Akarana 20s hosted a weakened Upper Central Stallions 20s at Bruce Pulman Park in South Auckland. Akarana outclassed the visitors beating the Stallions 76 nil.
The Stallion’s defence was under pressure for the majority of the first half. Akarana was relentless in pressure taking every opportunity to put points on the board. Akarana scored six back-to-back unanswered tries through Elam Payne, Louise Dehar Webster on the edge, Joshua Tanielu, Esom Ioka, Robert Davis and Doux Fiatau-Kauhiva. Akarana went to the sheds with a large early lead over the Stallions 34 to nil.
Akarana’s barrage of tries continued into the second half, more tries scored from Akrana’s Davis with his second try of the match, Seeti Kuresa-Tovao, Waikare Ratima, Dehar Webster scored his second, and Sebastian Su’a. With less than ten minutes to go, Akarana’s Tanielu and Fiatau-Kauhive both score their second. Tyson Davies scored the last try of the match for Akarana.
Akarana kept the Stallions out of the match successfully to put on a masterclass and secure their spot in the final. The final score to 76 – 0 to Akarana. The National 20s final will be held next weekend, Saturday April 16 at Mt Smart Stadium.
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