18/05/17 | 11:56 AM

McBain Shield stays south

Petone sealed the win in the closing minutes with two late runaway tries as The Eagles played catch up footy with a man in the sinbin, with livewire centre and left wing pairing Lester Maulolo and Losi Filipo combining and then lock Jack Ross intercepting a pass and steaming away to win the match 49-31.

Minutes earlier Petone were leading 35-31 and with the game still up in the air when the Eagles got penalised 35m out from their line. Some backchat saw them marched another 10m and replacement loosie Lise Soloa (not actually the offender) sin-binned. Carne Green missed a penalty from in front for Petone and HOBM launched a late assault from their 22. But Petone won a turnover and scored the first of their two tries to take the wind out of HOBM’s sails.

Previously, HOBM had got their noses in front with tries to prop Joe ‘Apikotoa and hooker James O’Reilly. Replacement Petone forward Bruce Kauika-Petersen intercepted a pass and fed first five-eighth Jared Kahu a try in reply. Petone had led 21-17 at halftime, after left wing Losi Filipo had scored a clinical try try out-wide off an attacking lineout on the near side right on halftime.

PREMIER RESERVES STAY AT TOP

The Hutt Old Boys Marist Eagles second XV maintained their lead at the top of the Harper Lock Shield standings with a tense 19-17 win over Petone in today’s McBain Shield curtain-raiser.

Petone scored first after about 20 minutes to take a 7-0 lead, but the Eagles hit back with three consecutive tries. HOBM should have scored again just before the break, which would have sealed the game there and then.

The second half was much tighter, Petone crossing again in the 60th minute to narrow HOBM’s lead to 19-12. They then scored again after a penalty and lineout drive in the 72nd minute, which closed it to 19-17. HOBM rallied late and missed late chances to skip clear and also earn a four-try bonus point.

 

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