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20 August: Scots College in Gisborne this Saturday
Scots College travel to play Super 8 school Gisborne Boys' High School this Saturday in one semi-final of the Hurricanes region seconddary school championship. The other semi-final pits Palmerston North Boys' High School against Hastings Boys' High School in the other. The final for the right to contest the National Top Four tournament is in Palmerston North the following weekend.
18 August: Lower Grade semi-final results

There three sets of lower grade club rugby semi-finals on Saturday, these being:
Vic Calcanai Memorial Cup (Colts Division 2): Poneke 41 - Upper Hutt Rams 33 and Wainuiomata 24 - Kapiti Colts 22
Eric Connolly Memorial Cup (Colts Division 3): Upper Hutt Rams 33 - Tawa 22 and Johnsonville 43- Rahui 3
Johnsonville Centennium Cup (Reserve Grade Division 1): Poneke Ruffnuts 27 - OBU Therapists 20 and Upper Hutt Rams J8s 18 - Petone Brotherhood 6

Also U85 kg semi-finals coming up this Saturday. The MSP Blues have qualified top for the Division 1 Paul Potiki Shield and the HOBM Eaglets have qualified first for the Division 2 Moody Cup. More details to come.

18th August: 18 August: Photos from Saturday
Several new photo galleries have been added, and at least one more to come soon, of the weekend's club and representative rugby action. Click on Photos above for more.
17th August: 17 August: Wellington U19s win in Masterton

In heavy conditions at Memorial Park in Masterton on Saturday, the new Wellington U19s had their first warm-up match for October's National U19 Tournament against Wairarapa-Bush Development, winning 51-0. Scoring nine tries to nil, Wellington played a strong first 40 minutes, but fell off the pace in the second spell, having taken a 34-0 lead at the turn.

The scoring in the game began two minutes from the start, with a total of six tries scored at regular intervals before Wellington turned to play into the wind. The home team were noted for their determined defence overall and a territorial advantage in the second half. However, the combination of pace and structure from the visitors determined the final outcome.

Wellington will be disappointed at a large number of tackle penalties conceded in the second-half, which disrupted the overall flow of an otherwise entertaining game.

15th August 15 August: Taiso off to Melbourne
15th August: 15 August: Taiso off to Melbourne

HOBM Jubilee Cup winner Parataiso Silafai-Leaanai has departed for Melbourne, Australia. He is exploring opportunities abroad.From Silverstream where he played alongside Tomasi Alosio & Ope Peleseuma he debut for the Eagles in May 2010, in all he has played 65 games for the Eagles. We wish him all the best.

15th August: 15 August: NZ Marist Colts at Petone on Saturday
The New Zealand Marist Colts side is playing a match tomorrow at the Petone Recreation Ground against a combined Marist St Pat's and Hutt Old Boys Marist Colts team. Kick-off is at 12.30 pm. The Senior 1 Ed Chaney Cup final between Petone and Poneke follows at 2.30 pm. 
15th August: 15 August: St Catherine’s win in a thriller
St Catherine’s College are the Wellington Premier girls champions, edging Porirua College 24-22 in a thrilling final last night at Te Whaea. In the Division 2 match before it the margin was even narrower with Bishop Viard winning 27-26 over Kapiti College.

14th August: 14 August: Six Wellington players in Bledisloe Test
The All Blacks team to play the eagerly-awaited opening Bledisoe Cup Test match of the Investec Rugby Championship this weekend has been named, featuring six Wellington players in the 23. Dane Coles (Poneke) is at hooker, TJ Perenara (Norths) is reserve halfback, Ma'a Nonu (Ories) and Conrad Smith (OBU) form the midfield and Julian Savea (Ories) and Cory Jane (Upper Hutt Rams) are the wings.
14th August Lloyd, Fahamokioa in Lions
14th August: Lloyd, Fahamokioa in Lions
Upper Hutt Rams lock Christian Lloyd (with ball in hand) and Tawa prop Tolu Fahamokioa are two players named this morning in the Ricoh Wellington Lions' first ITM Cup match-day squad of the year, against Waikato on Saturday. More details here
13th August: 13 August: Keith Quinn launches website
Wellingtonian Keith Quinn has been a rugby fan, commentator and writer for 50 years. Visit and bookmark his new website at http://www.keithquinnrugby.com/ for his news, views, trivia, and stories from around the rugby world.
12th August: 12 August: Women's NPC draw released
The 2014 Women's NPC draw has officially been released by the NZRU. The nine-week round-robin runs from 23 August - 18 October, followed by a straight final on 25 October. The Wellington Pride play home games against Otago on 30 August, BoP on 20 September, Waikato on 11 October and Hawke's Bay on 18 October. We'll be covering the Women's NPC, ITM Cup and Heartland competitions. Details soon.
11th August: 11 August: Wellington Girls Rugby Finals
Te Whaea will be the venue on Thursday afternoon for the finals of the College Sport Wellington Girls rugby competitions, played in a 10-a-side, 25 minute halves format. At 4.00 pm Kapiti play Bishop Viard in the Division 2 final, while at 5.00 pm St Catherine's face Porirua for the Premier title.
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Best & Fairest

Jubilee Cup Round Final points

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.

Featured Points Table
Paul Potiki U85kg Div1 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
MSP Blues 8 8 0 0 243 56 4 36
Tawa 8 7 1 0 159 74 4 32
Poneke 8 5 3 0 160 99 6 26
Waikanae 8 6 2 0 138 125 1 25
Eastbourne 8 4 4 0 135 155 4 20
Upper Hutt Rams 8 3 4 1 118 131 4 16
Avalon 8 2 6 0 58 114 5 13
OBU Onslow Bunnies 8 0 7 1 86 178 5 5
OBU Onslow Spartans 8 0 6 2 43 208 2 2
Featured Points Table
Jubilee Cup Premier 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
HOBM 7 6 1 0 159 127 2 26
Wainui 7 4 2 1 145 127 4 22
Marist St Pats 7 4 3 0 196 159 3 19
Ories 7 3 4 0 187 144 5 17
Upper Hutt Rams 7 3 4 0 148 198 4 16
OBU 7 3 4 0 155 159 3 15
Tawa 7 2 4 1 126 167 2 12
Petone 7 2 5 0 126 161 2 10
Featured Points Table
Victoria Tavern Trophy Women's 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
Norths 7 6 1 0 281 40 7 31
Ories 7 6 1 0 426 54 6 30
Wainui 7 6 1 0 262 92 3 27
OBU 7 3 4 0 203 114 4 16
Avalon 7 3 2 0 201 131 3 13
Stokes 7 2 5 0 63 281 2 10
Tawa 7 1 6 0 17 467 1 5
Poneke 7 0 6 1 46 320 1 1
Featured Points Table
HD Morgan Memorial S2 2014
  P W L D F A B Pts
HOBM 8 8 0 0 210 86 4 36
OBU 8 5 2 1 210 82 6 28
Avalon 8 5 3 0 136 105 6 26
Petone 8 5 3 0 145 132 6 26
J'ville 8 5 3 0 203 141 4 24
Stokes 8 3 4 1 142 137 4 18
Marist St Pats 8 3 5 0 153 196 4 16
Upper Hutt Rams 8 1 6 1 70 255 5 9
Norths 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Picks

Pick the winners Senior 1, Senior 1 and Women's Finals

Predict the winners only (not margins) of the Finals in the Senior 1, Senior 2 and Women's Finals that are this Saturday 16 August.

The prize for the first correct guess is double passes for each of the Wellington Lions' second and third home matches coming up.

Up to (the first) five entries will be valid and published here.

UPDATE SUNDAY: One entry was received. Mike emailed the following picks for the three finals:

  • Petone to beat Poneke to beat Petone (Senior 1 final)  
  • HOBM to beat OBU (Senior 2 final)
  • Norths to beat Ories (Women's final) 

Mike picked the two men's final results but Ories defeated Norths in the women's finals, so this prize remains unstruck.

 

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