The Hurricanes scored a try in the first minute, then repelled a series of attempted comebacks with two tries to scrumhalf T.J. Perenara to beat the Hamilton-based Chiefs 32-31 Friday to reach the Super Rugby semifinals. Wing Julian Savea grabbed a long, looping pass from flyhalf Damian McKenzie out of the air and dashed 75m to score a try which rocked the Chiefs only 45 seconds after the kickoff. The Chiefs then hit back with a try to halfback Brad Weber and the teams were back on level terms at 7-7 after seven minutes. That set the tone for the majority of the match: the Hurricanes would edge ahead and the Chiefs, who never led, would respond. The Hurricanes were finally able to pull away with a contentious try to Perenara before halftime and another, more clear-cut effort in the second half. Winger Ben Lam then made the game safe with his 15th try of the season. Read more here
Wellington players Jackie Fereti-Patea (Petone), Monica Tagoai'i (Marist St Pat's), Marcelle Parkes (Marist St Pat's) and Jonah Ngan-Woo (Oriental-Rongotai) have been selected in thePat's) Black Ferns 28-player squad to play internationals against Australia on 18 and 25 August in Syndey and Auckland. The week before they play a 'game of three halves' match against the Bay of Plenty Volcanix and Auckland Storm in Tauranga. Tagoai'i, Parkes and Ngan-Woo are three of eight new caps in the squad.
Marist St Pat's prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen has been named to start in Friday night's quarter-final against the Chiefs at Westpac Stadium in what will be his 100th Super Rugby match.Toomaga-Allen, who brought up his 100th match for the club last week in Hamilton, will become just the 15th Hurricanes player to reach the milestone. The 27-year-old made his debut for the Hurricanes in 2012 against the Stormers alongside long-time teammates Ben May, TJ Perenara and Brad Shields.
He will be the fourth player this season to reach the mark after Beauden Barrett, Perenara and Shields.
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 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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