Courtesy of the Greymouth Star
by Brett Kokshoorn
Kiwi v Marist
Table-topping Kiwi thumped a young and inexperienced Marist side 62-0 in the West Coast senior rugby competition on Saturday, in Hokitika, but none of that counted as it was deemed an automatic default when Marist were unable to field a front row.
Kiwi took maximum points for the default, and was happy to still get game time by playing unofficially with golden oldies scrums.
Kiwi’s experience and skills were too much for Marist, most of their tries resulting from sweeping backline movements and set up by relentless forward hit-ups from the much bigger Kiwi forwards.
The home side applied relentless pressure at the breakdown, resulting in numerous infringements from Marist.
The Kiwi backline was on fire and most tries were scored through the backs, the forwards often finishing the backline’s good lead-up work as well.
Kiwi forwards Logan Winter, Courtenay Sargent and Matt Olson had huge games, with countless hit-ups. In the backs, Dan Tauwhare directed play and Nick Muir and Declan Delany were always threatening.
Kiwi had the luxury of leaving some of their best players on the bench at the start, in the form of Troy Tauwhare and Peter Te Rakau. They were both injected in the second half with immediate results. Te Rakau scored a try and set up several others, and Tauwhare, playing at blindside flanker, regularly played at pivot on attack, where he looked a natural and featured in several tries.
Marist started the day with 17 players and were down to 15 by the end of the game due to injuries.
The Greymouth side played with heart all day. Young Argentinian five-eighth Tadeo Raldaan punched above his weight and played well until an injury ended his day just before half-time. In the backs, Vai Sio broke through the Kiwi defence on several occasions and Hamana Peipi hit the ball up aggressively.
In the forwards, Nic Bower and Liam Hewlett toiled all day and lock Caleb Neame jumped well in the lineout.
Kiwi scored five tries in the first half, the first of which was scored by Jasyn van Vliet crashing over in the midfield after an attacking scrum. Next to score was winger Declan Delany, finishing off a backline movement and running 50m to score down the flank to put Kiwi up 13-0 after 10 minutes.
Marist managed to keep Kiwi scoreless through the middle period of the first half through a messy period of infringing and mistakes from both teams.
Kiwi finished the last 10 minutes of the fist half with three more tries, the last two set up by attacking scrums and lineouts on the Marist line, with hooker Logan Winter peeling off a lineout drive to score and the second try in similar fashion right on half-time to Nigel Tainui to make the half-time score 31-0.
In the second half, a further 31 points were scored. The first three tries were scored in the first 15 minutes, the first two by Matt Olson finishing off some clever backline interplay and the third by Troy Tauwhare, the link man between forwards and backs.
Te Rakau finished his impressive second-half stint with a try, again finishing off a sweeping backline movement.
Sean McClure, who also got game time in the second half, finished the scoring for the day with a try right next to the posts, again finishing off some tidy work from the pivotal Tauwhare.
Kiwi player-coach Tauwhare said afterwards his team did the basics well and it was great to get a hit-out after the default last week and a bit of a stop-start season so far.
He gave credit to the young Marist side and the pride they showed, and said it was a real team effort right across the park.
Marist coach Grant Olsen said his boys came up against a well-drilled and fit Kiwi side, but they had played with pride and put their hearts on the line.
The team was short on numbers, being down to 15, but they would keep moving forward and strive to keep the club alive.
He did not want to single out any one player, but paid credit to Kiwi as a great side.
Kiwi 62 (M Olson (2), J van Vliet, D Delany, J Kearns, L Winter, N Tainui, T Tauwhare,
P Te Rakau, S McClure tries, N Muir 6 con), Marist 0.
(Please Note : Due to Marist being unable to field a front row they officially had to default to Kiwi with Kiwi being awarded the maximum points of the round (five) . An unofficial game did take place between the two teams however due to above points from this unofficial fixture for individual scorers and team points for and against cannot be taken into account. Updated Table yet to be released)
South Westland beat Wests 27-17, also in Hokitika.
Wests coach Mike Foster said South Westland played to their strengths and Wests were outplayed in the set pieces and made too many mistakes, which the southerners capitalised on.
Players to shine were wingers Oliver Murray and Jeremy Green, flankers Taiwa Lilley and Jordan Ross, and Taylor Robinson in the backs.
The ground was “a swamp” and probably not suitable for play after wet weather and numerous trainings, Foster said.
There had been some talk of playing on Cass Square No 2, but apparently the posts were not ready or perhaps. A curtain-raiser to the Kiwi v Marist game could have been another option.
South Westland 27 (J Kitara, A Turner,
M Riley, R Kelynack, C Nolan tries, C Nolan con), Wests 17 (O Murray, T Foster, N Smith tries, N Smith con).
Grey Valley beat Blaketown 43-26 in Ikamatua.
This was a real forwards battle, valley getting the push in the scrums and set pieces for most of the day.
Grey Valley coach Stu Anderson said his team were well structured and defended well. It was a good battle up front and his team pushed Blaketown around in the scrum, which set the platform for the backs.
Anderson said the win was a team effort but standouts were winger Joseph Muller and prop Hemi Manawatu.
Grey Valley 43 (J Pitman (2), L Roques (2), S Kiebezel, J Muller, C Beech tries, T Joass 4 con), Blaketown 26 (E Long (2), L Jackman, N Iafeta tries, P Thomson 3 con).