October 17 2020

Your wrap up of the first day of NZRL Women’s Championship action at Bruce Pulman Park.

Upper Central (18) v Auckland Vulcans (14) 10:00am

Upper Central’s forward pack dominated the first half which allowed their backs to pile on points. Honey Hireme-Smiler’s return to football was felt as she continued to open up space for the Stallion’s putting them in good attacking position.

The Auckland Vulcans mastered an impressive second half comeback however it was overshadowed by penalties and errors late in the game. Upper Central earned their first win of the Championship 18 to 14.

Upper Central (18)

Try Scores: Autumn Stephens (2), Kahurina Cassidy, Kate Henwod, Tiria Anderson.

Conversions: Honor Wilson (1)

Auckland Vulcans (14)

Try Scores: Lilieta Maumau, Yasmin Puru-Tongia (2)

Conversions: Jhana Magele (1)

Wellington Orcas (18) v Northern Swords (12) 11:30am

After an even battle throughout the first half with one try a piece it was Wellington who showed their dominance in the second forty. A late intercept try by the Swords wasn’t enough as Wellington took it home four tries to two.

Wellington (18)

Try scores: Beryl Ena, Sherri Burgess, Teuila Taito, Hinekura Connor-Phillips

Conversions: Tawny Burgess (1)

Northern Swords (12)

Try scorers: Lanaya Morgan, Amanda Nepia

Conversions: Makayla Eli (2)