Going in to this game Richmond were 5th on the ladder and wanted a good game to challenge the table topping Bears. At training the boys trained well and were thriving to play coming off its first loss of the season.
Within the first 10 minutes of the match Glenora scored twice to take the lead, 10-0.
With Josh Siaosi at stand off (#6) and Lona at half back (#7) our ‘go forward’ up the mid field was exceptionally good with the return of Mia Tautiga. Forced errors prevented us crossing the line early however our first points on the board were scored by second rower Cornelius Talagi diving in the corner. 10-4 to Glenora.
Missed opportunities saw Glenora score a converted full length of the field try, 16-4 to the home side. Mataio Timaloa scored the next unconverted try using a dummy pass, 16-8 going in to the half time break.
With two injuries to Rick (ankle) and Lona (shoulder) Richmond were down to two on the bench. Debutant Fijian winger Weise scored in the corner, a third missed conversion followed for Glenora to continue its lead at 16-12.
Glenora scored next 22-12 with 15 minutes to go before further unconverted tries to Fu’e and Lani saw Richmond fight back to finish the game 22-20 to Glenora.
The Surrey Hotel Player of the Day: Mataio Timaloa
Richmond Premier 1st next play Mangere East at Grey Lynn Park and would appreciate your support!
The team have welcomed Bernard Vaihu (former Richmond Tokes coach) and David who have come on board with the Premier 1st. The Richmond Rovers club and especially the Premier 1st team wish the very best of luck to Bernie Perenara Jnr who will be departing New Zealand for England. Thank you for your dedicated efforts Bernie and enjoy the travels!