Tawa College retained the Beard Trophy with a 10-6 win over Aotea College at Jerry Collins Stadium on Wednesday night.†
For those that can't wait until Saturday, there's plenty of rugby on Wednesday:
Quadrangular Tournament at Wellington College
Midday – Wanganui Collegiate v Christs College and 1.30pm – Wellington College v Nelson College
Traditional and WelTec Premiership at Rongotai College
1.30pm – Rongotai v St Pats Silverstream (@Rongotai)
Beard Trophy at Jerry Collins Stadium
6.30pm – Tawa defending against Aotea’s challenge
Paris Memorial Trophy Colts at Ngatitoa Domain
7.15pm – Tawa v Paremata-Plimmerton (catch-up match)
Matt Proctor (Oriental-Rongotai) and Ben May (Old Boys-University) are the two current Wellington players named in he Maori All Blacks squad. They play Fiji in Suva on Saturay 11 July and the New Barbarians in Auckland on Saturday 18 July.
UPDATE: Nelson College beat Wanganui Collegiate 30-7 and Wellington College defeated Christ's College 36-8 in day one matches. Wellington College is hosting the 2015 Quadrangular Tournament this Monday and Wednesday, featuring Christ’s College, Nelson College, Wanganui Collegiate and Wellington College.† Wellington College has had 33 wins, followed by Nelson with 18, Wanganui and Christ’s both with 14. Wellington College has won it 12 successive times since 2003, but this so far have their season has been modest. On Monday, Wanganui Collegiate and Nelson College meet at 12pm and Wellington College and Christ’s play at 1.30pm.
The 2015 Super Rugby final will be an all New Zealand affair at Westpac Stadium in Wellington next week between the home side the Hurricanes and visitors the Highlanders after both combined brawn with brains in beating Australian teams in their semi-finals. The Hurricanes beat the best defensive team in the competition, the Brumbies, four tries to nil, 29-9 at home, while the Highlanders engineered a second half rugby clinic to beat the Waratahs 35-17 in Sydney. Ticket details to follow.
Three Wellington clubs are holding their Old Timers' Days tomorrow. All past players and supporters are welcome at their clubrooms all afternoon and throughout the evening. These clubs being: Old Boys University, Northern United and Avalon Wolves.
Aaron Gage will play his blazer game of 100 appearances tomorrow for Wainuiomata against Wellington in their fourth round Jubilee Cup match. Gage made his starting debut for the Wainuiomata Premiers in 2009 and has played variously at flanker, No. 8 and at lock where he plays tomorrow.
The Hurricanes team to host the Brumbies on Saturday night in their Super Rugby semi-final has been named. See the side hoping to hold off the Horsemen†here†
Scots College takes on Lindisfarne College at 12.15pm and St Pat's Silverstream hosts Palmerston North Boys' High School at 1.30pm, in two mid-week First XV matches today. UPDATE: Scots College beat Lindisfarne 34-11 and PNBHS defeated St Pat's Silverstream 33-30.
Tana Umaga (Petone) has been named as the new Blues Head Coach. Former All Blackcs captain Umaga said it was an honour to take up the role with the Blues.“I am excited at the opportunity and of course understand there’s a big challenge ahead for us all,” said Umaga. “I know there are a lot of very good players signed on and I look forward to working with them. There’s no quick fix to turn things around. It is going to take a lot of very hard work which will be my focus. I want to let our performances on the field do the talking.”
Billy Wallace competition Best & Fairest points competition pacesetters after the fourth round of the Jubilee Cup are (Hardham Cup players not allocated points in the second round):
18 points: Adam Deck (Wellington)
17 points: James So’oialo (Tawa)
15 points: TJ Fermanis (Tawa)
14 points: Vaea Fifita (Wellington), Nick Grigg (Petone)
13 points: Joseph Scheres (Poneke)
11 points: Sheridan Rangihuna (HOBM), Fa’atonu Fili (MSP), Whetu Henry (Ories)
10 points: Issac O'Connor (MSP),
8 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Afa Fa’atau (Ories), Wes Goosen (OBU), Telea Seumanutafa (Tawa),
7 points:†Tyler Tane (Wainuiomata), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Norths), Pati Gaualofa (Tawa), Ambrose Curtis (Ories), Johnny Bentley (HOBM)
6 points:†Jordan Simpson-Hefft (Upper Hutt Rams), Api Naikatini (Norths), Valentine Meachen (MSP), Murphy Taramai (Upper Hutt Rams), Cameron Ross (Wainuiomata), John Monu (Wainuiomata), Mitch Clarke (OBU), Lester Maulolo (Petone)
5 points:† Luke Campbell (OBU), Alexis Time (HOBM), Piri Parone (Petone), Galu Taufale (Poneke), Greg Mullany (Poneke), Sam McNicol (Petone), Frae Wilson (Wainuiomata), Greg Foe (Poneke), Aukuso Tuitama (Ories), Sam Gard’ner (Wellington), Saimon Lomaloma (Ories),Danny Tusitala (OBU)
*Updates above are unofficial, and subject to change if inaccurate.†
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