. It was a slow start and
Date: 15 September
Opposition: Counties Manukau
Half-time Score: 19 (NH) 0 (Counties)
Full-time Score: 33 (NH) 5 (Counties)
Point Scorers: Jarrod Poi-McAlister, Alapatii Matagii, Sione Katoa, Ben Paltridge, Raniera Takarangi tries; Rodrigo Costa 4 con.
After a good start to the day at Marist RFC, the NH U20's departed for Massey Park, Papakura. The bus trip was quiet and the entertainment committee did a fine job with the Music selections to the supprise of the Managers.
At Massey Park the weather was closing in and the expectation of rain was evident.
At kick-off we all looked at the Counties Pack and said this will be a physical game. That said within 5 minutes Harbour set to work in both defence and attack. Some very good tackling and line defence in the first half was fantastic. Communication on defence was clear and well executed also. 10 min in sione scored the first points of the day through a well executed move and great passing. Rodrigo Costa converted. The next points came the way of some more good work through good forward work in setting up the backs with go forward ball, Ben Partridge received the ball and used his lightening speed to score under the posts. Roddy converted. The last try of the first half was through our hooker, Alapati Matagii, after receiving the ball on the 22 mtr he opened up and scored a well executed try. Half time 19/0 NH.
The second half was a slow start with Counties attacking with vigor for the first 10 minutes. Harbour had to defend hard. 52 minutes in Jarrod Poi-McAlister broke the Counties defencive line 30 mtrs out and scored under the posts. Roddy converted.
Counties had a lucky call 60 min. Rodrigo kicked a field positional kick from inside NH 22 which flew with the wind into the Counties 5 mtr line. Somehow Counties players convinced the Referee that the ball went dead. Anyway, the ball was set up and Counties set the scrum and from that got momentum up to score a try. The last points of the day was from Raniiera Takarangi scoring a try from some very good support play. Final score 33/5 to North Harbour.
Date: 8 September
Venue: Marist RFC NH Domain
Opposition: Bay Of Plenty
Half-time Score: 19 (NH) 6 (BOP)
Full-time Score: 36 (NH) 9 (BOP)
Point Scorers: Gerard Tuioti-Mariner, Gareth Burton, Sione Katoa, Ben Paltridge, Mathew Howling (2) tries; Rodrigo Costa (2), Jacob Botica 1 con.
As the clouds closed in on the North Harbour outer Oval, the NH U20’s received the kick from a spirited BOP team. The first 3 minutes saw BOP attacking on NH 22mtr line. The pressure BOP exerted turned to points. BOP received a penalty due to NH coming in the side of a ruck.
13 min in NH from an attacking position on BOP try line managed to score through Mathew Howling’s clever thinking. He picked up the ball from the back of the ruck and jumped over the top to score a well executed team try. Rodrigo Costa converted in trying conditions. In the first half 2 more tries were awarded to Gareth Burton and again Mathew Howling through some exciting team phases. Rodrigo Costa showed calm with the boot in converting 2 of the three tries in adverse weather conditions. BOP was awarded another penalty 24 min in to take them to 6. Half time score 19/6 North Harbour.
The start of the second half emulated the first with BOP securing and driving forward from the get go. Again 3 min in BOP received a penalty through an unfortunate head high call made by the referee. With the wind advantage gone due to swirling winds NH keep the ball close and drove forward well in the second half. Of the 3 tries scored Gerard Tuioti-Mariner’s was the highlight of the day through a very good forward drive from BOP 22 mtr line. Communication in go forward was excellent as was the team focus and discipline to achieve the distance covered to score this try.
Again we keep our Opposition tryless. A confidence which is starting to grow within the team is the belief in each other on Defence.
Date: 1 September
Venue: East Coast Bays RFC
Half-time Score: 27 (NH) 3 (Northland)
Full-time Score: 39 (NH) 6 (Northland)
Point Scorers: Mathew Howling, Bandon Nansen, Jarrod Poi-McAlister, Peeni-Atu Likio, Blake Hall tries; Rodrigo Coasta 4 con and 2 pen.
With high expectations hanging over this year’s U20 squad by Management, the starting 15 did not let us down. With two quick penalties in the first 4 minutes to each side, the Referee was setting the tone for what was an average game by NH. A lot of penalties at the breakdown, and at scrum time, work on’s were identified early on. That said the team did well executing set piece, Lineouts excluded. With 5 good tries overall a pleasing start to our campaign. Keeping Northland try less was also pleasing. Defence held strong throughout. Of note was Matt Howling’s scintillating 60 mtr run away try in the second half.
Marist: Boyd Wiggns, Ben Paltridge
Glenfield: Michael Little, Raniera Takarangi, Shea Turner
Silverdale: Franck Friconnet, Jordan Manihera, Ignacio Costa, Rodrigo Costa, Jarrod McAlister-Poi, Zane Turner
Massey: Danny Pahulu, Gerard Tuioti-Mariner, Mathew Howling, Abraham Papalii, Peni-Atu Likio, Pierre Pili
Takapuna: Blair Rush, Gareth Burton
North Shore: Brandon Nansen, Edgar Tuinukuafe, Jacob Botica,
East Coast Bays: Dan Rogers
Northcote: Blake Hall, Sione Katoa
Kumeu: Croster Mafi
Coaches: Greg Aldous (HC), Lee Stensness, Brent Semmons
Managers: Greg Bovaird, Dean Fielding