For the second week in a row, our Premier Men have come from behind to win on Evans Bay Park and stay unbeaten in the Swindale Shield.
After taking an early 3-0 lead, it was one-way traffic - in the wrong direction from a Marist St Pats perspective. Oriental-Rongotai scored two unconverted tries to take a 10-3 lead into the half time break. A penalty to James Proctor followed by another Ories try saw the home side trail by 15-6 after 60 minutes.
Missed conversions for the Magpies kept the Red Machine in the game and when Meinrad Fitisemanu crashed over the line at the 70 minute mark it was game on at 15-14. Three minutes later winger Tuga Mativa intercepted the ball on his own 22 metre line and dashed 70 metres to break the hearts of his former club. A penalty from Andrew Wells with a minute to play sealed a victory at 23-15 for Marist St Pats.
Earlier at Polo Ground, our Premier Women put in another strong performance against defending champions Oriental-Rongotai. Trailing 7-10 at the half time break, they fought hard all game but ultimately fell by 17-27.