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A try to Waikanae in the last 10 minutes sealed Rāhui’s fate as they sought to progress through to the Horowhenua-Kāpiti premiership finals. Rāhui players are Joel Winterburn (No 7), Teariki Peneha and Morehu Connor-Phillips (on the ground).

Photo: Ian Carson
 

Ōtaki’s Rāhui Rugby Club had teams in the semi-finals of the Horowhenua-Kāpiti premier and senior B competitions on Saturday (July 13), but both teams failed in their bid for a finals spot. 

The premiers were beaten 26-21 by Waikanae at Waikanae Park, and the Bs lost to Levin College Old Boys in Levin 34-17. 

MAULED: Rāhui senior B  
forwards wrap up Levin College Old Boys in a maul at Levin Domain. From left, Mardi Pritchard (No 16), Mardi Pritchard, Maaka Gair-Houia, Michael Hunt, Charles Donaghy and Wiremu Cook. Photo courtesy of Levin COB 

The Rāhui premiers were confident going into the semifinal after beating Waikanae the week before at Ōtaki, storming back from 20-10 down at halftime to win 37-25. Although ahead 21-19 with less than 15 minutes to go in Saturday’s semifinal, they couldn’t retain the lead, offering too many penalties and failing to control the ball at crucial phases.

The Rāhui B team had a tough encounter with Levin COB. They were in contention for the first half, scoring some enterprising tries, but COB ground out a 34-17 win in the second half to book their place in the finals. 

Waikanae play Foxton in the premier final, and COB play Paraparaumu in the B final, both at Levin Domain on Saturday, July 20. 

Rāhui derailed on road to finals

 
 
 

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