Te Puke Sports Nick McCashin recorded the perfect 12, converting all twelve of his side’s touchdowns, as Te Puke swept aside Whakarewarewa 84-12 in Te Puke on Saturday.
Playing his 50th game for the Te Puke club, McCashin added to his perfect conversion record on the day, scoring two tries to give him a personal tally of 34 points in the match.
Te Puke opened the PGG Wrightson Baywide game at pace, against the Rotorua team who were struggling for numbers and led 42-7 at halftime.
New Zealand Sevens player Jack Wilson continued on his try scoring spree with his second four try bag in the last month, with John Corbett, Nathan Harris, Andy Lee, Gideon Uelese, Mike Flood and Troy Scott grabbing a touchdown apiece.
The Whaka points came from a try apiece to Chris Miller and Chanze Perham with Maurice Stone adding a conversion.
Tauranga Sports, put together a superb first half performance against Rotoiti at the Tauranga Domain, running in seven first half tries to lead 47-nil at the break.
Tauranga centre Jeremy Cave added to an outstanding season grabbing four tries, with Nick Thomson running in three touchdowns in the twelve try romp.
The two huge wins to Te Puke Sports and Tauranga Sports cemented their home semi-finals in two weeks - while Rotoiti who were sitting in third place on the standings, receiving a real setback in their quest to reach the post section.
Opotiki, who along with Te Puna (and Rotoiti) are the other sides in contention for the last two play-off spots, went agonisingly close to improving their standing, when they were beaten by Mount Maunganui 21-20 in the Western Bay of Plenty.
The Eastern Bay visitors roared into action, with Te Amo Wilbore grabbing a try in the opening minute of what was a bruising encounter.
The home side came back with touchdowns to Chris Elvin, Sam Hughes and Greg Pleasant Tate, before Bobby Sharpe crossed for Opotiki’s second try, to give Mount Maunganui a 21-14 lead at half time.
Two second half penalties to Opotiki kicker Te Amo Wilbore, weren’t quite enough as the visitors to Blake Park were beaten by a solitary point.
Te Puna made hard work of getting past cellar dweller Waikite in Rotorua, eking out a narrow 19-15 victory to move them into third place, with just one round remaining in the round robin competition.
While both Greerton Marist and Rangataua had dodged the relegation bullet entering their match-up at Greerton Park, they two Western Bay sides put on a torrid battle before Greerton emerged with a 40-29 victory.
Kahukura and Te Teko, took significant steps to joining Rangiuru and Paroa in the Division One playoffs, when the both posted wins on Saturday. Te Teko rebounded form recent indifferent form to defeat Marist St Michaels 65-28, with Kahukura made to work hard by Ruatoki before grabbing a 19-3 victory.
Rangiuru cemented their place at the top of the table with a hard fought 36-24 win over Ngongotaha, Whakatane Marist remained a outside chance to make the Division One semi-finals running over Reporoa 70-nil, while Paroa re-inked second place defeating Poroporo 43-13 in a Eastern Bay local derby.
The Colts title race is wide open, after Te Puna provided Tauranga Sports with their first defeat of the championship round. In the curtain raiser at the Tauranga Domain, Te Puna got home 21-18 in game that went down to the wire. Defending Colts champions Te Puke got back into post section contention when they got past Greerton Marist 22-13 at Greerton Park, with Mount Maunganui receiving a default victory over Marist St Michaels.
Tauranga Sports and Te Puna sit at the top of the point’s ladder with a solitary point back to Mount Maunganui. Te Puke Sports will join the three front-runners for the McIntosh Shield if they defeat Tauranga Sports next weekend.
PGG Wrightson Baywide Rugby Results 14 July 2012
Mount Maunganui 21 (Chris Elvin Sam Hughes, Greg Pleasants Tate tries; Matt Golding 3 con) Opotiki 20 (Te Amo Wilbore, Bobby Shaw tries; Te Amo Wilbore 2 pen 2 con) HT 21-14
Tauranga Sports 78 (Jeremy Cave 4, Nick Thomson 3, Josh Hall, Rhys Davies, Philip Togo Togo Rua, Nick Evemy, Lewis Hancock tries; N Evemy 7 con, Andrew Burke 2 con) Rotoiti 5 (Take Cunningham try) HT 47-0
Te Puna 19 Hautonga Connell, Chad Tuoro tries: Darrell Houia 3 pen) Waikite 15 (Hamu Hudson, Tomoana Wijohn tries; Scott Thompson pen con)
Te Puke Sports 84 (Jack Wilson 4, Nick McCashin 2, John Corbett, Nathan Harris, Andy Lee, Gideon Uelese, Mike Flood, Troy Scott tries; N McCashin 12 con) Whakarewarewa 12 (Chris Miller, Chanze Perham tries; Maurice Stone con) HT 42-7
Greerton Marist 40 (Brendan McKeown 2, Karl Perrot, Cameron Bennett, Ignacio Silva, William Bedford tries; Blair Tristram 5 con) Rangataua 29 (Josh Pettet, Brad Flutey, Barry Parkinson, Rueben Potaka tries; Adam McGarvey 3 pen)
Points Table: Te Puke Sports 75, Tauranga Sports 66, Te Puna 52, Opotiki 50, Rotoiti 49, Mount Maunganui 43, Whakarewarewa 42, Greerton Marist 25, Rangataua 19, Waikite 9.
Division One: Kahukura 19 Ruatoki 3, Rangiuru 36 Ngongotaha 24, Whakatane Marist 70 Reporoa 0, Te Teko 65 Marist St Michaels 28, Paroa 43 Poroporo 13.
Colts – Section One: Te Puna 21 Tauranga Sports18, Te Puke Sports 22 Greerton Marist 13, Mount Maunganui won by default – Section Two: Waikite 52 Kahukura 26, Whakarewarewa 41 Rotoiti 15.