Marist came out firing after we beat them in the first round right on the hooter. The Premier 1st team had three players promoted to the Topside due to player injuries including: Cheydan Mani, Tai and Tamu. The Premier 1st squad were tough in training and all working hard to secure a jersey to play against our local rival, the Marist Saints.
In the first 30 minute stanza Richmond were down 2-0 to Marist before Onelani scored under the post, converted by Sau, 6-2 to Richmond. Richmond Halves Poi & Sau were guiding the boys around the field well which led to a try to our Fijian flyer Weis who ran away beating five would be Marist tacklers on his way to scoring under the post. Sau converted heading with a 12-2 lead at half time.
The second half started with Marist scoring a converted try up the mid field, 12-8 to Richmond. Richmond changed the momentum with rolling forward substitutes with great impact from young Vae Kalolo, Ron and Harry Vete. Richmond scored two tries to Fu’e and a double to Onelani. Sau converted one of two tries to lead 22-8 with 15 minutes remaining.
Richmond tried to defend its 22 point lead where Marist capitalized from Richmond's missed tackles and handling errors to post a converted try,. 22-14 to Richmond. Momentum had swung. Marist went on to score an unconverted try out wide 22-18 with 3 minutes to go.
From kick off Marist shifted the ball to the other side which caught Richmond off guard. A further Marist penalty allowed Marist to score 10 metres left of the Richmond goal post. The final hooter had sounded and it was 22 all. Marist had to convert the try to win the game. "You could hear a pin drop at Murray Hallberg" says co-coach Henry Solomona. The Marist kicker came in nice and slow, struck the ball and hooked the ball to the right missing the conversion. Final score: 22 all draw.
Our next match is at Grey Lynn Park against Otahuhu Leopards on Saturday 25 June 2016
Player of the Day – Onelani Pongi
Acknowledgement to three players who answered our S.O.S – Vae Kalolo, Sauofo Amosa and Edwin Pita.