Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
The Mt Albert Lions started their Mad Butcher Fox Memorial campaign in winning style today at Grey Lynn Park today, defeating the Richmond Bulldogs, 42/28.
Richmond got off to a great start, scoring off their first set, through Hooker, Delane Mackie. Twenty five minutes into the half and they were ahead 14/0, with another try to Mackie and one to Winger, Boyd Davis, as a direct result of a 40/20 kick.
Lions Prop, Paulo Tenesili, claimed first blood for the visitors and Mt Albert were back in the game. Bulldogs Centre, Fred Prescott scored but the Lions came back with tries to Half Back, Jack Noble and Winger, Meki Taufoou, to tie it up at 18 all. A try, on the hooter, to Stand Off, Ben Faamausili saw the break at 22/18 to Richmond.
For three quarters of the first half, Mt Albert had showed little sense of purpose and no sense of urgency. A change of personnel on the field, though, had them firing well. The game was anyone's.
If the first half had belonged to the Bulldogs, the Lions well and truely owned the second half. Mt Albert Full Back, Savi Hafoka, scooted through for one. Losi Vaigafa grabbed another for the Lions. Richmond Loose Forward, Val McDonald, replied for the home side to make it 28 all, but that was to be the last scoring movement of the day for the Bulldogs.
Tries to Willie Sorenson, Meki Taufoou and Fale Talaepa took us out to the final score.