By Taromane Martin
SEMI-FINALISTS for the 2018 Fletcher Kwaimani Man-Up rugby 15s challenge are confirmed following the final pool matches played over the weekend.
Final pool matches played on Saturday saw competition hosts Henderson HammerHead Sharks defeating TIA Warriors 34-5 while Diesel picked up their first points in the competition with a 19-13 second half comeback win over Islanders.
HammerHeads proved too much for TIA Warriors to establish a comfortable 22-5 at the break.
Competition leading points and try scorer Jeffery Siria was kept quite in the competition with HammerHeads defence keeping a tight knot on him.
Second half substitute Jack Akao added two more tries in the second half for HammerHeads before Philemon Campbell sealed the win with the final try thanks to a brilliant team build up play for the win.
It took patience and determination for Diesel in the final day of the pool games as they came back in the second half to beat a degenerated Islanders side on Saturday.
Islanders led 6-0 at the break through two Eddie Sanga converted penalties but saw their team spirit crumbling at the break after a disagreement between players and their official during half time.
Diesel clawed their way back to led 7-6 through a converted try. Three minutes later it was 14-6 after another converted try but saw Islanders fighting back with a converted try of their own to trail 14-13.
Islanders was forced to make four substitutions with 10 minutes to play only to see Diesel extending their lead with a late unconverted try for the win.
Following Saturday’s matches, semi-final matches for this weekend sees Henderson HammerHead Sharks taking on TIA Warriors while Diesel is set to meet Islanders in the second semi-final match at the DC Park rugby field.