(Main photo: Hemi Douglas carries for Papakura. Credit: photosport.nz).
On Saturday afternoon the Papakura Sea Eagles won their first Fox Memorial title, downing Pt Chevalier 12-8 at Mt Smart Stadium #2. We rated the performance of all 34 players.
Papakura Sea Eagles
James Dowie 7
Solid under the high ball in greasy conditions and did his job marshalling the defence.
Alan Niulevu 6.5
Play was sent mainly down the other side, but the Fijian flyer was reliable. Made a nice 50-metre break late in the second half.
Andrew Tusiane 6.5
Defended well but didn’t feature heavily in attack.
Zacchues Chong-Nee 7
Got involved with some carries out of yardage, held his edge together nicely.
George Edwards 7
Had plenty of touches, often threatening on attack.
Arthur Crichton 6.5
Tidy game, but play went the way of his halves partner most of the time.
Reece Joyce 8.5
Unlucky to miss out on Man of the Match honours. Controlled play well with his long kicks, and terrorised the Pt Chev back three with pin-point bombs.
— JeremySeve (@JeremySeve) September 3, 2016
Keanu Dawson 6
Had some good carries, but couldn’t break the game open as he has done previously this year.
Eliakim Uasi 7
A calming presence in the middle of the park. Did his job giving his big men front-foot ball.
Hemi Douglas 6.5
Stood up well to the Pt Chev pack.
Johnny Vuetibau 6
Injury marred his game, but still managed to contribute in the early exchanges.
Samiu Ikahihifo 7
Ran the ball well down his corridor and had some good reads defensively
Roman Hifo 7.5
Led the way with his work ethic as always. A gritty performance when it counted.
Terence Phillips 8.5
Dynamic out of dummy-half, capitalising off the good work done by his pack. Quality distribution and a few good runs. Picked up the Man of the Match award at full-time.
King Vuniyayawa 6
Added some energy off the bench .
Francis Toetu 6
Troubled the Pirates with some strong carries.
Ulia Aiolupo 6
Limited minutes but effective when on the park. Almost set up a try with his very first touch.
Pt Chevalier Pirates
Siua Otunuku 6.5
Didn’t have the opportunity to get involved much in attack. Made a try-saving tackle on Niulevu in the second half to keep Pt Chevalier in the game.
Saula Solomona 6.5
Showed some pace out wide a few times and scored Pt Chev’s second try with a diving effort.
Malo Solomona 7
Classy out wide as always. Didn’t get as many chances as he would have liked with the ball.
Arden McCarthy 7
Brutal in defence, he ruffled plenty of feathers. Didn’t let anyone down.
Pierre Pili 5
Had a tough afternoon with handling errors. Got caught too high up the field on Papakura’s second try. To his credit he kept looking for work.
Jeremiah Pai 5
His discipline let him down, giving away a couple of penalties. Quality on the ball when he got the chance, but not one of his better games.
Sioeli Makaui 6
Had a quiet day, but didn’t let anyone down.
Siliga Kepaoa 7
Had some big carries and won his personal battles in the middle on most occasions .
Tevita Latu 7.5
Worked hard for his side on both sides of the ball. One of the Pirates’ better performers on the day.
Tevita Satae 8
Excellent in his hit-ups and got quick play the balls on several of them. Looked the most likely forward to break through for Pt Chevalier.
Daniel Bell 6.5
Struggled to get involved at times, but held up defensively.
Taylor Daniels 7
Didn’t get to inject himself too often on the ball. Fairly strong in defence though.
Dylan Moses 8
Directed traffic well, acting as a third playmaker. Pierced through for a good try which wrestled some momentum back for the Pirates.
Stacey-Lee Taihi 6
Did his job off the pine.
Tane Rapira 6
Reliable without being remarkable, limited minutes for the big man.
Matti Tuitama 6
Didn’t stand out, but had a clean showing.
Dion Briggs 6.5
Added some sting with his carries.