Tāmaki claim 5th consecutive win

By Rahia Timutimu

Defending champions, Tāmaki Makaurau, made the final again in the Rohe section and were playing for their fifth consecutive title at the competition.

Tāmaki Makaurau, were the clear favourites from the start.

They've won this competition for the past four years.

It only took the current champs a minute before Tyme Nikau crossed the line to score Tāmaki's first try.

After 10 minutes of play, Tāmaki found the touch line four more times proving rain wasn't a factor with tries being successfully converted.

The defending champions had more to offer, opening up the defence line once again for Tane Rapira to score just before half-time.

Tāmaki sat comfortably 28-nil at half-time.

In the second half, it looked like it was going to be a one-sided game when Tāmaki scored first in the second half.

But Te Māhurehure came back from behind with Brad Clarke scoring on the right wing.

In the closing minutes, Te Māhurehure managed to sneak in another two more tries.

But Tāmaki had the last say, scoring under the posts to win the Rohe title for the fifth consecutive time.

Final score: 38-14.

Tāmaki player Tama-te-Rerewa Koopu was proud to say, “Every game, we always make a comeback, regardless of who they might be or where they come from.  We always play our best against any team.”