It was almost a frat day of footy at the Hikurangi Rugby Club, as a farewell to the League season. In its ‘almost’ final event for the year,there were three cracking games of League. The Inaugural “Frings Trade of Origin” certainly bought out a festival environment bringing a healthy crowd to Hikurangi to watch trade against trade and mate against mate.
Carter Holt Raiders v ITM Rosvall
The first game saw the Carter Holt Raiders defeat the ITM Rosvall team, a topsy-turvey game that saw the lead change several times. It wasn’t until the final minutes that saw RLN Development Officer, Joe Rau, run 80 metres, to score under the posts and covert his try to secure a 26 – 22 win. Rau qualified to play for the Carter Holt team as an ex-employee.
Scott Electrical Sparkies v Placemakers Builders
In the second Frings Trade of Origin fixture, the Scott Electrical Sparkies evened the ledger with the Placemakers’ Builders, with a convincing 38 – 16 win. This was the second game in their three match series, the Builders won the first encounter 40 – 16 which see both teams put everything on the line for the 3rd and final match (date and time TBC). It was a massive turnaround for the Sparkies, with the difference being more attention to detail, as they recruited the services of Northland personality, Lee “Goldie” Tuson to Coach. They were also fortunate to have new apprentice sparkie, and Hikurangi Stags flyer, Joachim Edmonds as the hero in the team, who scored four tries.