Planet Rugby

Auckland win in the wet

14th August 2010 06:14

Share:

Lelia Masaga; Dave Thomas auckland v bay of plenty

Auckland: Prevail in tense arm-wrestle

Auckland had their big men to thank after grinding out an 11-6 ITM Cup defeat of Bay of Plenty at a sodden Mt Maunganui on Saturday.

The result means Auckland retain the John Drake Boot and have now made it six consecutive victories over the Steamers.

It was almost Groundhog Day for the Blue and Whites, who like last week against Waikato had to withstand a brutal attacking onslaught from their opponents in the dieing 10 minutes of the game.

But unlike their last minute defeat to the Mooloos at Eden Park, this time their desperate defence was up to the challenge as they held the Steamers out to record a well-earned victory -

Atrocious conditions at BayPark dictated a forward oriented game, with Auckland's pack ripping into their work early to out-muslce their opposition and dominate at scrum time.

Auckland got off to a flying start, Jamie Helleur intercepting an erratic pass from Steamers winger Lelia Masaga and offloading to Daniel Braid who was pulled down just short of the try-line.

But from the ensuing ruck, Auckland had the numbers as hooker Tom McCartney fired a beautiful pass out wide for winger Atieli Pakalani who dived over to score barely three minutes into the game.

But that was to be the only try of the match as the remaining 77 minutes degenerated into a tense arm wrestle, with both teams guilty of making numerous errors in the wet conditions.

With pivots Phil Burleigh and Matt Berquist both landing two penalties apiece, Auckland came close to extending their lead just before the break as Charlie Faumuina, who produced a brilliant performance, barged over the try-line.

But referee Josh Noonan adjudged Faumuina had used Daniel Braid as a shepherd, denying the visitors a try and sending the sodden Auckland team into the sheds with a narrow 11-6 lead.

And that was how the scoreboard looked for the remainder of the game as neither team was able to make any real inroads into the opposition defence.

Auckland looked to have scored the match-winning try midway through the second half as Dave Thomas made a scintillating run, beating his man before drawing in a defender and switching with prop Tevita Mailau who crashed over the line.

But once again Auckland were denied by the match officials as Mailau was ruled to have been held up over the line.

From there all the momentum swung the way of the home side in the final stages of the game as the Steamers camped in Auckland's half and threatened to score on numerous occasions.

Auckland didn't help themselves as they once again committed basic errors to compound the pressure, but in the end their resolute defence was good enough to keep the Steamers at bay as captain Daniel Braid claimed a third win over his younger brother Luke.

The scorers:

For Bay of Plenty:
Pens: Burleigh 2

For Auckland:
Try: Pakalani
Pens: Berquist 2

Bay of Plenty: 15 Toby Arnold, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Brett Mather, 12 Grant McQuoid, 11 Lance MacDonald, 10 Phil Burleigh, 9 Taniela Moa; 8 Colin Bourke (c), 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Luke Andrews, 3 James McGougan, 2 John Pareanga, 1 Josh Hohneck.
Replacements: 16 Simon Chisholm, 17 Joe Savage/Tristan Moran, 18 Aiden Kuka, 19 Sam Cane/Solomon King, 20 Chad Tuoro, 21 Dan Waenga, 22 Ben Smith.

Auckland: 15 Brent Ward, 14 Atieli Pakalani, 13 Ben Atiga, 2 Jamie Helleur, 11 Dave Thomas, 10 Matt Berquist, 9 Toby Morland; 8 Peter Saili, 7 Daniel Braid (c), 6 Onosa'i Auva'a, 5 Andrew van der Heijden, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Tevita Mailau.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Chris Lowrey, 20 Brenton Helleur, 21 Ash Moeke, 22 Charles Piutau.

Referee: Josh Noonan

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs HarlequinsBath vs Harlequins Preview
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs UlsterMunster vs Ulster Preview
Cardiff Blues vs TrevisoCardiff Blues vs Treviso Preview
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821