Crushing defeat for Ngongotaha (+video)

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Ngongotaha Chiefs' player Tai Pelesasa and his side suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Hamilton City Tigers at the weekend. PHOTO/BEN FRASER
Ngongotaha Chiefs' player Tai Pelesasa and his side suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Hamilton City Tigers at the weekend. PHOTO/BEN FRASER

All is not well in the Ngongotaha Chiefs' camp according to manager Andrew Taylor after they suffered a hefty defeat on Saturday.

Ngongotaha lost 62-6 against top of table side Hamilton City Tigers at home after being 26-6 down at half-time.

Taylor was disappointed with his side, who only touched down for one try scored by Harlem Lea tigaga-Angell, and said they were "outplayed in every area".

"I don't think you'd be able to print some of the things that were said after our defeat," he said.

"Everyone is very disappointed at the club. It was frustrating because we had a full strength squad, but our communication really let us down.

"There were far too many errors and we let them score about three soft tries. Yes they had sharp backs but we shouldn't have let them spin the ball so wide to their wingers.
"There is a very flat feeling at the moment. It wasn't good enough and I know we can play a lot better."

However Taylor did say there was some form redemption in Angell's try having lost 72-0 in the reverse fixture.

"At least we did get over the line. And I have to say Harlem finished off a very nice team move. But there weren't many other positives to pick out."

It was always going to be a difficult game for league strugglers Ngongotaha as Hamilton City Tigers came into the game unbeaten in the Waicoa Bay premiership.

Taylor thought the side may have been affected by having less game time than their opponents after last weekend's clash against United was cancelled - after they had won their previous fixture 32-30 against fellow league strugglers Turangawaewae.

"We have been looking to get some momentum behind us after our recent win, so it was very unfortunate about the United fixture," he said.

"Maybe less game time showed against Tigers who were ready to go from the off.

"Now we must focus on picking ourselves up. We will perform better and we will work through this to get as many wins on the board as possible before the end of the season."

Meanwhile, Pikiao also suffered a heavy away defeat - losing 60-16 to Pacific Sharks.

Results:
Waicoa Bay Premiership
Ngongotaha Chiefs 6 Hamilton City Tigers 62
Pacific Sharks 60 v Pikiao Warriors 16
Taupo Phoenix 38 Otumoetai Eels 16
United 24 Turangawaewae 20
Taniwharau - Bye
Waicoa Bay Reserves
Central Lions 16 Hamilton City Tigers 12
Pacific Sharks 28 Pikiao Warriors 20
Reporoa Razorbacks 24 Otumoetai Eels 54
United 24 Turangawaewae 56
Taniwharau - Bye
Bay of Plenty/ Coastline Division 1
Papamoa Bulldogs 26 Tauhara Te Maunga 38
Taneatua Warriors 20 Mangakino Hawks 32
Putauaki Stags - Bye

- Rotorua Daily Post

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