Paraparaumu won the 2015 Horowhenua Kapiti Ramsbottom Cup final at Levin Domain on Saturday, beating rivals Waikanae 12-9. The final was decided on penalties, with neither side able to cross the other's tryline. It was 6-6 at halftime.
The Wairarapa Bush club rugby final is on Saturday, between Greytown and Gladstone at Memorial Park, Masterton. Read a preview here
Canterbury defeated Wellington 50-33 in an ITM Cup pre-season match at Rugby League Park in Wellingotn today. Canterbury were far too clinical for Wellington, racing to a 28-7 halftime lead. The home side played better in the second half, but Canterbury pulled clear.
Bay of Plenty Head Coach Clayton McMillan has named a side which holds a mixture of experience and youth for their first pre-season game against Auckland tomorrow at Whakatane’s Rugby Park. The side features eleven new caps, but also includes All Black Sam Cane who has been released to play prior to his anticipated return to All Black duty. McMillan states, “The team has come together well over the last few months and I expect an encouraging performance. Whilst a positive result in the pre-season fixture would be favourable, I am more interested in achieving the small goals we have set in the lead up to the ITM Cup, and to see some individual and collective intent in everything we do.” Culum Retallick and Carl Axtens will co-captain tomorrow's Steamers team, kicking off at 2.30pm
The Canterbury squad to contest the 2015 ITM Cup includes seven uncapped players. Cameron McIntyre rejoins the squad after nine years playing abroad, whilst Luke Whitelock is the captain. Canterbury will play two pre-season games, against Wellington and Counties Manukau ,both away. Read more here
Lincoln University beat Christchurch 24-19 on Sunday to claim the 2015 Canterbury Metro Division 1 Championship Hawkins Trophy. Lincoln led 12-0 at halftime. Lincoln also won the first round competition and completed an unbeaten season (one draw). In other Finals results, High School Old Boys defeated Sumner 65-7 to win the Plate and Linwood beat Burnside 42-41 to claim the Bowl honours.
Auckland were too good against Taranaki in the first ITM Cup pre-season match for both teams in Te Awamutu today.
Taranaki, who fielded a development team given most of the Super players are still on leave commitments, went down 22-8 with the amber and blacks only able to score one try to fullback Jackson Ormond.
There were positive displays by forwards Caleb Mawson, Mitchell Brown, Lachlan Boshier and Toa Halafihi. The backed struggled to put anything together and made plenty of mistakes in the first half. The second spell looked a bit more promising for Taranaki but Auckland snuck through for a few easy tries.
Their next pre-season match is against Counties Manukau on Otrohonga next weekend.
Several ITM Cup and Heartland unions are holding their club rugby finals today. Club Rugby will carry a written round-up of these on Sunday, including an extended report on the Auckland Gallaher Shield final. To contribute with news and information or photos please email email@example.com .
New Plymouth Boys' High School have made it three wins from three matches in the Super 8 competition beating Napier Boys' High School 41-12.
New Plymouth play Rotorua away next weekend and Napier play Plamerston North in the Polson Banner clash on Wednesday.
Meanwhile Francis Douglas Memorial College suffered a loss to Fielding High School 64-12 in Feilding.
Francis Douglas didn't start well at all being down 36 points in the first 20 minutes.
This weekend Te Puke Sports will not want to fall short at the final hurdle against a structured and determined Tauranga Sports side. Tauranga Sports on the other hand have stepped up a gear following their only loss of the season and will be out to upset the home crowd favourites and triumph where it counts.The final is being played at Murray Salt Stadium, kick off at 2.45pm. The two clubs also meet in the Baywide Development final in the curtain-raiser at 12.30pm.