PREMIER RESERVES TOO GOOD FOR SUBURBS

The Ponsonby Premier Reserves remain unbeaten this season after their latest victory which was achieved over Suburbs last Saturday.

Played at Western Springs Stadium, the Ponsonby side were too strong for the visiting side, scoring eight tries in the 49-17 rout.

Ponsonby went about their work right from the start, denying the visitors any possession and after a prolonged period of pressure an attack the first try was scored by Pale Pasina, who crossed in the left hand corner.

The Suburbs restart failed to go the necessary ten metres, and from the Ponsonby scrum feed on the halfway mark the side worked hard, forwards combining well with backs, and a 50 metre sweeping move was finished off by Joel Joshi-Smith.

Straight away Ponsonby went back on to the attack, and what followed was an impressive 80 metre in which the ball was handled by almost every man in the side. The move eventually went close to the Suburbs line, and Wilson Lavelua crashed over beneath the posts. The try was converted by Willie Gibbons, and Ponsonby had raced out to a 17-0 lead after just 16 minutes play.

Indications were that Ponsonby would run away with this match, but Suburbs rallied and applied enough pressure to earn a penalty. They opted to kick for goal, however the attempted kick struck the left hand upright, catching the Ponsonby side unawares. The attacking Suburbs players were on hand to claim the rebound, claiming possession and eventually scoring.

Soon after, Epati Pasina scored Ponsonby’s fourth try, crossing in the left hand corner, which saw the score advance to 22-5 in Ponsonby’s favour.

Before the break Suburbs added two further tries, one of which was converted,

Ponsonby had the last say in the half, with Willie Gibbons goaling a penalty taking his side to the break at 25-17.

In the second spell Ponsonby crossed for four further tries. The first was scored by replacement fullback Robert Sanele who showed some real determination to get to the line.

The remaining tries were scored by Cody O’Neill – his first fro Ponsonby, then by hard working flanker Ji Young Lee, and finally by Lolomanaia Saulala.