Last Saturday afternoon the Premier Reserves maintained this season’s unbeaten run with a resounding 41-5 win over the University Reserves.

Played at Colin Maiden Park, the Ponsonby side were dominant in all facets of play, crossing for seven tries, whilst conceding only one.

Ponsonby dominated the opening minutes of play, and were unlucky not to score early on. Eventually they found some space and a clever pass from Pale Pasina saw winger Doug Halley race to the corner for the opening try.

After a lengthy injury break, Tyrone Ngaluafe has made a welcome return to the backline of the Premier Reserves side. He was making his presence known in the opening stages of this game, and he showed some tremendous strength and determination on a 25 metre surge to the line, carrying several defenders with him before he crashed over.

A set move from a Ponsonby scrum feed that was executed with precision saw Doug Halley score his second try of the match in the 26th minute, which Willie Gibbons converted, advancing the Ponsonby lead to 17-0.

Turning after the halftime break Ponsonby immediately went onto the attack, resulting in Andy Varoy charging over. Gibbons again converted, taking the score to 24-0.

Just four minutes later Ponsonby went into attack mode. A promising move down the right wing by fullback Jordan Ngamata-Poi, complete with a superb dummy, before offloading to Aleni Ropati who scored in the right hand corner.  

In the final quarter of the match Ponsonby led by 29-0, and substitutions from the reserves bench added extra impetus.

Two of the replacements combined to record Ponsonby’s sixth try of the afternoon. From a scrum five metres out from the University line, halfback Roger Tuamoheloa ran wide linking with Epati Pasina on the right wing who crashed over in the corner.

Into the final ten minutes of the match, and University found a gap in the usually Ponsonby impenetrable defence, scoring out wide.

Just before the final whistle sounded, some decisive running by Tyrone Ngaluafe resulted in Epati Pasina recording a double. Jordan Ngamata-Poi added the extra two points, rounding off a satisfying victory.

The Premier Reserves are back at Western Springs next week hosting the Suburbs opposites.


Tries: Doug Halley 2, Epati Pasina 2, Tyrone Ngaluafe, Andy Varoy and Aleni Ropati

Conversions: Willie Gibbons 2, Jordan Ngamata-Poi