Afa Fa'atau (Oriental-Rongotai) and Murphy Taramai (Upper Hutt Rams) set the scene by scoring the first two tries in North Harbour's NPC pre-season 64-10 home win over Northland on Friday night. Read more here
With a twinkle in his eye, a grin as wide as his sidestep, and pace and skill to kill, Damian McKenzie has taken Super Rugby by storm this year, and is now gearing up for the biggest game of his career in Saturday night's Super Rugby semifinal against the Hurricanes in Wellington. The 21-year-old dynamo has been the architect of so many Chiefs attacks this year, featuring so brilliantly in their up-tempo game, among the competition's best in several stats categories, and is coming off a man-of-the-match 25-point haul in the quarterfinal win over the Stormers in Cape Town. Read more here
Congratulations to OBU Bunnies player Matt Hall-Smith who is set to play his 100th match for this team tomorrow at Nairnville Park against Eastbourne in the Paul Potiki Shield U85kg Division 1 competition. Hall-Smith started playing for the team in 2011 and has rarely missed a match since.
Congratulations to Northern United midfielder Siaosi Anamani for reaching the milestone of 150 Premier club rugby appearances when he took the field late in the match against Petone. Anamani, a former NZ U19 and Manawatu NPC player, will come off the bench in tomorrow's Hardham Cup semi-final against Petone at Porirua Park
Francis Douglas Memorial College beat traditional foes St Bernard's College of Wellington 77-12 in New Plymouth yesterday.
The homeside got out to a 43-0 lead at the break with three tries coming within the first 10 minutes of play.
St Bernard's defence lacked throughout the game, however they managed to score two tries in the second half as their structure improved.
Francis Douglas wing Chris Balsom scored two tries in the win.
The three Women's representative teams for 2016; the Wellington Pride, Wellington Pride Development, and Wellington Under 18 Girl's, have been named today. New to the Women's representative programme this year is the Wellington Pride Development team. This team has been established to help support the Wellington Pride, and will allow players on the cusp of selection play regular representative rugby. Read more and view the teams here
Visit Photos above to view several new photo galleries from the weekend of rugby just played. Hardham Cup, Jubilee Cup and Super Rugby photos this week.
The top-qualifying Hurricanes will next weekend host the Chiefs in Wellington, while the defending champion Highlanders will travel to Johannesburg for an encounter with the Lions in next weekend's Investec Super Rugby semi-finals. Read more here
UPDATE: Six recent Wellington club rugby players have been named in this year's Bay of Plenty Steamers National Provincial Championship (NPC) squad, including Luke Campbell (Old Boys University) as one of three contracted halfbacks and Ruki Tipuna (Poneke) as another. The other four Steamers NPC players in 2016 are prop Solomona Sakalia (Marist St Pat's), lock Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata), loose forward Henry Stowers (Wainuiomata) and outside back Chase Tiatia (Hutt Old Boys Marist). Wellington plays BoP at home on 16 September.
From the stats desk. The Hurricanes are poised to become just the second New Zealand team to notch the milestone of 150 Super Rugby wins if they can prevail over the Sharks tomorrow night. The number of wins of each NZ franchise thus far is: Crusaders 200 wins (in 299 matches), Hurricanes 149 (278), Blues 148 (278), Chiefs 146 (279) and Highlanders 134 (279). Community rugby is. of course, where its at, but good luck to our four Super Rugby teams in the quarter-finals!
Billy Wallace Trophy points after the Swindale Shield and the seventh round of Jubilee Cup in 2016 are below. Note: Best and Fairest points are no longer given in Hardham Cup matches:
16 points: Greg Foe (Poneke), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Tomasi Palu (OBU)
15 points: Wes Goosen (OBU), Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa)
14 points: Peter Umaga Jensen (Wainuiomata), Whetu Henry (Ories),
13 points: Pakai Turia (Poneke), James So’oialo (Wellington)
11 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Greg Mullany (Poneke), Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
10 points: Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Peter Sciascia (MSP), Roy Kinikinilau (Ories)
9 points: Ben Peni (Avalon), Penijamini Nabanivalu (Wellington), Fa'atonu Fili (MSP), Randall Bishop (Tawa)
8 points: Perry Hayman (Norths), Pati Gaualofa (Tawa), Isaia Petelo (MSP), Sefo Aumua (Avalon), Finnbarr Kerr-Newell (OBU), Alex Dazell (Wellington), Issac O’Connor (MSP), Greg Lealofi (Wainuiomata)
7 points: Daven Candy (OBU), Grant Robson (Paremata-Plimmerton), Matt Peni (MSP), James O’Reilly (HOBM), Waiariki Koia (Wainuiomata)
6 points: Paddy Hughes (Wellington), Sean Hay (Ories), Levi Harmon (Poneke), Asafo Aumua (Avalon), Galu Taufale (Poneke), Luke Tau’alupe (Ories), Mike Buckley (MSP)
5 points: James Ford (Wellington), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Jack Ross (Petone), Ope Peleseuma (HOBM), TJ Fermanis (Tawa), Josh Robertson-Weepu (Wainuiomata), Glen Angus (Wainuiomata)
4 points: 16 players on 4 points
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|Upper Hutt Rams||7||2||5||0||177||241||5||13|
|Marist St Pats||7||1||5||1||109||254||3||9|
|Marist St Pats||9||7||2||0||211||160||5||33|
|Upper Hutt Rams||9||5||4||0||263||208||6||26|
|Upper Hutt Rams||8||0||5||3||71||179||3||5|
|Marist St Pats||8||2||5||1||144||217||3||11|
|Marist St Pats||4||3||1||0||174||73||3||15|
|Upper Hutt Rams||4||0||4||0||20||216||0||0|