By Adam Blackwell
Right from the get go Kapiti were on the front foot, they claimed their own kick off, and a penalty lead to them kicking it into the corner. This set up a lineout on the 5 meter line and they created a rolling maul which was quickly halted by the OBU forwards, but a couple of pick and goes later Kapiti went over for the opening try. This put Kapiti up 7-0 after only a couple of minutes.
Only a few minutes later a kick that went deep into OBU territory couldn't be handled and Kapiti had a scrum 10m out from the OBU line. OBU showed some stern defence initially to hold out Kapiti but after a few phases Kapiti eventually barreled over for their second try. 14-0 to Kapiti after 10 minutes.
After about 15 minutes what were reasonably dry conditions started to turn as the light drizzle started to get heavier. Kapiti were still controlling possession but some good work from Tevita Tau’alupe and Raymond Schuster led to a turnover after they wrapped up the ball and held the Kapiti player up. This led to an attacking scrum on halfway which set up OBU’s best phase of attack so far, but they got a bit to close to the sideline and were bundled into touch just inside the Kapiti 22.
Rain continued to fall and the underfoot conditions were becoming soggy, but OBU were building phases and working hard to get back into the contest. The OBU side had now been camped in the Kapiti half for a good 10 minutes enjoying most of the possession but they couldn’t capitalise due to some loose passes and handling errors in the increasingly cold and damp conditions.
OBU looked like they were now settled into the game but whenever Kapiti got the ball they looked deadly. Kapiti were then unlucky to not add to their lead after a try was disallowed due to double movement. But their pressure was too much as they broke down the sideline to score and push the lead out to 19-0 at the half.
Kapiti had the better of the first half but it was still very much a contest heading into the second period. OBU coach Iafeta Matalasi must have brought a big team talk to go along with the oranges because his team came out of the halftime break fired up. Their increase in intensity showed as they once again applied pressure in the Kapiti 22. Unfortunately, much like in the first half they couldn't make anything of it and the score remained 19-0.
OBU were then caught napping after a penalty on halfway, as Kapiti took a quick tap and broke away down the left edge. After many phases they eventually rumbled it over with the forwards to push the score to 26-0.
OBU were now really chasing the game and as they tried to run the ball out of their own end they were forced into touch only 10 meters out from their line. This set up another Kapiti lineout drive and the boys from up the coast were too hard to stop, 31-0 after 75 minutes.
Just before full time OBU finally got some reward for all their hard work. Kapiti had a scrum on half way but a bad pass from their first five ends up on the ground and it was kicked ahead by Raymond Schuster of OBU who showed his speed to beat two players to the ball and scored under the posts. A well deserved try for their efforts. Full time 31-7 to Kapiti.