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Manurewa Marlins run riot in opening round of Auckland Women’s Premiership

Results from the 2020 Farrelly Photos Women’s Premiership (First Division) and Championship (Second Division) competitions.

PREMIERSHIP:
Manurewa 48 defeated Mt Albert 0

Ricshay Lemanu scored four tries, and veteran rake Krystal Rota was a standout performer in her Manurewa return, as the Marlins Wahine won big over Mt Albert. Manurewa had three players from their junior female system make their Premiership debut in the victory.

Richmond 18 lost to Papakura 24
Papakura edged past Richmond in a rematch of last year’s Premiership Grand Final. Up 18-12 at the break, Papakura did enough to go on with the job in a second half where both teams scored a try. Harono Te Iringa was among the standouts for Papakura in her Premiership debut.

Ponsonby – BYE

CHAMPIONSHIP:
Te Atatu 52 defeated Glenora 8

Defending Championship winners Te Atatu got off to a flying start for season 2020 with a big win over neighbouring Glenora. Mollie Tagaloa and Karli Hansen both scored doubles, with the latter also kicking several conversions. The match was also former Kiwi international Joe Vagana’s first as coach of Te Atatu.

Otahuhu 36 defeated Otara 20
A huge first half effort set Otahuhu up for victory over Otara at Bert Henham Park. Otahuhu led 22-4 at the break, and despite a comeback from the Scorpions in the second half, held on for a comfortable win. Carnetra Potter and Jeyla Ropati both scored doubles on debut for Otahuhu, while NRLW star Maitua Feterika was a standout performer as well.

Manukau 42 defeated Pukekohe 12
The Magpies held Pukekohe scoreless for the second half of their match at Moyle Park to record a big win. Salote Too’ofohe scored a hat-trick for Manukau, who led 26-12 at the break.

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