It turned out to be the last Premier game of the season for Marist St Pats, but it was a memorable one with the team turning in a great performance against old foes Petone.
The first half was entertaining with the forwards putting on a show. Charlie Graham in his last game before moving to Auckland was outstanding with ball in hand, while Valentine Meachen kept Hurricane Brad Shields in check. Gabe Papuni was on debut and looked right at home - a real prospect for next season. Despite all the running rugby, the team only held a narrow 10-3 lead at oranges.
The second half was equally entertaining with the tries coming thick and fast. The forwards found easy yards in the mauls and Captain Peter Sciascia constantly kept Petone on their toes bagging two tries of his own. Perhaps the slickest try was to Andrew Wells who cut through the entire Petone team following a quick throw-in from Sciascia. The final score of 43-10 was well deserved by the home team.
Unfortunately results on the other side of town didn't go our way and we missed a semi final berth by one competition point. However the Evans Bay faithful will be encouraged by the efforts of a very young team, one that was ravaged by defections and injuries. All bodes well for 2014, the Red Machine will roll on - it always does!
Read the DomPost Match Report for their take, video recap below: