Kiwileaguecentral.com brings you match reports from every Premiership game played in Auckland on April 13.
Rd 2 Fox Memorial Premiership Qualifiers match reports
Richmond 18 Bay Roskill 22
A second-half comeback saw Bay Roskill pick up their first victory since returning to Auckland’s top flight. Down 12-4 at the break, the Vikings wore Richmond down through the opening 20 minutes of the second spell and won the match inside the final 10 minutes with a Silila Vaivai four-pointer.
Northcote 29 Howick 22
Northcote made it two from two to start the new campaign, with a hard-fought win over Howick. Scores were tied at 10-apiece at the break, but Northcote pulled away in the second 40, getting one back over the side who eliminated them from last year’s play-offs. Prop Eddie Figota was a standout for the Tigers.
Papakura 12 Pt Chevalier 24
Pt Chevalier overcame Papakura in the second stanza to register their first win of the new season. Off the back of a strong showing from forward Kouma Samson, the Pirates scored twice in the second half to secure the victory.
Manurewa 16 Marist 28
Marist edged past a gallant Manurewa to claim their first victory under new head coaches Zane Pocklington and Francis Meli. After taking a comfortable 18-point lead into the sheds, Marist were run down in the second and led just 22-16 with 10 to go, before a late try secured the result.
Mangere East 28 Mt Albert 35
A field goal and late try saw Mt Albert home against Mangere East at Walter Massey Park. The Lions led 22-6 at half-time but fell behind late in the second spell as Mangere East threatened an incredible comeback victory. With scores locked at 28-all in the dying stages, Eiden Ackland kicked a go-ahead field goal before a converted try gave Mt Albert the seven-point winning margin.
Otahuhu 6 Glenora 40
Glenora powered to a comprehensive away victory over Otahuhu to start the season two from two. Solomon Vasuvulagi had a pair of tries, while the accurate boot of Chaz Brown blew the score out. Setu Tu scored Otahuhu’s only try, as they fell to back-to-back defeats to start the year.
Rd 4 Fox Championship Qualifiers match reports
Te Atatu 22 Ellerslie 12
Doubles to Anthony Goulton and David Dyer saw Te Atatu end Ellerslie’s unbeaten start to the year at Jack Colvin Park. Tries midway through the second spell gave Te Atatu a comfortable lead, while their goal line defence was a standout feature. The Eagles scored a late try to close the gap.
New Lynn 40 Pakuranga 24
A four-try haul from Neemia King and an Edwin Amituanai double led New Lynn to an upset victory over Pakuranga at Lawson Park. After leading by just two at the break, the Stags were unstoppable in the second 40.
Mt Wellington 38 Ponsonby 16
A hat-trick to Jacob Lavaka did much of the damage for Mt Wellington in a win over Ponsonby at Thompson Park. The side was led around the park well by halfback Logan Takere who set up several tries.
Pukekohe 22 Manukau 14
The Pukekohe Pythons remain undefeated after four weeks, thanks to a come-from-behind victory against the Manukau Magpies. Down 8-6 at half-time, a gritty second half performance saw Pukekohe battle back and go outright top of the Crown Lift Trucks Fox Championship Qualifiers ladder.
Hibiscus Coast 66 Waitemata 0
The Hibiscus Coast were in breathtaking touch at home, as they powered to a big win over Waitemata. Mavae Muru Filimoehala scored a hat-trick and standoff Regan McClennan clocked seven goals and a try in the victory.
Papatoetoe 10 Northern Brothers 44
Four tries to winger Henry Ah Kuoi helped Northern Brothers to a comfortable road victory over Papatoetoe. The men from the North Shore led 20-10 at half-time and then pulled away in the second, with back-rower Pita Tupou a strong performer.