Sunday, March 19, 2006

Hampstead vs Burnham

Very glad to report that we had a good, clean win this week down at the Burnham Military Base.

The boys came together well in the forwards even though passages of the first 20min were a little disjointed. Burnham opened up with some promising good hard running but some good attacking play and tactical kicking lead by captain courageous, Siola Fifita, kept us camped inside the opposition twenty-two.

After a disallowed try touched down by Christmas, Siola then crossed for the first points with a spearing dart between the Burnham centres.

Flankers Canadian Dave and Satisi Taufa were solid in defence and as always Lua was a cement truck with the brakes disabled.

I did get my first try in NZ, very glad to get one before the season started. Classic situation, short ball off Outside Centre Steve Paese 40m from the line..

The game finished 12-5 as the wind was strong down the centre and the second half turned into a defensive marathon. New recruit
Brian Parsons (BP) had a sure footed run in the second half showing signs of promise for what looks like a very smooth backline.

Back in the clubhouse the Burnham cooks supplied a quality greasy meal to satisfy the hungers and we watched the Brumbies falter to the Blues. Indeed paying the price for sending Giteau to the Commonwealth Games.

Anyway, photos below.

1. Scrum time
2. My Bodyguards - Simone and Lua
3. Rakaia Hotel on the way home.. nice.



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