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Tukapa go back to back in Taranaki rugby
Adrian Wyrill saved the day for Tukapa scoring when time was well and truly up to help Tukapa win back-to-back Taranaki premier club rugby titles beating Coastal 17-14. Before Wyrill’s patient effort, Tukapa were camped inside Coastal’s 22m area for 10 minutes pounding away at the line phase after phase trailing by 17-10. At this point Coastal were a man down as flanker Blake Barrett was yellow carded for slowing the ball down close to the line. Tukapa elected to take a scrum and Wyrill was able to squeeze between the defence to score which was welcomed by great celebration from the players and a strong crowd...More
New Zealand club rugby round-up for 15 July
Club rugby competitions in the 14 Men’s NPC provincial unions are now in their concluding stages for 2017 season, with some semi-finals and finals this weekend. Congratulations to Marist in Southland and Tukapa in Taranaki for winnin their respective Premier competitions.  For Heartland Championship club rugby results read here Auckland College Rifles 39 – Pakuranga 12Ponsonby 36 – Grammar TEC 26University 40 – Manukau Rovers 8Eden 23 – Suburbs 21 Suburbs won the Alan McEvoy Shield, while the Gallaher Shield semi-finalists have been found...More
Aisle be back: The third Test and Super Rugby returns
9.36pm Saturday, I text my partner: We drew!She: Will they play another game?Me: Yes! In twelve years time . . . So before we start the countdown, here are some random observations. No doubt you'll have your own. The Lions were a very good side. For that to happen is little short of a miracle, and a huge compliment to all involved.They were not a great side, but they had a wonderful stickability, a fair dose of flair, and clearly came up with a pre-tour strategy that they stuck with and bedded in...More
Tukapa and Coastal to fight for Taranaki Premiership title
Above: Tukapa captain Mitchell Crosswell has led Tukapa to their second final in two years with a tight win over Spotswood United. A penalty to Jayson Potroz with five minutes remaining sealed the deal for defending champions Tukapa who march through to the Taranaki Premiership finals beating Spotswood United 16-15 at Sanders Park. Tukapa will face Coastal at Yarrow Stadium next weekend with Coastal showing dominance all over the park to beat Southern 25-8 in the other semi-final in Rahotu. Tukapa 16 v Spotswood United 15 In the closest match of the two, both Tukapa and Spotswood United worked very hard in challenging ground conditions as torrential rain an hour and a half before kick-off flooded areas of New Plymouth’s CBD and left puddles all over the field...More
New Zealand club rugby round-up for 8 July
Club rugby competitions are hurtling towards their conclusions for the 2017 season, with semi-finals and finals starting next weekend. For Heartland Championship club rugby results read here Auckland Alan McEvoy Memorial ShieldUniversity 23 - College Rifles 22 Ponsonby 37 - Pakuranga 19Suburbs 28 - Manukau Rovers 12Eden 43 - Grammar TEC 12 Suburbs have a one-match buffer at the top of the table after round 13, with University leaping to second with their win over College Rifles. Bay of Plenty Baywide Premier 1 Tauranga Sports 24 - Greerton Marist 22Te Puke Sports 20 - Mount Maunganui 12Rangataua 62 - Whakarewarewa 17Rotoiti 29 - Te Puna 20 Te Puke have leapfrogged Mount Maunganui at the top of the standings with one round to play before the semi-finals...More
Taranaki semi-finals will be tight this weekend
Tukapa’s Leighton Price attempts to ground the ball in last year’s final against New Plymouth OB. Price has been a key player for Tukapa. The top four has been known for the last week or so, but it only came to light who was going to play who and where after the final round of matches last weekend. There was a little bit of movement though after the final round with Spotswood dropping to fourth after losing to Coastal which meant Southern moved to third. Tukapa and Coastal were too far ahead for their home play-offs to be threatened...More
Aisle be back: The second Test
Sometimes I don't recognise my own country. Not that that is a bad thing. In days gone past, Sonny Bill Williams would have been wise to take a month's holiday overseas. Instead, he's posting video tweets of his daughter cracking up over fart jokes and TV sports hosts are cooing with delight. Now I know you don't have to scratch the surface too much to find the SBW haters. I mean I took a while to warm to the guy (or more probably his offloads). I wouldn't put the relative calm down to some new-found collective maturity, although there's probably a bit of that...More
Aisle be Back: Lions on tour in Wellington
Above: The British and Irish Lions training at Jerry Collins Stadium earlier this week. Photo by Dave Lintott Photography  What a fantastic game on Tuesday night - but what else would you expect in the home of the best Super rugby team on the planet. The match itself has rather been overshadowed by the controversial bits - BOD 2017, and the Geography Six.So let's just dial out some of the noise, and make a few points:- That somewhat disrespected Hurricanes pack more than stood up - and at times was edging the Lions pack...More
 I Played the Lions: Simon Tremain (1993)
June 22, 1993, Hawke’s Bay are running rampant against the British and Irish Lions. Ahead 19-17 after reversing a large halftime deficit the stage is set for Simon Tremain’s seminal moment in the black and white hoops.   "The Lions had a lineout close to our try line. The ball was lobbed to the back and palmed several times by multiple players attempting to win it. Eventually the ball tumbled to ground and I was the first one to anticipate the bounce, grasping the ball against my chest and diving over the line for a try which ultimately won us the game...More
 New Zealand club rugby round-up for 24 June
Club Rugby competitions are fast heading towards the playoff rounds. New Zealand Men’s NPC provinces Premier club rugby results below at a glance. For Heartland Championship club rugby results read here Northland Old Boys Marist are the clear leaders at the top of the Premiership standings, with a group of teams hunting the other three upcoming playoff berths. Western Sharks 24 - Hikurangi 12Kamo 29 - Horahora 22OBM 54 - Mid Western 7Waipu 25 - Mid Northern 22Wellsford beat Otamatea by default North Harbour Frontrunners Northcote and Massey won their round 13 matches, while third and fourth placed Silverdale and Takapuna both kept in touch with another bonus point win...More
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