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Aisle be back: The Super Rugby final (and the semi-final defeat)
Above: The Super Rugby trophy, which the Hurricanes will have to wait another year to win again. So it ends with a whimper and not a bang, and in the heart of hearts, it’s felt like that was where the Hurricanes were headed for a number of weeks. Whatever your level of disappointment, I personally try to frame it in these terms. Basically, in any year before 2016, we’d be celebrating being in the semi-finals. It would typically represent a season of over-achieving Nowadays, it’s a kick in the guts not to be there at the final...More
Tightly contested John E Kelly Memorial Cup Colts final predicted
This Saturday’s Les Mills Colts Division 1 John E Kelly Memorial Cup final promises to be as competitive as any of the eight club rugby finals being contested on the Petone Recreation Ground. Both Old Boys University and Hutt Old Boys Marist are stacked with talented players, some of whom have already played Premier rugby this year and others who will do so in the coming seasons. Both bring strong finals tradition in this grade, having won five of the past six titles between them. Old Boys University have won the two meetings between these sides already this year, winning 38-14 at Kelburn Park on 12 May in the first round Paris Memorial Trophy and prevailing 19-10 on the Hutt Rec on 19 June in their championship round-robin meeting...More
Greg Mullany - destination Jubilee Cup final
Above: Greg Mullany in action a fortnight ago against Norths, who won 13-10 that day so OBU will be eager to reverse that result and win their third Jubilee Cup in four years.  Hastings, Lisbon, Brisbane, Belfast, Melbourne and Wellington - Greg Mullany is a well-travelled rugby talent. One destination he's never reached is the Jubilee Cup final. This Saturday the veteran midfield back will at last have a crack at the capital’s ultimate prize. “I haven't played a lot of finals before, but I've been in some high-pressure games,” Mullany observes...More
Waldrom to start at No. 8 in Friday's NPC pre-season match
Avalon Wolves stalwart Thomas Waldrom will play his first rugby match back in New Zealand since 2010 after he was named to start at No 8 for a Wellington XV when they meet Auckland at Evans Bay Park on Friday afternoon. Waldrom played the last of his 80 matches for Wellington in 2009 before heading to the United Kingdom. He is the most experienced player named by Wellington Lions coach Chris Gibbes for Friday's NPC pre-season match. Players involved in Saturday's Jubilee Cup final between Northern United and Old Boys University were not considered to face Auckland...More
Risk or reward the Esi way
When Northern United hosted Tawa in Round Six of the Swindale Shield they entered the Sammy Saili Memorial Trophy fixture having lost seven games on the trot to their fierce neighbourly rivals. On April 21, Norths finally toppled Tawa 27-14 in a game Esi Komaisavai believes changed their season. “When we beat Tawa in the Swindale Shield we moved up to third. We hadn’t beaten them for a long time, but when we did we thought we might as well try and go all the way,” Komaisavai says...More
This week in club rugby history: 30 July – 5 August
Above: Smeagle the Eagle celebrates with Hutt Old Boys Marist on fulltime, followng their 14-11 win over Wainuiomata in the 2014 Jubilee Cup final. PHOTO: Hugh Pretorius.  In association with Lovelocks Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below. 30 July 1988: MSP beat Petone 16-12 to earn a place in the Jubilee Cup ‘grand final’ the following week against Wellington. Fullback Matt Smith scores the key try of the match late in the first half, giving them a 13-6 at the break...More
Off the Ball for 30 July
Try time for Upper Hutt Rams midfielder Konelio Feaunati on Saturday. The Rams came back to draw level at 24-24 and force extra time, before Petone kicked a penalty and scored a try to win 32-24.  Off the Ball is in association with Rob Law Max, Lovelocks Sports Bar,  Motor Doctors and Sarah Kilner Real Estate  Looking at some of the news in briefs, milestones, happenings, statistics and observations from the weekend of rugby just gone and what’s coming up this week. Welcome to finals week! All roads head to the Petone Recreation Ground this coming Saturday, with eight finals taking place there including the 90th edition of the Jubilee Cup, which will be won by either Old Boys University or Northern United...More
Norths and Old Boys University to meet in Jubilee Cup final
Next week’s finals at a glance: Premier Jubilee Cup: Old Boys University v Northern United Premier 2 Hardham Cup: Wainuiomata v Petone Women’s Division 1: Oriental-Rongotai v Northern United Women’s Division 2: Hutt Old Boys Marist v Old Boys University  Colts Division 1: Old Boys University v Hutt Old Boys Marist Colts Division 2: Oriental-Rongotai v Poneke Premier Reserve Division 1: Oriental-Rongotai v Marist St Pat’s  Premier Reserve Division 2: Petone v Johnsonville Old Boys University will have the chance to defend the Jubilee Cup, while Northern United will be gunning for the Swindale Shield – Jubilee Cup double when they meet in next week’s Wellington club rugby championship decider at the Petone Recreation Ground...More
Mammoth Semi-finals Saturday in club rugby
Can HOBM steamroll Norths from fourth position to qualify for next week's Jubilee Cup final? OBU and Ories meet in the other semi-final.  It’s a mammoth Saturday across the grounds as the major grades hit their semi-finals. All 28 teams involved in playoff action will be looking for the win to put them through to next Saturday’s Finals Day at the Petone Rec, and it will be expected that it’ll be as tough and tension-filled as any other playoff weekend in years past.   Premier Jubilee Cup   Going into last weekend the four semi-finalists were known, but who was to play who was yet to be sorted...More
Aotea College Co-ed Champions as Stream roll on
A round-up of secondary school rugby this week, with Rongotai College, St Pat’s Silverstream, St Pat’s Town,Porirua College and Aotea College in action on Tuesday an Wednesday, while Tawa College play visiting Liverpool side Merchant Taylor this afternoon and the Premiership competition resumes in full on Saturday. Aotea College capture Co-ed Cup and Beard Trophy Ropati So’oalo was one of two Premier two Wellington players selected in the Hurricanes U18 camp this year, along with Harry Plummer from Onslow College, and in September 2017 So'oalo was named Player of the Tournament at the Hurricanes U16 tournament in Wanganui...More
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