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Takapuna rugby signals it’s a championship contender

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Celebrations… as Moses Leo scores for Takapuna in its 24-11 away win over arch-rivals North Shore last Saturday. Photos by Keeley Watson.

Centre Moses Leo scored two tries in Takapuna’s 24-11 win over North Shore at Vauxhall Rd last Saturday.

The win illustrated the closeness of the competition once again, with any of the top five sides in the running to take out the truncated championship.

Takapuna coach Aaron Katipa said with the condensed season the side was still trialling four or five players in a young side which had an average age of 21.

Match-winner… Moses Leo is congratulated by his teammates

But it still has a bit of experience on hand – with veteran 1st-five Jon Elrick coming off the bench with 15 minutes to go and kicking a sideline conversion.

“Jon will be coming off the bench late in the game for us this year… who else would you want to come in late in the game when things get tight?” Katipa said.

Takapuna has a bye again this weekend and then plays Marist.

Standing room only at last Saturday’s match

This article originally appeared in the 7 August 2020 edition of the Rangitoto Observer.

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