A round-up of most club rugby Premier competitions around NZ on Saturday 26 July
Semi-finals and finals continued around much of the country this week.
Auckland 26 July:
University beat Grammar TEC 29-26 in a truly epic Gallaher Shield final at Eden Park. The final went to overtime after scores had been locked at 19-19 at the end of 80 minutes. It was then 26-26 all after the first period of extra-time, but University kicked a penalty with about a minute remaining to give them the lead for the first time and ultimately victory.
In minor finals, Waitemata beat Manukau Rovers to take the Jubilee Trophy, Suburbs edged Marist 23-20 to win the Portola Trophy and Maungarua pipped East Tamaki 13-12 to win the President’s Cup. The University U21s also won their final, defeating College Rifles 21-11.
Baywide Premier Final 26 July:
Mount Maunganui beat Whakarewarewa 26-23 in the final of the Premier Baywide competition on Saturday.
Played in fine sunny conditions, Mount Maunganui led 16-8 at halftime, extending this to 23-8 early in the second half. But Whakarewarewa roared back with a converted try and penalty to trail 23-18 with 20 minutes still to play. Whakarewarewa then scored another try and it was 23-23. However, with several minutes left, Mount Maunganui kicked the winning penalty and they held on to the end.
Senior Shield Final
White Star 43 v 12 Ngakawau
Old Boys 21 v 18 Westport
Canterbury 26 July Christchurch Metro
Trophy Semi-Finals (2014)
New Brighton RFC 05 v 17 Sydenham RC
Lincoln University 11 v 26 High School Old Boys
High School Old Boys and Sydenham will meet in next Sunday’s final.
Sydenham upset defending champion New Brighton 17-5 in one semi-final and likewise High School Old Boys upset Lincoln University 26-11.
Counties Manukau Premier McNamara Cup 26 July:
McNamara Cup Final.
Bombay defeated round-robin winners Karaka 16-10 to win the McNamara Cup, to be crowned 2014 Counties Power Premier Club Rugby Champions. In a tight and willing final, scores were locked at 10-10 at halftime. Both sides had chances in the second half, but two penalties won the match for Bombay.
Hawke’s Bay: Maddison Trophy (2014) – Round 9
Havelock North Rugby Club 19 v 07 Napier Pirates Rugby & Sports Club
Napier Old Boys Marist 21 v 10 Hastings Rugby & Sports Club
Napier Technical Old Boys Rugby Club 26 v 34 Central Hawke’s Bay Rugby & Sports Club
Taradale Rugby & Sports Club 65 v 14 Tamatea Rugby & Sports Club
Clive Rugby & Sports Club 27 v 26 MAC Rugby Club
Havelock North ended the round-robin unbeaten. They will host fourth placed qualifier Napier Pirates in one semi-final, with second placed Taradale playing third placed Napier Old Boys Marist in the other.
Horowhenua-Kapiti 26 July:
Ramsbottom Cup final
Paraparaumu defeated Shannon 12-9 in the final.
Top qualifiers College Old Boys defeated Kia Toa 21-10 in the 2014 Hankins Shield final last Saturday.
North Harbour 26 July:
Final. North Shore blew top qualifier Massey away in the final, winning 50-18.
Northcote beat Glenfield 22-7 to win the Plate final.
Northland 26 July:
Final. Horahora beat Wellsford 33-6 in the final.
North Otago 26 July
Citizens Shield final.
Old Boys beat Athletic Marist 24-11 in the final.
Otago Final 26 July
Top qualifier Taieri beat University A to win 51-6 in Saturday’s final at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
University led 6-3 early, But Taieri went on the rampage and scored 48 unanswered points. They led 29-6 at halftime.
Southland 26 July
Premier Galbraith Shield – Final
Top qualifiers Woodlands made it three titles in a row, beating Marist 32-3 in the final at Rugby Park, Invercargill. Woodlands led 24-3 at halftime, and then turned their attention to tightening up their defence and holding off Marist throughout much of the second half.
Inglewood defeated Coastal 35-14 in the final of the Taranaki Premiership last week.
The Nelson Bays and Marlborough finals were decided last week:
Marlborough – Central 21 – 10 Waitohi
Nelson Bays – Waimea Old Boys 41 – 12 Wanderers
Thames Valley – 26 July: Final of the McClinchy Cup:
Cobras defeated Waihou 31-27
Waikato 26 July Final
Hamilton Marist successfully defended their title, beating Hamilton Old Boys 40-23 in the final..
The semi-final results from the previous week were: Hamilton Marist 34 – University 28
and Hamilton Old Boys 23 – Otorohanga 13
Wairarapa Bush 26 July
Tui Cup final.
SENIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL – TUI CUP:
Eketahuna 33 Nathan Ebbett 2, Sam Monaghan, Paul Tiko 2, Tom Meuli con 2 pen
Gladstone 16 Tim Griffith try, Andrew Fell 3 pen con
SENIOR A PLATE FINAL – HODDER STEFFERT CUP:
East Coast 10 Utah Walker, Byron Karaitiana tries
Martinborough 17 Nathan Hunt, Nathan Kapene, Josh Hawkins tries, Tipi Haira Con
SENIOR RESERVE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL – RYAN CUP:
Pioneer 19 Jonte Miller, Rex Rimene, Te Kaaho Henare tries, Hoani Peacock 2 con
SENIOR RESERVE PLATE FINAL – PRESIDENT’S CUP:
Tuhrangi 41 Bruce McKenzie, Peter Mehlhopt, Nick Smith, Ryan Sewell, Isaac Vollebregt, Joel Milne tries, Ken Aburn Con, Bradley Legge 4 Con PG
Wanganui 26 July: Tasman Tanning Wanganui semi-finals –
Premier championship –
At Spriggens Park – Integrity Motors Pirates 18 (Clive Stowers 2 tries, Manulua Lafi 2 pen, con) bt Waverley Harvesting Border 16 (Andrew Hamilton try, Sikeli Ulukuta 3 pen, con). HT: 6-all.
At Rochfort Park, Ohakune – McCarthy’s Ruapehu 23 (George Williams, Roman Tutauha, Robert Hughes tries, Zyon Hekenui 2 pen, con) bt Taihape 20 (Dane Whale, Luke Whale, Jaye Flaws tries, Dane Whale pen, con). HT: 17-3 Ruapehu.
Premier consolation –
At Kaierau Country Club – Speirs Food Marton 24 (Lake Ah Chong, Steve Wulf, Afano Kuika, Salu Peneli tries, Cornel Mason 2 con) bt Wanganui Car Centre Kaierau 19 (Ace Malo 2, Taylor Kirkwood tries, Malo 2 con). HT: 7-5 Kaierau.
At Ratana Paa – Utiku OB 32 (Malakai Volau 2, Michael Nabuliwaqa, Mark Logan, Scott Illston tries,Te Rangi Tapu McLeod pen, 2 con) drew with Harvey Round Motors Ratana 32 (Kapene Paki 2, Jamie Hughes tries, penalty try, Caleb Maraku 2 pen, 3 con). HT: 13-12 Utiku OB. Utiku OB win match by scoring 5 tries to 4.
Senior championship –
At Hunterville – Power Farming (PN) Hunterville 36, Tech 12. HT: 17-0.
At Rochfort Park, Ohakune – Ruapehu 10, Marist Celic 0. HT: 5-0.
Senior consolation –
At Marton Park – Downs Group Marton 17, Taihape 3.
At McNab Domain, Kaiwhaiki – Counties 30, Marist Buffalo’s 10.
Finals Day draw (Saturday, August 2) –
Premier championship – Pirates v Ruapehu, Spriggens Park, 2.30.
Premier consolation – Marton v Utiku OB, Spriggens Park, 11.30.
Senior championship – Hunterville v Ruapehu, Spriggens Park, 1pm.
Senior consolation – Counties v Marton, Racecourse, 1pm.
Wellington 26 July:
Jubilee and Hardham Cups Round semi-finals
Jubilee Cup Premier (2014)
Hutt Old Boys Marist 43 v 26 Oriental-Rongotai
Wainuiomata 26 v 13 Marist St Pats
Hardham Cup Premier 2 (2014)
Northern United 34 v 20 Avalon
Poneke 18 v 08 Wellington
Hutt Old Boys Marist will play Wainuiomata in next Sunday’s Jubilee Cup final, while in the curtain-raiser, Northern United will play Poneke in the Hardham Cup final.