The Ponsonby Premiers kicked off their Alan McEvoy Championship campaign in style last Saturday with an emphatic demolition of Grammar-Tec by 57-10. Ponsonby paved the way for the victory with six first half tries, four being scored by Jordan Trainor from fullback, putting them ahead by 40-10 at halftime.
From the get-go Ponsonby played the game at a frenetic pace, which Grammar-Tec struggled to match or control. The Ponsonby pack were ruthless and dominant, with Connor Halangahu appearing to have the better of his opposite in the scrum and in the breakdown.
Rocky Khan was relishing being back in the blue and black jumper, and his superb skills were causing endless mayhem for the intended Grammar-Tec defenders. Khan was a key component in several of the Trainor tries, providing the spectators with some genuine entertainment.
Taina Fox- Matamua is impressing in each appearance, and he joined the scoring sheet with two tries.
The message from the Grammar-Tec coaching team at the break would have been stern, but they were kept scoreless by Ponsonby, and were unable to prevent the blue and blacks from scoring three further tries in the second spell – two to Patrick Tausie and one to Tili Puloka.
Ponsonby will now focus on next Saturday’s assignment when they will host University at Western Springs Stadium. University edged past Eden by 17-11 in a very physical encounter in last week’s round. Ponsonby and University have done battle on two occasions so far in 2018, and Ponsonby have been the victors in both matches.
Tries: Jordan Trainor 4, Taina Fox-Matamua 2, Patrick Tausie 2 and Tili Puloka
Conversions: Jordan Trainor 5, Rocky Khan