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Four unanswered tries in the final
quarter swept Blaketown to a 43-17
West Coast rugby victory over Kiwi
on a wind-lashed McL ean Park, on
In other New Forrest Cup games,
South Westland downed Grey Valley
87-0 at Hari Hari, and Marist beat
Wests 37-0 after leading 22-0 at the
Blaketown had a comfortable 19-0
win at one stage but Kiwi, with the
wind at their backs in the second
half and a marked scrum superiority
paying dividends, closed the gap to
19-17, before tries to Alan Monk,
Nick Davy, James Ward and Phil
Thomson (his second) gave the
seasiders a flattering 26-point winning
It was a typical early season match
punctuated by handling errors, scrums
Kiwi had a marked ascendancy in
the scrums but it came to nought
in the first half,with referee Scott
Curnnow issuing four penalties to the
disintegrating black pack. The second
half was a different scenario, with
Kiwi earning all the penalties, one on
the Blaketown line leading to three
successive scrums, and three more
penalties for scrum collapses before
Kiwi halfback Jared Ferguson finally
scored after the black scrum was again
marched back over the line.
Kiwi’s other try, to lock Tim
Scadden, was set up by first-five
Todd Struthers who was quick to
exploit holes in the defence. Struthers
converted both tries and also kicked a
Blaketown No 8 Brogan Watt had
a powerful game and usual centre
Regan Stanton shone in his new role
as openside flanker. First-five Nathan
Williamson scored the first try and
delivered the final pass that led to the
second, to wing Lucas Davy, but the
star of the backline was second-five
Nik Cumming, who was a constant
threat to the defence, often breaking
the Kiwi line.
Cumming scored a try and kicked
two conversions, and Beau Cain was
also credited with two conversions,
despite one sailing more than a metre
wide of the posts.
Meanwhile all rugby roads at Hari
Hari led to the Grey Valley tryline
on Saturday, with South Westland
hammering 2014 champion Grey
Coach Grant Mathieson said
South Westland had been training
hard since February and hit the
ground running on Saturday. “Our
for wards were totally dominant
providing the backs plenty of ball
to run with, but hats off the referee
Robin Maitland, who allowed the
game to flow to the benefit of both
teams,” Mathieson said.
South Westland player of the
day was fullback June Kitara, who
scored four tries, while Michael
Riley capped a fine game with
a brace of tries. No 8 Eroni
Ulioborutu was in his element in
the free-flowing encounter, while
Ryan Kennedy had his usual
Such has been the off-season
exodus from Grey Valley that just
two of the players who started in
the grand final last year took the
field on Saturday but co-coach
Ben Ferguson was not using that
as an excuse.
Ferguson said the southerners
were simply too strong, depriving
his team of ball, but he expects
several key members, including
centre Kevin Moore, to bolster the
squad in coming weeks.
Wing Stu Kerr was player of the
day for an 80-minute effort.
“It was a game played in great
spirit, but South Westland were too
strong,” Ferguson said.
At Walker Park, Marist ran in five
unanswered tries against Wests, two to
impressive halfback Hugo Torres.
Coach Luke McNeish said the green
pack was dominant and the backs ran
well. Brad Lewellen, Gilbert Fahey
and Sean L oveday also scored, and
Torres added two penalties and three
conversions. F lanker Sam Tau and
lock Isei Lewaqi starred in the pack.
Wests’ blindside flanker Marty Totel
foraged for the full 80 minutes and
Logan Ross made several slashing
breaks from fullback, but overall
inexperience counted against their
team, which should have had points
on the board but turned down several
penalty kicks in favour of attempts at
Halfback Jordan Ross again
displayed his potential along with
young hooker Anthony Barlow, who
was always keen to take the game to
Scorers.— B laketown 43 (N
Williamson, N Davy, P Thomson (2),
J Ward, N Cumming, L Davy tries,
Cumming 2 cons, B Cain pen, 2 cons),
Kiwi 17 ( J Ferguson, T Scadden 1
tries, T Struthers 2 cons, pen); South
Westland 87 ( J Kitara 4, N Blackburn,
C Deans, C Nolan, M Riley 2, R
Wilson, S Mahuika, E Uiloborulu 3,
Aldaiga tries; Nolan 6 cons), Grey
Valley 0; Marist 37 (S Loveday, G
Fahey, H Torres 2, B Lewellyn tries,
Torres 2pens, 3 cons), Wests 0.
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Blaketown second five-eighth Nik Cumming eludes the Kiwi defenders as he makes a run to set up the opening try of their game, at McLean Park on
former West Coaster will step into the
ring on May 16 for Greymouth’s second
boxing extravaganza - as the major
draw card to the event.
Organiser Alan Monk confirmed Bowyn Morgan
would be on the fight card for the event, which is
raising money for Life Education Trust West Coast.
Morgan, now based in Christchurch and recently
turned professional, will step into the ring for the
last bout of the night.
He will be fighting Christchurch’s Shaun
Colmore, wellknown as a kickboxer.
Morgan’s trainer Phil Shatford said Colmore
would not be a “pushover”.
“Colmore has had 20 kickboxing fights for 16
wins,” Shatford said.
Morgan was in good shape and Shatford
expected him to put in a good effort in his first
professional fight at home.
“Since turning professional Bowyn has had two
pro fights and won both. He has just signed with
Duco Promotions which will see him fighting
in the next three events organised by boxing
promoter Dean Lonergan.”
While it was still early in Morgan’s professional
career he had the capability of a very long,
impressive time in the ring, Shatford said.
Both Monk and Life Education Trust
spokeswoman Kylie Parkin are appreciative of the
support they have received from the community.
Public ticket sales sold out in 30 minutes
however there is still an opportunity for corporates
to get a table if they were prepared to support the
charity in some way.
As well as the 11 fights there is also an auction of
a signed Crusaders rugby jersey, a signed Breakers
singlet, as well as a number of other items
including a large tv and a travel prize.
Following the boxing, well-known Christchurch
band Puree will be on stage to entertain the rest
of the night.
“ This event is going to be bigger and better
than our first one in 2013,” Monk said.
There would also be the opportunity for those
who had missed out on seats at the venue -
Aratuna Freighters warehouse in Arney Street - to
watch the action via a live feed back to the Paroa
Hotel. Tickets for seats at the hotel are $15 and will
be on sale from next week.
A $500 prize is up for grabs for the best dressed
woman at the event on the night.
The 2013 extravaganza raised $32,000 for Heart
Kids West Coast, and Monk expects to raise as
much if not more for the Life Education Trust.
The corporate fights will be three two-minute
rounds and Morgan’s bout will be six three minute
• Viv Logie
THE CARD FOR THE NIGHT IS:
Bout 1: Andrew Havill v Brett Kokshoorn.
Bout 2: Trudi McGrath v Ngahuia King.
Bout 3: Brendon Russ v Shane O’Dea.
Bout 4: Cole Green v Horano Wilson.
Bout 5: Katie Neilsen v Amy Vui.
Bout 6: Grant King v Ryan Stentiford.
Bout 7: Bree Cumming v Megan McLennan.
Bout 8: Tere Wycliff v Adam Dunbar.
Bout 9: Dan Tauwhare v Royce Green.
Bout 10: Troy Tauwhare v Regan Stanton.
Bout 11: Bowyn Morgan v Shaun Colmore.
Bowyn Morgan, in red, in action against Lewis Benson of Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year.
The Downtown Showdown organisers and Life Education would like to thank the major sponsors
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