Focus on the Land
Bay boys kick off Hurricanes tournament in winning style
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
RUGBY - POVERTY Bay opened their Hurricanes under-20 tournament with a 34-5 win against Horowhenua-Kapiti at Rugby Park on Saturday.
The visitors, who had three pre-season games, made a good start.
With the wind at their backs they controlled possession and dominated territory for the first 15 minutes.
However, Bay second five Luke Brown settled nerves by opening the scoring with a try under the posts.
First five-eighth Heke Buchanan converted.
From the 25-minute mark, the Matt Doyle-coached Poverty Bay took control, using the width of the park to run their opposition around.
A try to Buchanan, which he converted, gave the Bay a 14-0 lead at the break.
There was no respite in the second half as the young Bay side attacked with flair and made their opponents pay for turning over ball.
Doyle said it was a good start to the four-team competition.
“We’ve got a three-two-one player points system for each match. Luke took the three points followed by Pana Hadfield (blindside flanker) and Luke,” Doyle said.
“Luke ran hard and straight and Pana was dynamic but we gave the three points to Daniel, who, at 17, is the youngest player in the squad.”
The Bay u20s head to Masterton this weekend to play Wairarapa Bush.
“The challenge is to build on Saturday’s game and hopefully earn a place in the final in two weeks,” Doyle said.
“The top two play off in the final. Wanganui are the other team in contention.”
ON THE BURST: Poverty Bay under-20 player Jesse Kapene leads the charge with support from Hohepa Tamepo, (left), Patrick Allen and man of the match Daniel Leach. Picture by Paul Rickard
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