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Otahuhu Ellerslie defeated the Glenora Bears, 30/22, at Trust Stadium Waitakere today.
The Bears were in the game all day but failed to capitalise on several scoring opportunities to nail their visitors. There is little between these teams and Otahuhu Ellerslie was just a little more hungry on the day.
The Bears posted first points through a penalty converted by young second rower, Scott Jones. They followed up with a try to loose forward, Simon Ieremia, to put them in front 6/0, around thirteen minutes in. The Otahuhu Ellerslie opened their account at the twenty minute mark through a try to Sialii Tufeau that was converted by Corey Wetini.
Warrior, Hame Lauaki, crashed through for the Bears and Jones added the extra two points. Thirty minutes in and Otahuhu Ellerslie levelled it up at 12 all. Sione Nuilia grabbed a converted effort with minutes left in the half. The Bears got a handy penalty just on the hooter, that Jones converted, and we went to the break at 18/14 to the visitors.
That had been a good forty minutes of football and I spent the break pondering on why both of these teams are not higher on the table.
Otahuhu Ellerslie extended their lead early in the second dig, with an absolute scorcher of a try to full back, Paul Atkins - where has this guy been, disappeared off the radar, but I?m happy to report he?s back and he?s firing. Aniseto Iole crashed through in a cracker for the Bears. 22/18 and this game is anyone?s.
The Bears began to tire and, despite having their opportunities, they were taking wrong options and the Otahuhu outfit took their chances. Two further tries, including a second to Atkins, took them out to a 30/18 lead. The Bears scored a consolation on the hooter to finish it up at 30/22.
Game Postponed Due To Closure Of Auckland Airport
Canterbury Bulls vs Wellington Rugby League Park, Christchurch