On a blustery night at Porirua Park, Marist St Pats remained unbeaten in 2014 but only just (video recap below). After opening the scoring with an clever try to Isaia Petelo off a deft Fa'atonu Fili special, Wainui then regained composure to dominate the first half. Some spectators might have concluded that the Red Machine were lucky to be down by just three points at oranges - particularly having been on the receiving end of a harsh penalty count.
The coaches half time pep talk did wonders as the team sparked into life early in the second stanza with two electric tries to Andrew Wells and Ryan Setefano respectively. When a Wainui player received a yellow card with ten minutes to play, it looked like MSP would close out the game, but the inspirational captain for the green and blacks, Shahn Eru had other things in mind. He stormed his team up field to score his third try of the match and take the lead.
Now facing a five point deficit and only minutes to go, dynamic flanker Isaac O'Connor stole the ball at the kick off to spur his forward pack forward. After rumbling to within metres of the try line a snappy pass from Peter Sciascia put O'Connor in on the corner to tie the game at 30-all.