Poverty Bay retains Lochore Cup

Saturday, October 25, 2008    

Fullback Charlie Ngatai (18), who is still a pupil at Gisborne Boys' High School, scored two tries and set up a third and showed his class as Poverty Bay won its sixth consecutive match.

Poverty Bay scored tries in each half and had too much strength all-round for Horowhenua-Kapiti, which defended for much of the game.

Poverty Bay captain and first five-eighths Scott Leighton converted three tries to take his total of points for the union to 476.

Horowhenua captain and flanker James Oliver tried hard to rally his players, but they were comprehensively outplayed by the Poverty Bay tight five.

Poverty Bay struck early when fullback Ngatai crashed through three covering tackles to score after the ball was moved wide from a breakdown after five minutes. Leighton converted from near touch and the Bay led 7-0.

Horowhenua replied after 17 minutes when, from a cleanly-won lineout, left wing Seamanatafa made an incisive break in midfield and sent fullback Adam Vardey over in the corner.

Poverty Bay scored its second try three minutes before halftime when, after a sustained forward drive, openside flanker Brent Ingram crashed over in a tackle. Leighton converted and Bay led 14-5 at the break.

Horowhenua-Kapiti had had more than its share of territory and possession but it had struggled to penetrate a well-organised Poverty Bay defence.

Rain began falling at the start of the second spell but it did not deter Poverty Bay, which scored after just two minutes. Right wing Whai Craft-Chemis made a slashing diagonal break and linked with Ngatai whose clever in-pass allowed left wing Shane Leach to score in the corner and extend the lead to 19-5.

The Poverty Bay scrum became increasingly dominant and locks Willis Tamatea and Chris Bell were just denied tries as Horowhenua-Kapiti defended desperately.

It was all Poverty Bay now and it made the game safe 15 minutes from the end with Ngatai's second try. Leighton scooped up the loose ball and kicked downfield and Ngatai showed his pace to win the race to the ball over the line. Leighton converted and Poverty Bay led 26-5.

Poverty Bay 26
(Charlie Ngatai, 2, Brent Ingram, Shane Leach tries, Scott Leighton 3 conversions)

Horowhenua-Kapiti 5
(Adam Vardey try)

Halftime: 14-5.