Avalon Wolves hooker Asafo Aumua won the Personality of the Year award at the Wellington Sports Awards on Wednesday night, while WRRA referee Ben O'Keeffe captured the Official of the Year gong.
A couple of milestones and a notable return for Norths in tonight’s Jubilee Cup catch-up fixture. Daley Harper plays his 100th Premier match for the club after his recent return from Australia and prop/No.8 Mike Ioapo his 50th, while Faifili Levave will play his first game in Norths colours since early 2011 when he comes off the bench. Kick-off at Porirua Park is 8.00pm.
The St Bernard's College First XV has beaten visiting side Hato Paora College from Hawke's Bay 31-7 in their annual traditional match this afternoon.
Northern United beat Poneke 27-23 in their Jubilee Cup round one catch-up match tonight at Jerry Collins Stadium. Norths won the match in the 78th minute with a try from an attacking scrum in the clubrooms corner scored by replacement halfback Tom Finai. Finai's try was also the bonus point try. Norths are now two from two to start the Jubilee Cup and Poneke are none from two. Norths have their bye this Saturday and Poneke host Tawa. In slippery conditions, Poneke scored three tries in the first half and led 20-10 just before halftime. Norths kicked a penalty on halftime to close the score to 13-20. Poneke got those three points back and led 23-13 before a try to Norths captain Parekura Lalaga closed the gap to 23-20 and then a late scramble saw Finai come up with the winner.
The U20s were mown down in the second half by the Junior Springboks on Monday morning in their U20 World Championship 3rd v 4th fixture. After leading 25-12, South Africa came back to win 40-30. France won the final. Read more here
Petone's Brad Shields is set to start at blindside flanker in Durban for England against South Africa in the second test in the wee small hours of Sunday morning. Read more here
The Northern United v Poneke Premier and Premier Reserve rescheduled games from last Saturday have been confirmed, the new time and dates being:
Ed Chaney Cup:Northern United v PonekeWednesday 20 June6:30pmPorirua Park #1
Jubilee Cup:Northern United v PonekeWednesday 20 June8:00pmPorirua Park #1
Greg Mullany (Old Boys University), Matt Mullany and Teara Henderson (both Johnsonville) and Shahn Eru (Wainuiomata, currently playing in France) are heading off to Rarotonga this coming weekend for camp and then on to Hong Kong to play in RWC qualifying matches. The Cook Islands will play home and away tests against Hong Kong, who recently beat Korea at to win the Asia Rugby Championship. The winner on aggregate will advance to November's four-team repechage tournament, with the repechage winner qualifying for next year's World Cup. Read more here
Old Boys University and former Wellington Lions halfback Tomasi Palu has drawn the curtain down on his career. He has retired on medical advice, after sustaining a neck injury in his team's Swindale Shield 12th round 45-50 loss his former team Northern United.
A complaint lodged by Petone on Friday alleging breach of two Poneke players’ eligibility in the Swindale Shield has been withdrawn.An independent committee of the Rugby Board convened on Saturday morning to hear the matter, which resulted in the Northern United v Poneke premier and premier reserve fixtures being deferred, whilst an outcome was sought on the complaint.The committee reserved its decision overnight; however, following a subsequent complaint brought by Poneke on Sunday, the committee found that the Petone club had also breached the player eligibility rules for playing an unregistered player in the Swindale Shield. As such, both clubs have now withdrawn their respective complaints and the matter is closed. Wellington Rugby will now work closely with the Northern United and Poneke clubs to reschedule yesterday’s deferred fixtures in the Jubilee and Ed Chaney Cups.
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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