Back to earth with a thump

After an outstanding performance last week, MSP were blasted off Porirua Park by a raging gale and a Norths whirlwind and went down 31-10 on 23 June (see video highlights below).

A poor refereeing display didn't help the cause either, but Norths ended the game in full control, scoring a bonus-point try on fulltime.

Porirua Park was in top condition and MSP started the game brightly enough into the northerly. The adventurous young backs were keen to attack but wasted several clear-cut scoring chances.

Norths, however, took their chances and powered over for two first-half tries. The sin-binning of second-five Isaia Petelo after 30 mintues proved both a mystery and costly, and all MSP could muster during the half all MSP was a lone Fa'atonu Fili penalty.

Although down 19-3, that deficit wasn't insurmountable with the wind at their backs in the second half. When Ryan Setefano lost the ball when diving for a try in the first two minutes, the signs were promising. However, a powerful Norths shove demolished an attacking MSP scrum and several minutes later the home side scored at the opposite end of the park.

Fullback Andrew Wells finally dotted down for MSP after 58 minutes from chasing through a long Fa'atonu Fili kick, but Norths had the last say with a try in the corner.

After poor displays against Petone and Norths and a top display against HOB Marist in the past three weeks, MSP will be seeking a lot more consistency in the remaining five games of the Jubilee Cup round.

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