Henham Park was the venue today for the Mad Butcher Fox Memorial match between the Otahuhu Leopards and the Te Atatu Roosters.
The first half of the game was marred by terrible ball control by both sides. We had had some quite heavy rain in the morning in Auckland but nothing like enough to cause the amount of spilled ball that occurred. The first try of the day, however, was an absolute cracker of an intercept to the Roosters number 5.
That was to be the high light of the half. The Roosters went on to score another three tries with the home side replying once.
18/6 at the break and Te Atatu deserved their lead. Their defence was strong and their ball retention was much better than the home side.
The second half was a huge improvement. The Roosters scored early in the second dig but a much more committed and determined Otahuhu side pulled the score back to 22/14 at one stage about mid way through the half.
The Roosters, however, were to prove too strong though, scoring another three tries to one to the home side to run out winners 38/20.