October 17 2020
Your wrap up of the first day of the NZRL Men’s Championship action at Bruce Pulman Park.
Upper Central dominated the first half scoring three unanswered tries yet the second forty saw the Vipers mount their comeback. It was a four point game until a reverse penalty went the way of the Stallions shifting momentum in Upper Central’s favour putting the game out of reach for the Vipers.
Upper Central (30)
Try scores: James Leavai (2), Joshua Tupou, Aritaku Robens, Dylan Clark (2)
Conversions: Jayden Andrade-Kingi (2), Jordan Magee (1)
Mid Central Vipers (10)
Try scorers: Awatere Kiwara, Damien Le-Noel Ngatai
Conversions: Jahlon Governor
Wellington dominated early and were first to mount points but three back to back tries to the Swords had them in front majority of the half. A late try to Orcas’ Winger Pelei Moimoi before the half time siren kept Wellington within a converted try. However it was the Swords that kept their nose in front in the second forty, scoring two unanswered tries and sealing the win 28-12.
Northland Swords (28)
Try scores: Matthew Kahle, Eroni Biukoto, Charme Henry-Turner, Levita Levita, James Witehira.
Conversions: Levita Levita (4)
Wellington Orcas (12)
Try scorers: Pelei Moimoi, Mose Tuifao-Papalii
Conversions: Bronson Marino (2)