Former Tonga and Wellington Lions halfback Tomasi Palu (Old Boys University) made a winning debut this weekend for the Doncaster Knights against Jersey in the English Championship [second tier] Division. Doncaster came back from an 8-17 deficit to win 23-17 and record the team's second victory to start the season after beating Plymouth Albion in their opener without Palu.
Former Wellington College, Northern United and Wellington Lions excitement machine Buxton Popoalii was forced to retire from all rugby earlier this season owing to his ongoing heart condition, aged 24. Now he's turning his hand at coaching, and will be co-coach of his Dunedin club Green Island in 2015. He'll be hoping to turn their fortunes around, Green Island having finished last this year.
Former Northern United and now Wellington Axemen loose forward Dean Brunsdon will start for the Wellington Lions at blindside flanker when they take on the Canterbury Lambs in Christchurch on Friday night. The Lions also welcome a new halfback-first five-eighth combination with Sheridan Rangihuna (HOBM) and Jackson Garden-Bachop (Norths), while Matt Proctor (Ories) returns from injury to centre as does Ross Filipo (Petone) at lock. View the team here
As part of their preview to today's crunch Wellington Lions v Auckland ITM Cup match, the Dominion Posts talks to Tawa loosehead prop Tolu Fahamokioa here
Points awarded in the Jubilee Cup final were: 3 to Steven Bradshaw (HOBM), 2 to Chase Tiatia (HOBM) and 1 to Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata). The final Billy Wallace Best & Fairest competition points table for 2014 is (note Hardham Cup players aren't awarded points in the second round):
22 points: Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
19 points: Chase Tiatia (HOBM)
15 points: Isaac O'Connor (MSP)
14 points: Vaea Fifita (Wellington)
12 points: Isaia Petelo (MSP)
11 points: James Proctor (Ories), Greg Mullany (OBU)
10 points: Parataiso Silafai-Leaanaa (HOBM)
9 points: Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Sam Blair (Tawa), Josh Hrstich (Petone), Tolu Fahamokia (Tawa), Greg Lealofi (Wainuiomata), Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata),
8 points: Nick Grigg (Petone), Fa'atonu Fili (MSP), Pau Halafihi (Ories)
7 points: Galu Taufale (Poneke), Taniela Manu (Upper Hutt Rams), Paulo Aukuso (Ories), Ardie Savea (Ories), Josh Robertson-Weepu (Wainuiomata)
6 points: 10 players on 6 points.
|Upper Hutt Rams||8||3||4||1||118||131||4||16|
|OBU Onslow Bunnies||8||0||7||1||86||178||5||5|
|OBU Onslow Spartans||8||0||6||2||43||208||2||2|
|Marist St Pats||7||4||3||0||196||159||3||19|
|Upper Hutt Rams||7||3||4||0||148||198||4||16|