It was a game of two halves as an injury changed Premier lineup took on an unbeaten Tawa side at Lyndhurst Park.
Playing into a gusty northerly in the first half, it was all Tawa for much of the half. Enjoying an abundance of territory and possession the home side jumped out to a 27-10 lead as the teams broke for oranges. On a positive note, the only decent foray into Tawa territory saw Marist halfback Ken Kapeli score his teams only try of the half.
With the wind at their backs, our boys played with more intent in the opening stages of the second half. Continued cynical play by the hosts was eventually recognised by the referee and yellow cards appropriately given. After sustained pressure, captain Isaac O'Connor went over to narrow the margin.
After conceding another try things started to look out of reach, but an excellent sideline run from winger Filipo Alefosio led his team 70 metres up field with Kapeli finishing it off for another try and narrowing the score to just five points.
Despite best efforts to get back down the other end, Tawa closed the game out to beat the Red Machine by 32-27.