Another round of the NPC done and dusted. Let’s take a look at the best bits featuring our players.
Northland get first win
Jone Macilai-Tori opened the scoring when carried two defenders over the tryline in a powerful effort by the veteran. It’s his second try in two weeks. Kaliopasi Uluilakepa came off the bench for Northland. They managed their first win of the season by beating Waikato 38-28. The Mooloos were coming off a season high after beating Tasman the week prior.Embed from Getty Images
Flanker Raikabula Momoedonu was not selected for this game. Still no confirmation if he is injured. Mosese Dawai made the most metres for Waikato with 77 off 7 runs. He also managed 1 linebreak and 5 defenders beaten. Rupeni Junior Tamani also made his NPC debut off the bench for Waikato when he came on in the 66th minute.
Steamers win a thriller
Bay of Plenty bounced back from their heavy loss to Taranaki with a thrilling victory over Wellington. It’s their second win of the season.
Emoni Narawa started at centre and was the man who scored the winning try in the 82nd minute as Wellington were desperately trying to hold on. It was an easy conversion and Bay of Plenty won the match by a single point 33-32. Narawa with an impressive 5 defenders beaten and 2 clean breaks. Missing was Onisi Ratave. We will confirm before their next match if he is carrying an injury.Embed from Getty Images
Former Flying Fijians prop Ropate Rinaka made his first appearance of the season and played the first 76 minutes for Manawatu in their 27-14 win over Otago. It’s their third win from 4 starts which puts them 2nd in their division behind the Bulls. Vilimoni Koroi started at fullback for Otago and couldn’t add to his 16 points as the leading pointscorer for all Fijians in the NPC.Embed from Getty Images
Tasman too strong
Tasman retain their place at the top of the Premiership Division with a thrashing of Southland 51-14. Timoci Tavatavanawai scored the first two tries of the match. He also notched a game high 104 run metres from his 16 carries with 8 defenders beaten along the way. New Drua signing Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta also made his first start after returning from injury last week.
Taranaki had the bye this week along with the Auckland based sides who have started training again under strict conditions as they eagerly await the green light to return to the NPC.