Charles Elton

Premier 1’s – Hawks defeat Kaikorai

Harbour    40
Kaikorai    33

Harbour premiers have now got two wins on the trot!

A powerful performance from the Harbour tight five laid the platform for a 40-33 victory in a keenly contested  game against Kaikorai at Bishopscourt.

After the home side leapt out to a 14-0 lead inside the opening quarter, through tries to flanker Slade McDowall and centre Eti Slater, the big men of the Harbour pack began to take control and turn the fortunes of the game in its favour, effectively shutting down the mobility of the Kaikorai side. And as the Harbour pack regained control, the points followed through a brace of tries to Pilu Tavake and the first of two tries to powerhouse blind-side flanker Joketani Koroi, giving Harbour a 20-19 lead at the break.

The Harbour pack, inspired by Pole cousin’s Abraham and Sekonia, and the imposing presence of Koroi, played a major role in keeping the home side pinned inside its own half throughout the third quarter. Harbour scored a further two tries and extended its lead to 34-19. Kaikorai stemmed the tide by calling on its bench and was soon rewarded with two tries in quick succession to come back within a point of Harbour, which was clinging to a 34-33 lead with 15 minutes to play.

Harbour bounced back, but despite camping in Kaikorai’s half with an abundance of ball, was limited to just two late penalty goals.

Read the full ODT write-up here