The Pasifika Aotearoa Cup prepares for the final weekend
allblacks.com 17 Apr 2014 NZR
The grounds are roughly 2km east of Mount Wellington and right near Pakuranga heights.
Entry will be free, and some entertaining rugby will take place around facilities including six fields, brilliant views of the Tamaki Estuary and of course the famous club rooms known as the 'Tamaki Pavillion'.
There will also be plenty at stake, with the New Zealand Sevens, Black Ferns and local coaches keeping a keen eye on talent at the ground.
Round three of the Pasifika Aotearoa Cup drew a healthy crowd to Marist, with the host club providing great grounds and views of the water, the day was set for another awesome Saturday of rugby.
The Auckland Tongan team faced an Auckland Samoa side that is running hot.
Despite moments of ferocious defence from the Tongans, this was not enough to contain the Samoans with former Black Fern Fa’anati Aniseka and Manu Sina rep Bella Milo each scoring a hat trick of tries.
Team mate and black fern captain, Fiao’o Fa’amausili made her debut in the tournament, making a huge impact around the field.
Also making her tournament debut, Northern Region Maori player and New Zealand Women's Sevens rep Portia Woodman showed speed and skill to cross the line five times and in also setting up a number of tries.
The ever improving Counties Manukau Cook Island team struggled to keep up with the rampant Northern Region Maori team, who put on a strong display of running rugby.
In the under 19s competition, Auckland Samoa overcame a Northern Region Maori side that showed great determination to cross the line twice. 14 year old Samoan half back, Telesia Fa’asavalu had a very strong game.
In the other match, the Counties Manukau Cook Island side showed vast improvement in scoring early in the game to lead 7 – 5 however it was always going to be difficult to contain the Auckland Tongan side once they had ball in hand.
Round Three results
Auckland Samoa 40 (T.Fetalaiga, M.Fineaso-Levi, T.Fa’asavalu, H.Leaitaua 2 tries, 2 con)
Northern Region Maori 10 (C.Riddie Vai try, J.Matagia)
Auckland Tonga 36 (O.Poloniah 2, T.Falefa, K.Mapa 2, S.Hasiata, N.Ofa 2 con, M.Faukava con)
Counties Manukau Cook Island 7 (G.Uluiburto try, M.Finau con)
Auckland Samoa 61 (C.Scanlan, F.Fa’amausili, A.Itunu, J.Manaia-Luatua, N.Aniseka 3,B.Milo 3 tries 4 con, 1 pen)
Auckland Tonga 0
Northern Region Maori 106
Counties Manukau Cook Island 0
Round Four / Finals
Saturday 19th April
Auckland Marist Rugby Club, Auckland
U19 Girls 3rd & 4th
Cook Islands vs Northern Region Maori
Opens Women’s 3rd & 4th
Cook Islands vs Papatoetoe Rugby Club
U19 Girls Final
Auckland Tonga vs Auckland Samoa
Open Women's Final
Auckland Samoa vs Auckland Tonga
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