11/06/17 | 11:10 PM

Eagles start Jubilee Cup with win over Ories

HOBM 24 ORIES 15?

Hutt Old Boys Marist 24 (Brandyn Laursen 2, Ope Peleseuma tries; Sheridan Rangihuna pen, 3 con) Oriental-Rongotai 15 (Malo Tuitama, Tukia Purcell tries; Adam Deck pen, con). HT: 21-8.

Best and fairest: 3 points: Joe Apikotoa (HOBM prop); 2 points: Brandyn Laursen (HOBM second five-eighth); 1 point: Malo Tuitama (Ories centre).

Venue: Polo Ground.

What happened: An error from the game’s opening kick off by Oriental-Rongotai wing Andrew Ellis presented Hutt Old Boys Marist the opportunity to begin the match with a try, which they did. After some pick and goes in tight, Hutt spread the ball to centre Ope Peleseuma who crashed over from close range to get the visitors off to the perfect start.

Five minutes later Hutt found themselves up 14-0 thanks to a similar try, this time through second five-eighth Brandyn Laursen who ran a good line to find his way over the chalk.

Laursen’s opposite, Aukuso Tuitama, then left his mark on the game, breaking Hutt’s line to put Ories in the position to convert a penalty for their first points of the match.

That positive Ories run was short-lived though, as Laursen scored his second try of the match after some patient build-up play from his forwards, putting the Eagles up 21-3.

Ories centre Malo Tuitama then scored a brilliant individual try, regathering a grubber kick and running 60 metres to score on the stroke of halftime.

Ories flanker Tukia Purcell dug his way over late in the second half but it wasn’t enough to spark an Ories comeback.

The big play: In a moment of utter confusion, Ories first five-eighth Adam Deck kicked the ball into touch with Ories on attack about 40 metres from their own line, presumably thinking it was halftime.

Whoever informed Deck that it was half time horribly wrong, with the half still about 10 minutes from stoppage. Due to the backwards trajectory of Deck’s kick, Hutt were given a lineout inside Ories’ 22 which would lead to Laursen’s second try moments later, making the score 21-3.

Who stood out: Joe Apikotoa held strong against Ories’ scrum and had a rampant game on attack, illustrating his impressive athleticism for his size. David Filipo was a real headache for Ories at lineout time. Laursen’s tries were vital and he was tidy in all other facets of the game.

Malo Tuitama was the standout for Ories, making several bustling carries. Sean Hay did his job well at halfback.

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