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Premier 1’s – Hawks thrash Zingari to secure the Bandy Scoles memorial

Harbour 71

Zingari-Richmond 14

Harbour made no race of it against Zingari-Richmond at Montecillo and comfortably won the Scoles Memorial.

The Colours had upset Harbour in the first round but that was never going to happen on Saturday.

Harbour led 36-0 at halftime and, although the home team never flew the white flag and gave it everything, Harbour was just bigger, stronger and faster.

The Harbour forwards made the advantage line with ball in hand and that created space for the backs, who ran with plenty of purpose.

Left winger Piliu Tavake used his blinding speed to score two tries in the first half while hard-running Harbour forwards such as Sekonaia Pole and Solomon Pole picked up braces.

Out the back, Logan Allen and Sio Tomkinson directed play well and showed some nice touches while halfback Melani Matavao enjoyed a dream run behind the pack.

Harbour have a big task this weekend as they are taking on third placed Southern who they drew with earlier in the year at Watson Park.

Harbour will need to start looking at depth as two more hawks Chucky Koroi and Sione Misiloi who both signed with Otago this week and most likely won’t be available for selection later in the year.

Melani Matavao heads off to Samoa this weekend and captain Charles Elton heads off to Europe on friday. Naulia Dawai is scheduled to be back for the match against AU.

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