Close battle as rugby division split looms

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IN FORM: Whakatane’s Shem Clarke scored one of his team’s nine goals against Ngongotaha on Saturday. File photo D5129-053

PAROA are hanging on to a top-eight spot in spite of a Baywide premier division loss on Saturday.

They were defeated 33-22 by competition leaders Te Puna in the round seven match at Lawson Park.

Paroa led 15-13 at halftime, but the visitors scored four tries in the second half to secure their fifth win of the season.

Paroa now head into a crucial part of their season. They are eighth on the points table and one more win might be enough to stay in the top flight when the teams split into championship divisions in three weeks.

The top eight will form the premier one division after round 11 and Paroa’s match with 10th-place Greerton Marist this Saturday could decide what competition they will play in for the back half of the season.

Paroa are a point behind seventh-placed Rotoiti, but that is where it gets a little messy.
Rotoiti and Paroa played last week, but 20 minutes into the game a Rotoiti player suffered a significant injury and the delay in removing the player from the field forced the game to be abandoned.

With the two sides battling in the same space, shared points will suit the team in the higher position while replaying the game gives the lower-sitting team a better chance.

Their fixture may be played during the week of the final round. The championship rounds are scheduled to start on June 3.

Poroporo recorded one of their better results of the season, losing 38-14 to Te Puke.
Whakatane Marist were well beaten 62-22 by Greerton.

Waimana shook up the first division as they upset Opotiki 46-29. It was Waimana’s second win of the competition since making the step up to Baywide rugby this year.

Opotiki have had back-to-back losses after of a disrupted schedule in the previous weeks.

In spite of the loss, Opotiki remained in third place while Te Teko have claimed fourth place after an impressive 29-6 win over Judea.

Unbeaten Ngongotaha have a massive seven-point lead at the top of the table after shellacking Rangiuru 90-10.

Ruatoki just missed out on a bonus point after losing 26-18 to Kahukura.

Meanwhile the Bay of Plenty secondary school competition began on Saturday. Playing in the first division, Trident High School had a 26-19 win over Tauranga Boys College second XV.

In division two, Whakatane High School beat Tauranga’s third XV 21-19. Tarawera High School were 42-0 winners over Reporoa College in the third division.

Eastern Bay rugby results

  • Baywide premier

Te Puke Sports 38-14 Poroporo
Te Puna 33-22 Paroa
Greerton Marist 62-22 Whakatane Marist

  • Baywide premier development

Te Puke Sports 93-7 Poroporo
Te Puna 41-7 Paroa
Greerton Marist 75-7 Whakatane Marist

  • Baywide division one

Te Teko 29-6 Judea
Waimana 46-29 Opotiki
Kahukura 26-18 Ruatoki

adyn.ogle@whakatanebeacon.co.nz

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