It wasn’t the massacre that the Vodacom Bulls’ fans had feared, but the defending champions, the Hurricanes, still had way too much class to come under threat, winning 34-20 in their Vodacom Super Rugby match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. SCORERS: Hurricanes – tries: Jordie Barrett, Ngani Laumape, Wes Goosen, Mark Abbott, Leni Apisai. Conversions: Otere Black (2) Jordie Barrett. Penalties: Black. Bulls – tries: Duncan Matthews, Nic de Jager. Conversions: Tian Schoeman, Tony Jantjies. Penalties Schoeman (2). The Hurricanes head to Perth to play the Force in their next match.
Vaea Fifita (Wellington Axemen) is set to start at blindside flanker for the Hurricanes against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria this weekend. Regular blindside Brad Shields (Petone) is retained at No. 8. The Hurricanes have met the Bulls 19 times in Super Rugby, winning 10 of those matches. The most recent was in 2015, when they snuck home 17-13 in Pretoria. The match is at 1.05am Sunday NZT. Read more here
Visit Photos above to see a selection of photo galleries from the weekend. More being loaded soon.
It’s been a whirlwind last nine months or so forplaymaker Cheyne Copeland and the St Mary’s College rugby team, finishing runners-up at the NZSS Top 4 Girls 15-a-side finals, winning the Wellington American Ambassador’s 7s tournament (that’s the senior club rugby 7s title), capturing the NZSS Condor 7s title, retaining the Sir Gordon Tietjens 7s crown and capping it all off a fortnight ago by being crowned world champions at the Sanix 7s tournament in Japan....Read more here
Club Rugby's thoughts today are with the family, friends and teamates ofWellington Axemen Colts player Daniel Baldwin passed away yesterday evening. Daniel had been in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital since Saturday after collapsing during a match at Ngati Toa Domain last Saturday. The collective thoughts of everyone in the Wellington rugby community are with the Baldwin family and the Wellington Football Club at what is an extremely difficult time for everyone involved in our game. The New Zealand Rugby Foundation, New Zealand Rugby and the WRFU have offered their full support to the Baldwin family and offered counselling to other parties affected by this tragic accident.
Ories beat MSP in their catch-up Colts match tonight. After four completed rounds of the Paris Memorial Trophy competition, the points table is: Petone 20; Ories 16; OBU 11; Tawa 10; MSP 9; Poneke 6; Norths 6; Upper Hutt Rams 2
The Dominion Post has covered the 10th round of the Swindale Shield. Read their reviews of the games here
The HOBM Howlers defeated the OBU Bunnies 12-5 in a tight struggle at Alex Moore Park on Friday night in their third round JC U85kg clash. Meanwhile, a second scheduled Friday night club rugby contest between Ories and MSP in the Paris Memorial Trophy at Te Whaea had to be called off prior to kick-off owing to some of the lights being out at the ground. New on the re-schedulement of this match is forthcoming.
Wellington College's first XV will take a patient approach to the season as they look to blood a host a new players. The defending WelTec Premiership champions have just 10 players returning from last season and went through their pre-season with losses to Francis Douglas Memorial College (32-22), Feilding High School (38-29) and Hastings Boys' High School (50-10). But they rallied well on Saturday to open the Tranzit Coachlines First XV Festival with a 19-13 win over Gisborne Boys' High School. Read more here
Former Petone midfielder Nick Grigg, now playing for the Glasgow Warriors, is set to make his debut for Scotland in their June internationals against Italy in Singapore, Australia in Sydney and Fiji in Suva. Read more here
The Billy Wallace Trophy Best & Fairest competition is awarded on a 3,2 and 1 basis by Dominion Post reporters after each game.
Best & Fairest frontrunners after round 12 of the Swindale Shield (Update Monday morning: no points awarded for Marist St Pat’s v Paremata-Plimmerton in round 12 – to be confirmed and updated if these are made known)
15 points: Hemi Fermanis (Tawa)
14 points: Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
12 points: Cole Stewart (Poneke), Lester Maulolo (Petone)
11 points: Antony Fox (Northern United)
10 points: Parekura Lalaga (Northern United), Sam Gard’ner (Wellington)
8 points: Ben Peni (Avalon)
7 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Isaac O’Connor (Marist St Pat’s), Mike Ioapo (Northern United), Sheridan Rangihuna (Hutt Old Boys Marist)
6 points: Adam Deck (Oriental-Rongotai), Mike Buckley (Marist St Pat’s), Pepesana Patafilo (Tawa), Chris Middleton (Northern United), Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Brandyn Laursen (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Cameron Ross (Wainuiomata), Joe ‘Apikotoa (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Johnathan Fuiaomaono (Old Boys University)
5 points: Will Mangos (Old Boys University), Sam Coventry (Old Boys University), Peter Sciascia (Marist St Pat’s), Alex Ropeti (Oriental-Rongotai)), Alex Ropeti (Oriental-Rongotai), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Aukuso Tuitama (Oriental-Rongotai), Jacob Gooch (Petone), Karl Dunelow (Oriental-Rongotai), Jack Ross (Petone), Teariki Ben Nicholas (Old Boys University), Dale Sabbagh (Old Boys University), James Coburn (Tawa), Michael Sage (Poneke)
4 points: Nine players on 4 points
The 2016 frontrunners were:
18 points: Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa)
16 points: Greg Foe (Poneke), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Tomasi Palu (OBU)
15 points: Wes Goosen (OBU)
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