Representative Rugby | 23 September 2018 |
Thomas Waldrom led from the front for the Wellington Lions against Manawatu.
The Wellington Lions and the Wellington Pride both moved into home semi-final contention in their respective Men’s and Women’s NPC competition competitions as the business end of the season nears, after recording bonus point wins on Sunday.
The Lions defeated the Manawatu Turbos 49-7 in Palmerston North and the Pride beat Tasman 88-3 in Nelson. Reports of both games below.
Lions retain Coronation Cup against Manawatu
Wellington Lions 49 (Ben Lam 2, Thomas Waldrom, Mateaki Kafatolu, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, , James Blackwell, Asafo Aumua, Isaiah Walker-Leawere, Peter Umaga-Jensen tries; Trent Renata 2 con) beat Manawatu 7 (Brice Henderson try; Sam Malcolm conversion)...More
Representative Rugby | 22 September 2018 |
Esi Komaisavai (left) and Villami Fine scored second half tries in a comeback that fell short for the Wellington Development team today.
The Wellington Development team lost the first of their four matches of their 2018 campaign today, going down 39-46 to Tasman B at Jerry Collins Stadium. Tasman led 41-5 at halftime and a second half comeback wasn’t quite enough for Wellington. Read below for more.
Meanwhile, all six of Wellington’s age-grade representative teams in action today won their fixtures...More
Representative Rugby | 21 September 2018 |
There is an explosion of representative rugby this weekend for Wellington’s junior, secondary school and senior teams, but most are playing away from home.
There are just two games tomorrow, both at Porirua Park. The Wellington U13s play the Horowhenua-Kapiti U14s on Porirua 2 at 11.00am and the Wellington Development host Tasman B on the JCS at noon.
Both Wellington U16 teams are in action on parallel fields at Playford Park, Levin at 12.00pm. The Wellington U16As face the Manawatu U16s and the Wellington U16s Development play the Horowhenua-Kapiti U16s...More
Hurricanes | 21 September 2018 |
Billy Proctor will be expected to be wearing less scarlet and more yellow over the next five years.
Marist St Pat's utility back Billy Proctor has joined the Hurricanes on a five-year deal that will see the former St Pat's Town midfielder at the Hurricanes until at least 2023.
The contract is the longest the Hurricanes have offered a player since the club was formed in 1996.
"I'm obviously really excited about the opportunity. The length of my contract gives me some real security and the ability to just concentrate on developing my game," said Proctor who made his MSP Premier debut in round two of the Swindale Shield in 2017 and who has since played 21 Premier matches for MSP...More
Representative Rugby | 20 September 2018 |
Above: James Blackwell scoring his third NPC try in 26 matches played so far for Wellington.
The Duane Monkley medal is awarded to the Player of the Year in the National Provincial Championship.
Monkley was a tough lock and loose forward out of the Waikato and shares a lot in common with James Blackwell - one of the leading contenders to receive his prize in 2018.
Blackwell has finally achieved regular minutes and is revelling after a litany of injuries.
“I've fractured my foot three times, twice at school and once in preseason with the Hurricanes...More
Representative Rugby | 20 September 2018 |
Above: Vaea Fifita and Greg Foe and the Wellington Lions play Manawatu for the Coronation Cup this coming Sunday in Palmerston North, kick-off 4.35pm.
Losing may be bad, but sometimes winning is worse.
Everyone’s talking about Saturday’s seismic result from the New Zealand perspective, as if that is all that matters.
What, though, will South Africa take from it once the tears have subsided.
Well, if they play to their strengths and play out of their skins for 80 minutes, they can match the All Blacks and rattle them badly...More
Representative Rugby | 19 September 2018 |
Last year, Matt Peni and the Wellington Development team lost 24-37 to Canterbury B. They play Tasman, Hawke's Bay, Canterbury and Auckland over the next four weeks.
The 2018 Wellington U18 Development squad plays four matches over consecutuve weekends against Tasman B, the Hawke's Bay Saracens, Canterbury B and Auckland Development.
Their first match this weekend is against the Tasman B side at Jerry Collins Stadium at 12 noon.
This is followed by matches against the Hawke's Bay Saracens in Napier on 29 September, Canterbury B in Christchurch on 6 October and Auckland Development on 13 October at Porirua Park...More
Representative Rugby | 17 September 2018 |
Above: The Wellington Samoans threw their final pass for the year on Saturday, losing to the Hawke's Bay Development who are all but assured of retaining their Hurricanes Shield this coming weekend. Read more below.
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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.
Another promising weekend for the Wellington men’s and women’s senior teams, the Lions and Pride both earning bonus point wins...More
Representative Rugby | 16 September 2018 |
Bay of Plenty with the Graham Mourie Cup. PHOTO: https://www.facebook.com/NationalUnder19s/
Bay of Plenty have become the fifth different winner of the Graham Mourie Cup in as many years, dramatically defeating Canterbury 35-30 in the Premiership final of the Jock Hobbs Memorial U19 tournament on Saturday.
The dying stages of the match categorially illustrated how sought after this title has become.
Bay of Plenty was ahead 27-23 with eight minutes remaining. The Junior Steamers put together 17 phases and earned a penalty which fullback Kaleb Trask failed to kick...More
Representative Rugby | 15 September 2018 |
& Adam Julian
UPDATED SUNDAY: The Wellington Pride and two of the three Centurions teams won convincingly in representative matches around the region and further afield today.
The Wellington Pride beat the Otago Spirit 38-10 to take their second consecutive bonus point in the Farah Palmer Cup NPC competition (more below).
The Centurions Development side flew to an 81-17 win over the Manawatu Development at the Hutt Recreation Ground and the Centurions U18s defeated the Wellington Community U18s 40-22 at Porirua Park (more below)...More