The Porirua Combined Colleges side beat the Eastern Suburbs Combined Colleges match at Jerry Collins Stadium 37-10 on Friday night. Porirua won 7 tries to 2. They led 5 tries to nil at halftime but the Eastern Suburbs team (playing in Centurions jerseys) came back to score 2 tries of their own.
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The Hurricanes lost the match 26-28 but have earned a home quarter-final against the Chiefs again. The match is next Friday night at 7.35pm at Westpac Stadium. Watch highlights from Friday night's game in Hamilton here
Northern United lock Chris Middleton will come off the bench tomorrow to play his 100th Premier match for the first round champions. Fireman Middleton made his Premier debut in 2006 and also had a stint playing in the Waikato.
The 2018 Women's NPC draw has been announced, featuring a short-sharp six-match round-robin series. Division 2 side Wellington has three home games, starting with a crossover match against the defending champions Canterbury. They open the season in Napier against Hawke's Bay on 1 September. The home games are:
Ngani Laumape scored four tries for the Hurricanes in their 42-24 win over the Blues at Westpac Stadium on Saturday evening. The win moves the Hurricanes closer to a quarter-final spot and ends a three-match losing streak. The match was the 100th in Super Rugby for Hurricanes captain and England Test flanker Brad Shields. The Hurricanes next face the Chiefs this coming Friday in Hamilton.
Hurricanes captain Brad Shields (Petone) will return to the starting XV for his 100th Investec Super Rugby match against the Blues at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night. Shields became the 14th member of the Hurricanes centurions club when he played against the Highlanders last month having made 99 Super Rugby matches and the dramatic draw against The British and Irish Lions in 2017. Kick-off at Westpac Stadium on Saturday is at 7.35pm.
The Petone Ponies won Wednesday night's Women's fixture against Marist St Pat's 63-0. Petone led 31-0 at halftime, doubling their lead in the second 40 minutes. This was Petone's first win three second-round matches. The remainder of the third round is this Saturday, with Paremata-Plimmerton taking on Northern United in Division 1 and OBU playing Avalon and HOBM meeting Poneke in the two Division 2 fixtures.
The Les Mills Colts second round John E kelly Cup match last Saturday between first round winners Marist St Pat's and multiple champions Old Boys University was abandonded before halftime for alledged fighting. Club Rugby understands the hearing for this is this evening (Wednesday) and as such we will endevour to bring news of the outcome when known.
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Fresh from embarrassing defeats to the Crusaders and Highlanders, the Hurricanes went one worse on Saturday night. The Brumbies are unlikely to be Super Rugby finals-bound any time soon, but they were a class above the Hurricanes in Canberra. Coming into this game they'd lost 13 in a row against New Zealand opposition and won just five matches, to the Hurricanes' 10, this season. But from 12-5 down at halftime, the Brumbies kicked away to win 24-12 and put the visitors' home playoff hopes in peril. "At a number of levels it was pretty average...that's a really flat and poor performance," said coach Chris Boyd of the match. "The Brumbies had to win tonight, to keep their hopes of playoffs alive, and the second half was probably the worst half of football in my four years here."
The Billy Wallace Trophy Best & Fairest competition is awarded on a 3,2 and 1 basis by match officials (previously newspaper reporters) after each game.
points after one round of the 2018 Jubilee Cup (Poneke, Norths, OBU and Petone have a game in hand):
20 points: Greg Foe (Poneke)
14 points: Chase Tiatia (HOBM)
12 points: Josh Houston-Tupou (Upper Hutt Rams)
11 points: Luca Rees (Ories)
10 points: Glen Walters (HOBM)
9 points: Alex Dalzell (Wellington), Kalim Kelemete (Tawa), Jackson Garden-Bachop (Norths), Esi Komaisavaii (Norths), DuPlessis Kirifi (Norths), Jonathan Fuimoano (OBU)
8 points: Richard Judd (Pare-Plim), Tomasi Palu (OBU), Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Callum Harkin (Wellington)
7 points: Seven players on 7 points
2017 final points:
23 points: Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)
18 points: Lester Maulolo (Petone)
15 points: Parekura Lalaga (Northern United)
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