The Hurricanes negotiated a tenacious Brumbies side in Canberra on Friday night in their Super Rugby quarter-final The Brumbies were right in the match at halftime, but weight of possession and territory for the Hurricanes finally bore fruit when returning rake Dane Coles passed inside to halfback TJ Perenara to score the match-breaking try. HURRICANES 35 (Wes Goosen 2, Jordie Barrett, TJ Perenara tries; Jordie Barrett 2, Beauden Barrett conversions; Jordie Barrett 3 penalties) bt ACT BRUMBIES 16 (James Dargaville, Josh Mann-Rea tries; Wharenui Hawera 2 penalties)
The mess that was the Super Rugby regular season is over and now, the finals begin. Much to the disdain of our New Zealand counterparts, the Brumbies have the home ground advantage against the Hurricanes in the first quarter-final of the 2017 season. Despite finishing the regular season with a far better record (26 points clear of the Brumbies on the table) the Hurricanes have to travel to Canberra with a squad littered with international talent. They’ll be looking to build off their most recent victory over the Crusaders, a side which had been unbeaten this season. Read more here
This weekend marks the 90th anniversary of club rugby radio broadcasting in Wellington. The first request to broadcast Club Rugby in Wellington was made to the WRFU in June 1927 (by the Radio Broadcasting Company of New Zealand Limited, on their "new-super-power" frequency 2YA, (formerly 2YK), transmitting from the top of Mount Victoria.The first Club Rugby match ever broadcast in Wellington was on Saturday, 23 July 1927 on 2YA, between University and Old Boys, (a date close enough to this coming weekend). The match was played at 2.30pm and broadcast live from Athletic Park. University won the match, 21-11, in front of a reported 9,000 spectators.
The Hurricanes are set for a short hop across the Tasman to play the Brumbies in their Super Rugby semi-final after beating the Crusaders 31-22 last night in Wellington in front of a hearty home crowd. The playoff schedule is: Brumbies v Hurricanes in Canberra - Friday, July 21; Crusaders v Highlanders in Christchurch - Saturday, July 22; Lions v Sharks in Johannesburg - Sunday, July 23; Stormers v Chiefs in Cape Town - Sunday, July 23
5.30pm Friday: Some transfers, cancellations and changes to the original draw for tomorrow have been made Our draws at Draws & Results (see link above) has been updated as per the WRFU alterations list. Plus see inside the Jubilee Cup preview story here too.
New All Black loose forward Vaea Fifita (Wellington Axemen) and midfielder Matt Proctor (Oriental-Rongotai) have re-committed to the Wellington Lions for 2018 and beyond. Tongan-born Fifita, who plays for the Wellington Rugby Football Club, made his Lions debut against North Harbour in 2013 and has represented the province 28 times.Proctor, who played centre for the Maori All Blacks against The British & Irish Lions this year, will continue to represent the Wellington Lions through to 2019. Proctor, a St Patrick’s College old boy, has played 43 matches for Wellington since making his debut in 2012.
The Junior Wellington Lions will play five matches in the lead-up to this year's National U19 Tournament in Taupo in mid-September. The team play a visiting side from south of the wall at Jery Collins Stadium on Wednesday 2 August, the Wellington Samoans on Saturday 12 August, the Hurricanes U20s on 19 August (Palmerston North), the Hawke's Bay U19s on Saturday 26 August (venue TBC) and the Manawatu U19s on Saturday 2 September (venue TBC).
After four months on the sideline, Hurricanes captain Dane Coles (Poneke) appears destined for a return to active duty. It won't be on Saturday, when the team host the Crusaders at Westpac Stadium, but it shouldn't be too long after that. Particularly with a trip to Cape Town on the cards. As the stands today, the Hurricanes will meet the Brumbies in Canberra in the Super Rugby quarterfinals. Read more here
The Petone Rugby Football Club mourns the loss of club member Sione Palei 'Bah' Tuiano Tuiano, who died in a motor accident on Sunday morning. Bah joined the club this year and played for the Petone Brotherhood First Grade team and for the Premier Reserves. Bah's two brothers continue their battles in hospital. The Wellington club rugby community extends its condolences to all family and friends.
Wellington College opened their 2017 Quadrangular competition with a 5-24 loss to hosts Nelson College on Monday on a very muddy field. With the Moascar Cup also on the line, Nelson will now refocus their attention on defending champions Christ's College in Wednesday's final after Christ's held on for a tight 13-7 win over Wanganui Collegiate in the early fixture. Wellington College will face Wanganui in the playoff for third and fourth. Day one scores: Nelson College 24 (Ben Hazlett, Brad Pool, Leicester Faingaanuku tries, Faingaanuku 3 con, pen) Wellington College 5 (Josh Ranui try) HT: 17-0. Christ's College 13 (Lachie Gunson, Harry Black tries, Ben Dickie pen) Wanganui Collegiate 7 (Finau Nimatasau try, Desmond Tyrell con) HT: 10-0.
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 the sixth round of the Jubilee Cup on 15 July (note that, along with First XV rugby, the Dominion Post doesn’t cover the Hardham Cup anymore, so just top 8 teams are awarded points in the championship rounds):
21 points: Hemi Fermanis (Tawa)
20 points: Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
18 points: Lester Maulolo (Petone)
15 points: Parekura Lalaga (Northern United)
14 points: Cole Stewart (Poneke)
12 points: Sheridan Rangihuna (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Andrew Wells (Marist St Pat's), Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa)
11 points: Antony Fox (Northern United)
10 points: Mike Buckley (MSP), Sam Gard’ner (Wellington), Johnathan Fuiaomaono (Old Boys University)
9 points: Joe ‘Apikotoa (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Aukuso Tuitama (Ories), Daven Candy (Old Boys University),Brandyn Laursen (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Isaac O’Connor (Marist St Pat’s), Teariki Ben Nicholas (Old Boys University)
8 points: Ben Peni (Avalon), Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Chris Middleton (Northern United), Dale Sabbagh (Old Boys University)
7 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Mike Ioapo (Northern United), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Cameron Ross (Wainuiomata), Teegan Minkley (Old Boys University), James So’oialo (Tawa)
6 points: Adam Deck (Oriental-Rongotai), Pepesana Patafilo (Tawa), Nick Robertson (Poneke), Jono Ihaka (Old Boys University), James O’Reilly (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Hayden Whelan (Oriental-Rongotai), Paulo Aukuso (Oriental-Rongotai).
5 points: 14 players on 5 points
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Wellington left wing Jim Morgan grabs a second half hat-trick in the Axemen’s 40-15 win over Upper Hutt today. Morgan credits his forwards Jim Mei, Murray Pierce, Alan Mexted, Nigel Hughes and Paul McKay for the win. Wellington and MSP are the two unbeaten teams after four rounds of the Jubilee Cup after MSP beats Wests 22-9, after trailing 6-9 at the interval.