Club Rugby | 23 August 2018 |
Then there was one.
The last club rugby final of the year is at Maidstone Park this Saturday, where the Upper Hutt Rams J8s take on the MSP Internationals in the 2018 Reserve Grade decider.
A competitive eight-team grade will see both teams arrive at the final hoping to reap the fruits of a hard-fought and spirited season. Both clubs have already won one championship trophy each this year and both want another to sit beside it in the cabinet.
The silverware they are playing for is the John Davies Cup...More
Representative Rugby | 23 August 2018 |
Malo Tuitama crosses for one of his two tries in Sunday's Wellington Lions season opener against Otago.
I hate to say I told you so. No, no, I’m not.
So the hype about the Wallabies was just hype, once the first 40 played out.
And now the knives are out in earnest across the Tasman.
They should sheath them, not because the case against Michael Cheika isn’t a good one. That he’s been a dud, excepting that time they got into the world cup final when they shouldn’t have.
That the players probably aren’t listening...More
www.collegerugby.co.nz | 22 August 2018 |
“I couldn't believe it. I was floating. It’s the sort of thing you daydream about, but never expect to happen.” Neyla Masima admits when reflecting on his three tries for St Patrick’s College, Silverstream in the Premiership final against St Patrick’s College, Wellington on Sunday.
So what was Masima thinking when he went within a metre of scoring four tries?
“I stepped the wrong way which slowed me up. If I had gone right, I might have scored. It didn’t matter in the end, we got the try and that’s what counted...More
Jubilee Cup Premier | 21 August 2018 |
Above: Onslow - Jubilee Cup winners 1955. Photo credit below.
In association with Lovelocks Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below.
This is the last in this series for this season.
1937: Athletic beat Wellington 20-0 to secure their second successive Jubilee Cup title, in the penultimate match of the season. Athletic (28 points) finish ahead of WCOB (25), Johnsonville (21) and Poneke (20).
1936: Interest has stirred to a high pitch by this meeting between WCOB and Athletic in the last match of the season to decide the Jubilee Cup title...More
Representative Rugby | 20 August 2018 |
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.
Another big weekend of rugby is in the history books, with club finals, college finals being contested and representative rugby starting up.
Rugby fans can take a breath until next Saturday when it all starts up again, although there is a relatively 'light' programme of home matches this coming weekend...More
www.collegerugby.co.nz | 19 August 2018 |
& Steven White
Above: St Pat's Silverstream flanker Ioan Apineru scores under the posts to take his side to a match-winning 26-15 lead late in the second half. Silverstream won 29-22. PHOTO: Andy McArthur.
St Pat’s Silverstream go back to back in First XV competition
St Patrick's College, Silverstream have become the first team since Wellington College in 2009 to successfully defend the Premier 1 championship - edging St Pat’s Town 29-22 in a bruising and gripping decider at Jerry Collins Stadium this afternoon...More
Paul Potiki U85kg Div1 | 18 August 2018 |
& Scott MacLean
Members of the Upper Hutt Rams U85kg side after being presented with the Paul Potiki Shield today. Both the U85kg finals went 100 minutes.
There were three more Wellington club rugby titles decided today, with the Upper Hutt Rams and Wellington annexing the two U85kg grade finals and the HOBM Barbarians winning the First Grade Division 1 silverware.
The HOBM Barbarians completed an unbeaten season in beating the Stokes Valley Chiefs to win the Johnsonville Centtenium Cup. HOBM won 60-24 at home at the Hutt Recreation Ground...More
Representative Rugby | 17 August 2018 |
& Steven White
The Wellington Samoans - Festival Cup winners 2017. Can they defend their title?
It’s a quiet but noisy weekend of rugby around the province as the club and college seasons wind to an end and representative rugby fires up in earnest.
Three more titles will be decided tomorrow, with the championship round silverware to be handed out in the First Grade and both divisions of the Under 85kg grade, and two teams are looking to complete undefeated campaigns.
One of those are the Hutt Old Boys Marist Barbarians who are finally looking to claim the First Grade crown, the Johnsonville Centennium Cup, after missing out in the final the past two years and add it to the first-round Thompson Memorial Trophy they have already taken...More
www.collegerugby.co.nz | 16 August 2018 |
Above: Aotea College take on the St Pat's Silverstream 2nd XV for the Murray Jensen Cup tomorrow.
This weekend sees the end of the college XV’s season with their finals day. St Patrick’s College, Silverstream will again play host, with 10 finals and titles to be decided across the day. These follow the Girl’s finals that were played out on Wednesday night and ahead of the Premiership decider between Silverstream and St Pat’s Town on Sunday.
Eleven schools have at least one team in a final this year with Wellington College topping that with four teams and Silverstream with three...More
Paul Potiki U85kg Div1 | 16 August 2018 |
Last year’s beaten finalists and the top qualifiers against the first time finalists. Neighbouring clubs and friends off the field but keen rivals on it. This Saturday’s Paul Potiki Memorial Shield Division 1 2018 decider has all the hallmarks of a cracking final.
And there has been a few in this grade. Few will forget the MSP Blues beating the Tawa Titans 6-3 on penalties in 2014 or the Titans beating the Poneke Cavs 8-3 in 2015. Just last year, it was the Wellington Axemen beating the Avalon Wolves 20-17 at Hataitai Park...More