St Paul's College continue to set the pace in the SAS College Rugby League premier division and sit atop the secondary schools competition ladder following their 22-4 win over Mt Albert Grammar School at Grey Lynn Park yesterday (Wednesday July 5, 2017).
The defending champions have had a successful campaign so far, winning three of their four games played in the championship rounds with one draw against traditional foes, Kelston Boys (12 all).
Mt Albert have had just one win in the championship division and sit fourth on the ladder behind Kelston and Southern Cross.
It was a game fought largely in the middle of the park which took 12 minutes for points to be scored.
A dart from close range gave St Paul's hooker Lewis Sio the opening try. Halfback Jaelin Murray converted to lead 6-0.
Mt Albert displayed some gritty defence, but eventually the repeated sets wore them down allowing the home side to cross for another two to take an 18-0 lead at the break.
Settling into the second half, all the momentum sat with St Paul's which saw second rower Christian Tuipulotu storm over for another. The kick went wide leaving it at 22-0.
Finally holding onto the ball and making use of their edges, some simple passing out wide gave Mt Albert centre Kayal Iro the opportunity to score. An unsuccessful conversion left them trailing 4-22.
With 10 minutes left on the clock there was still time to add to the board, but the wet and windy conditions left both sides unsettled with ball control leaving St Paul's to claim a 22-4 victory at full time.
St Paul's College 22 (Mike Williams, Antonio Aufai, Lewis Sio, Christian Tuipulotu tries; Jaelin Murray x3 goals) Mt Albert 4 (Kayal Iro x1 tries) HT: 18-0.
In other games, Kelston Boys took care of Papatoetoe 40-0. Avondale edged past Wesley 26-18 in the Plate division, while Papakura and Pakuranga had successful wins over Lynfield (16-6) and James Cook (22-10) in the Senior A grade.
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St Paul's 22 Mt Albert 4 HT: 18-0
Kelston Boys 40 Papatoetoe 0 HT: 16-0
Southern Cross 30 Aorere 0 (by default)
Western Springs 30 Manurewa 0 (by default)
Avondale 26 Wesley 18
Westlake Boys bye
Lynfield 6 Papakura 16 HT: 6-12
James Cook 10 Pakuranga 22 HT: 6-6
Sir Edmund Hilalry 18 Avondale 24 HT: 4-12
St Paul's v Southern Cross TBA
Manurewa v Aorere (default)
Onehhunga v Henderson (default)
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