Ponsonby head into the 5th Round of the Premier competition facing Pakuranga at Bell Park on Saturday afternoon.
The blue and blacks will be brimming with confidence after their spectacular 40-33 win over Grammar-Tec last Saturday, a match in which they showcased some outstanding attacking qualities and some resilient defence.
Pakuranga on the other hand will be determined to show that their performance in previous match, against Eden, was nothing but a hiccup in their season. Pakuranga trailed Eden by 17-14 at halftime, and despite being outscored by five tries to four, they managed to salvage a 31-all draw.
Ponsonby played Pakuranga in the opening round of the Waka Nathan Challenge Cup back in March, Pakuranga being the victors by 37-17.
And in the round robin section of the 2016 season, Pakuranga have had a mixed start, with two wins, and a loss and a draw recorded against their name. In the opening round they beat Otahuhu by 100-7, then lost to College Rifles, then produced a variable 33-26 win over Te Papapa-Onehunga.
Ponsonby played Pakuranga once in 2015, in the opening round of the Alan McEvoy Memorial Shield competition on the 30th of May. Played at Western Springs, Ponsonby led the visitors by 17-15 at halftime, and then trailed by 25-22 going into the final quarter, but dug deep to produce a satisfying 44-25 victory. Ponsonby last played Pakuranga on their homeground in March 2014 in the Waka Nathan Challenge Cup, Ponsonby coming away with the bragging rights after a hard fought 32-23 win.
Ponsonby start this match with the same XV which performed with distinction against Grammar-Tec in the previous round.
The Premiers feature on the main ground at Bell Park at 2.45pm, whilst the Premier Reserves play in the curtain-raiser, kicking off at 1.00pm.
1. Alex Matapo; 2. Willie Uili; 3. Marco Fepu’leai; 4. Leo Ngahe; 5. Jamie Lane; 6. Anthony Diack; 7. Waha Waitohi; 8. Presley Tufuga; 9. Campbell Woodmass; 10.William Talataina-Mu; 11. Freedom Vaha’akolo; 12. Keenan Masina; 13. Pryor Collier; 14. Danny Tusitala; 15. Charlie Hubert;
16. Romero Tagi; 17. Junior Halafuka; 18. Chanel Vito; 19. Willis Hopwood; 20. Laki Tiatia; 21. Patrick Tausie; 22. Joseph Beckett