The first half was immensely tight, with both teams defending staunchly. Trent Taiaroa scored after multiple plays on the five metre line finally breaking through the Mangere defence. Just before half time an interception by Mangere saw both teams going into the break with 1 try each.
The second half saw King’s raise the tempo of the game and finding themselves rewarded for their efforts. Four unanswered second half tries and a watertight defence from King’s saw them take the title. Tries were scored by Piki Mihinui, Tinirau Rairi, Aidan Morgan and Ali Leiataua.
Housemaster and Teacher in Charge of Touch, Kevin Putt says this is an exciting result for the King’s side.
“Our performance is particularly encouraging considering our side is composed of relatively inexperienced players whose athletic capabilities have far exceeded those of other teams in the competition.”
This was an outstanding performance by the talented King’s side who will compete in the regional competition next Monday, facing off against the top teams from Auckland West, East and Central, Counties and Northland.