Whakarewarewa drilled an injury-time penalty to snatch a dramatic 31-29 win against Tauranga Sports.

The evenly balanced matchup between the two sides provided the crowd of supporters at Tauranga Domain with a nail-biting 31-29 finish.

A strong performance from Whakarewarewa's forwards saw the team's first try in the ninth minute by No 8, Pauli Asaeli.

Whakarewarewa continued to show strength in the first half with prop Tom McHugh getting the ball over the try line in the 18th minute.


An intercept and fast legs from Tauranga Sports winger Emoni Narawa saw the home team gain their first try after 25 minutes, and eight minutes later Narawa scored a second.

With a missed conversion and a successful penalty kick from Tauranga Sports, the score sat at 15-14 to the boys in blue and yellow.

Seven minutes into the second half Tauranga Sports were a player down after a yellow card and Whakarewarewa scored another try in the 18th minute.

It was try for try throughout the second half as Tauranga Sports flanker Beau Williams got the ball over the try line in the 67th minute.

Whakarewarewa scored their final try after 71 minutes with Tauranga Sports second five Tyrone Keith answering back with a try two minutes later.

It looked as if the home side had done enough to win the game with a score of 29-28, until a penalty kick from halfway saw Whakarewarewa first five Ryubyn Vaipo secure the win for the visiting team.

Vaipo showed consistency throughout the match, successfully converting every try and nailing the penalty after the match went into extra time.

Despite the loss, Tauranga Sports will go forward into the semifinals next week as they sit higher on the leaderboard and Whakarewarewa's season looks to be over.

Whakarewarewa coach Boxer Smith said he was proud of his team.

"They've worked hard as a collective this group and I'm just super proud," he said.

Smith said the dramatic penalty kick finish was a full team effort as the forwards did well to lay the platform and the backs tried to finish off where they could.

"Our set piece was strong and we probably won the collision area, the contact zone. It was a good game between two good sides."

Tauranga Sports coach Euan Mackintosh said the positive of the game was the side only needed to gain one point to be guaranteed a spot in the semifinals, and they gained two.

"When we play well we play really well but when we drop off and make stupid mistakes we kill a lot of momentum.

"Obviously nobody likes losing so we need to have a look at what causing us problems still and build on it next week," Mackintosh said.

He said Whakarewarewa did exactly what he thought they would do and credited the side for claiming the win.

"They came out and they threw it to us. They took their opportunities and they played with their hearts on their sleeves which is what we expected."

The final standings for the round robin will be confirmed by the Bay of Plenty Union on Monday.

Farmlands Co-operative Baywide Club Rugby Results

Premier 1

Whakarewarewa 31 Tauranga Sports 29
Te Puke Sports 51 Greerton Marist 12
Te Puna 57 Rotoiti 5
Mount Maunganui Sports 36 Rangataua 28

Premier 1 Development

Tauranga Sports 53 Whakarewarewa 10
Te Puke Sports 31 Greerton Marist 12
Te Puna 99 Rotoiti 0
Mount Maunganui Sports 47 Rangataua 27

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Te Teko 34 Marist St Michael's 17
Rangiuru 40 Waikite 5
Arataki 30 Ngongotahā 15
Ōpōtiki 34 Whakatāne Marist 17

Premier 2 Development

Marist St Michael's 10 Te Teko 7
Rangiuru 41 Waikite 10
Ngongotahā 27 Arataki 19
Whakatāne Marist v Ōpōtiki — Ōpōtiki win by default

Division One
Paroa 26 Waimana 7
Judea 26 Kahukura 13
Ruatoki 40 Murupara 17
Poroporo 50 Pāpāmoa 19

Division Two
Reporoa 25 Matatā 8
Katikati 32 Edgecumbe 14