Pre-season comeback win for Bay

A GOOD DAY: Kelvin Smith, pictured playing against Ngati Porou East Coast, got Poverty Bay back into their pre-season game against Central Bay of Plenty on Saturday with a brilliant individual try. Picture by Paul Rickard

RUGBY

POVERTY Bay pulled off a comeback to win a pre-season hit-out 24-22 against Central Bay of Plenty as rain teemed down in Rotorua.

Saturday’s clash was the first of two pre-season rugby games for Poverty Bay ahead of their Heartland Championship campaign, which starts on August 24.

Coach Tom Cairns said he was pleased with the way his team fought back in the second half.

Down 22-7 early in the second half, they had to make up the deficit in the rain.

A moment of brilliance from first five-eighth Kelvin Smith, who put in a burst of acceleration to score a try, got them back in the game.

They narrowed the gap further when second-five John Jones scored out wide and Andrew Tauatevalu converted.

Poverty Bay slotted a penalty goal to take the lead with seven minutes to play and then closed out the game.

Cairns said it “absolutely hosed down” through the second half and Poverty Bay did well to get the job done in those conditions.

The first half didn’t go so well, though, after a four-hour drive to get to Whakarewarewa Park.

“We were still on the bus, largely, for the first half,” Cairns said.

Poverty Bay hooker Rikki Terekia scored the first try but Central Bay of Plenty wrested back control for the rest of the half.

Cairns said his loose-forward trio — Tamanui Hill, Nicolas Carrizo and Will Bolingford — went well and Terekia was strong up front.

In the backs, Tauatevalu, normally a fullback, filled in at centre after the late withdrawal of Matt Raleigh because of illness.

Cairns said Scott McKinley, who played fullback, was solid and Smith had “a pretty good day, all up”.

Poverty Bay’s next pre-season match is at home against Hawke’s Bay Saracens on Saturday.

RUGBY

POVERTY Bay pulled off a comeback to win a pre-season hit-out 24-22 against Central Bay of Plenty as rain teemed down in Rotorua.

Saturday’s clash was the first of two pre-season rugby games for Poverty Bay ahead of their Heartland Championship campaign, which starts on August 24.

Coach Tom Cairns said he was pleased with the way his team fought back in the second half.

Down 22-7 early in the second half, they had to make up the deficit in the rain.

A moment of brilliance from first five-eighth Kelvin Smith, who put in a burst of acceleration to score a try, got them back in the game.

They narrowed the gap further when second-five John Jones scored out wide and Andrew Tauatevalu converted.

Poverty Bay slotted a penalty goal to take the lead with seven minutes to play and then closed out the game.

Cairns said it “absolutely hosed down” through the second half and Poverty Bay did well to get the job done in those conditions.

The first half didn’t go so well, though, after a four-hour drive to get to Whakarewarewa Park.

“We were still on the bus, largely, for the first half,” Cairns said.

Poverty Bay hooker Rikki Terekia scored the first try but Central Bay of Plenty wrested back control for the rest of the half.

Cairns said his loose-forward trio — Tamanui Hill, Nicolas Carrizo and Will Bolingford — went well and Terekia was strong up front.

In the backs, Tauatevalu, normally a fullback, filled in at centre after the late withdrawal of Matt Raleigh because of illness.

Cairns said Scott McKinley, who played fullback, was solid and Smith had “a pretty good day, all up”.

Poverty Bay’s next pre-season match is at home against Hawke’s Bay Saracens on Saturday.

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