Win over slick HSOB puts OBM in second

ON THE ATTACK: OBM second five-eighth Mark Atkins had a big game against High School Old Boys. Picture by Paul Rickard

A SPIRITED OBM side have overcome High School Old Boys in a tight tussle to move into second place on the Poverty Bay premier club rugby leaderboard.

Enterprise Cars OBM won 25-20 while Larsawn Ngatapa and GT Shearing Waikohu fought out a 17-all draw, and competition leaders YMP beat Kevin Hollis Glass Pirates-GMC 69-5 on Saturday.

That leaves unbeaten YMP well ahead on points after three rounds, with OBM just ahead of a chasing pack of Waikohu, HSOB and Ngatapa.

Lying sixth in the Civil Project Solutions competition after another heavy defeat, Pirates-GMC will need to regroup during the Easter break.

OBM head coach Trevor Crosby was proud of the heart shown by his team, who had been disrupted by injuries.

“We patched up a team to go out and play,” he said.

He admired some of the slick work of HSOB and said his own team put in a gutsy display.

“No quarter was given by either team.”

Mark Atkins was a handful at second five-eighth for OBM, making a series of breaks or half-breaks.

Despite handling errors, HSOB sometimes appeared to be the more polished unit, forcing the OBM scrum backwards and producing silky backline plays.

But, in a stop-start game, they couldn’t get into the groove for long periods and grew more frustrated as the clock ticked down.

OBM quickly dominated territory and possession

Playing with the wind in the first half, OBM quickly dominated territory and possession.

HSOB were on the wrong end of a heavy early penalty count and OBM took a 6-0 lead, with Jake Holmes slotting two kicks at goal.

The penalty count then began to even up and HSOB got into the contest in style.

After a lineout 10 metres from the try-line, Tevita Maka forced his way over. Fullback Andrew Tauatevalu converted the try, putting HSOB ahead 7-6.

Tauatevalu soon produced the individual highlight of the match. He made a break from inside his own half, chipped ahead near the right touch-line, regathered the ball and dived over to score.

He couldn’t convert the try and with 10 minutes left in the first half, HSOB led 12-6.

OBM had a chance to hit back but they were denied by a knock-on at the try-line.

Crucially, OBM crossed the chalk just before halftime — Ethan Brett crashing over. Holmes converted from the sideline, giving OBM a 13-12 lead at the break.

HSOB player-coach for the day James Warren said that try kept OBM well in the contest.

OBM were first to score in the second half.

Te Otene Ria, who carried the ball strongly for OBM, was rewarded with a try in the left-hand corner.

That put OBM ahead 18-12, before HSOB matched it with an unconverted try of their own to flanker Viliami Kavai.

Leading 18-17, OBM went further ahead when halfback Willy Grogan took a quick tap and scored.

The try was converted but the game wasn’t yet sewn up, as HSOB earned a penalty from a scrum and Tauatevalu’s shot at goal went over, closing the gap to 25-20.

“We put ourselves in a position to win,” Warren said.

OBM take the Peter Martin Cup

But a knock-on at the end sealed their fate, with OBM taking the Peter Martin Cup.

Ngatapa coach Steve Hickey said scrambling defence was a feature of his team’s draw with Waikohu at Te Karaka.

Ngatapa had a man in the sin bin late in the first half but Hickey said his side withstood an assault on their line.

They led 3-0 at halftime but Hickey said Waikohu then scored two long-range tries — one to Kelvin Smith and another to Ethine Reeves.

“Our forwards took control after that.”

Replacement hooker Ihaia Kerr and prop Misi Akana scored tries for Ngatapa.

Peter Livingston kicked a penalty goal and two conversions.

Waikohu levelled the scores with another try to Reeves with about five minutes to play but Hickey said Ngatapa had a chance to win the game late.

A penalty led to a scrum, then a lineout near the goal line of Waikohu, but the throw-in was ruled not straight and that was the end of the match.

Openside flanker Jacob Samuels, a key lineout jumper, was player of the day for Ngatapa.

Hickey said the performance was a big step up from the previous week, when they lost to OBM.

Waikohu coach Jason Tuapawa said his team were lucky to get away with a draw, as the late penalty might have been worth a penalty try or yellow card for a player being taken out without the ball.

Ngatapa were strong in the forwards, he said.

Waikohu had Caleb Lewis missing from their backline after the death of his father, Horace.

Tuapawa was reluctant to cite that disruption as an excuse, as the side had plenty of cover.

“The whole district felt the loss of Caleb’s dad,” Tuapawa said.

YMP coach Steve Smith said his team tested a few things against Pirates-GMC that they had tried on the training pitch and it was good to know they could work in a match.

He said fullback Jayden Milner stood out and openside flanker Fawn White had a solid game.

“I was pleased with our set pieces.”

He said Pirates-GMC came out with passion after halftime and never dropped their heads.

A SPIRITED OBM side have overcome High School Old Boys in a tight tussle to move into second place on the Poverty Bay premier club rugby leaderboard.

Enterprise Cars OBM won 25-20 while Larsawn Ngatapa and GT Shearing Waikohu fought out a 17-all draw, and competition leaders YMP beat Kevin Hollis Glass Pirates-GMC 69-5 on Saturday.

That leaves unbeaten YMP well ahead on points after three rounds, with OBM just ahead of a chasing pack of Waikohu, HSOB and Ngatapa.

Lying sixth in the Civil Project Solutions competition after another heavy defeat, Pirates-GMC will need to regroup during the Easter break.

OBM head coach Trevor Crosby was proud of the heart shown by his team, who had been disrupted by injuries.

“We patched up a team to go out and play,” he said.

He admired some of the slick work of HSOB and said his own team put in a gutsy display.

“No quarter was given by either team.”

Mark Atkins was a handful at second five-eighth for OBM, making a series of breaks or half-breaks.

Despite handling errors, HSOB sometimes appeared to be the more polished unit, forcing the OBM scrum backwards and producing silky backline plays.

But, in a stop-start game, they couldn’t get into the groove for long periods and grew more frustrated as the clock ticked down.

OBM quickly dominated territory and possession

Playing with the wind in the first half, OBM quickly dominated territory and possession.

HSOB were on the wrong end of a heavy early penalty count and OBM took a 6-0 lead, with Jake Holmes slotting two kicks at goal.

The penalty count then began to even up and HSOB got into the contest in style.

After a lineout 10 metres from the try-line, Tevita Maka forced his way over. Fullback Andrew Tauatevalu converted the try, putting HSOB ahead 7-6.

Tauatevalu soon produced the individual highlight of the match. He made a break from inside his own half, chipped ahead near the right touch-line, regathered the ball and dived over to score.

He couldn’t convert the try and with 10 minutes left in the first half, HSOB led 12-6.

OBM had a chance to hit back but they were denied by a knock-on at the try-line.

Crucially, OBM crossed the chalk just before halftime — Ethan Brett crashing over. Holmes converted from the sideline, giving OBM a 13-12 lead at the break.

HSOB player-coach for the day James Warren said that try kept OBM well in the contest.

OBM were first to score in the second half.

Te Otene Ria, who carried the ball strongly for OBM, was rewarded with a try in the left-hand corner.

That put OBM ahead 18-12, before HSOB matched it with an unconverted try of their own to flanker Viliami Kavai.

Leading 18-17, OBM went further ahead when halfback Willy Grogan took a quick tap and scored.

The try was converted but the game wasn’t yet sewn up, as HSOB earned a penalty from a scrum and Tauatevalu’s shot at goal went over, closing the gap to 25-20.

“We put ourselves in a position to win,” Warren said.

OBM take the Peter Martin Cup

But a knock-on at the end sealed their fate, with OBM taking the Peter Martin Cup.

Ngatapa coach Steve Hickey said scrambling defence was a feature of his team’s draw with Waikohu at Te Karaka.

Ngatapa had a man in the sin bin late in the first half but Hickey said his side withstood an assault on their line.

They led 3-0 at halftime but Hickey said Waikohu then scored two long-range tries — one to Kelvin Smith and another to Ethine Reeves.

“Our forwards took control after that.”

Replacement hooker Ihaia Kerr and prop Misi Akana scored tries for Ngatapa.

Peter Livingston kicked a penalty goal and two conversions.

Waikohu levelled the scores with another try to Reeves with about five minutes to play but Hickey said Ngatapa had a chance to win the game late.

A penalty led to a scrum, then a lineout near the goal line of Waikohu, but the throw-in was ruled not straight and that was the end of the match.

Openside flanker Jacob Samuels, a key lineout jumper, was player of the day for Ngatapa.

Hickey said the performance was a big step up from the previous week, when they lost to OBM.

Waikohu coach Jason Tuapawa said his team were lucky to get away with a draw, as the late penalty might have been worth a penalty try or yellow card for a player being taken out without the ball.

Ngatapa were strong in the forwards, he said.

Waikohu had Caleb Lewis missing from their backline after the death of his father, Horace.

Tuapawa was reluctant to cite that disruption as an excuse, as the side had plenty of cover.

“The whole district felt the loss of Caleb’s dad,” Tuapawa said.

YMP coach Steve Smith said his team tested a few things against Pirates-GMC that they had tried on the training pitch and it was good to know they could work in a match.

He said fullback Jayden Milner stood out and openside flanker Fawn White had a solid game.

“I was pleased with our set pieces.”

He said Pirates-GMC came out with passion after halftime and never dropped their heads.

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