Central Districts have emerged 54-6 winners over Northland in round four of the NZRL National 20s competition at Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua.
Central districts on the left edge open the scoring with a double from number five Herman Seumanufagai off the back of two strong runs. Northland came close to scoring early but lack of completion meant they couldn’t get the ball over the line. Seumanufagai followed up to score a his hat trick, again exposing Northland on the left edge. Northland finally put points on the board with ten minutes left in the first half through number nine, Dilano Henry-Turner. A late penalty kick for Northland by number fourteen Tangaroa Pireoa, secured them two more points before the whistle, Central Districts lead Northland 14 – 6 at half time.
An aggressive start to the second half saw a focussed Central District’s put the foot down, scoring back to back tries. Jayden Andrade-Kingi barge over the Northland defence followed up with a try from fellow team mate Junior Tefoto. Central District’s Andrade-Kingi scored his second right in the corner. At the line, Kayin Katene ran through the defence to score his second followed by a fourth and fifth try from Seumanufagai with less than ten minutes to go in the match. To close out the match, a very enthusiastic Central Districts team lead Andrade-Kingi to score his hat trick diving for the corner.
Central districts will face Wai-Coa-Bay next Saturday in Whanganui, while Northland meet the top of table Auckland Blue in Whangarei.