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New Zealand club rugby round-up 16 May

New Zealand club rugby round-up 16 May

The mid-point of the season is upon many competitions, with first round champions starting to be found over the next few weeks.

In the Hawke’s Bay, Taradale earned their eighth straight win yesterday with a 35-7 win over third placed Napier Pirates, to win the first round Nash Cup with next week’s ninth round to spare.

In Counties Manukau, the top eight for the second round McNamara Cup had already been decided heading into the final fortnight, with Karaka, Pukekohe, Bombay, Ardmore Marist, Waiuku, Onewhero, Patumahoe and Manurewa all making the cut. The first round title is yet to be decided however, with Karaka (44), Ardmore Marist (41) and Bombay (39) all still in contention heading into next week’s last round.

In Southland, Star remains in front after seven rounds, beating Edendale 53-21 in a crossover match. Down the table, Woodlands are now third after beating the Eastern-Northern Barbarians 18-5, Pirates Old Boys are second after beating Midlands 46-0, while Marist beat Blues 43-8.

In Dunedin. Southern, Taireri and Harbour are neck-and-neck on 41 points after 10 rounds, with Southern holding on to beat midtable Kaikorai 17-13, Taieri earning a bonus point 59-13 over Pirates and Harbour beating Dunedin 34-10.

In Christchurch Metro rugby Sydenham defeated New Brighton 28-27 – to see Lincoln University emerge as the only unbeaten team and go to the top of the table, Lincoln University beating Shirley 41-13.

In the Tasman Trophy, Waimea Old Boys maintained their grip at the top of the standings with a 78-17 win over Harlequins, while Wanderers defeated Central 47-24 in another key game that was played in Blenheim.

In Wellington, leaders Hutt Old Boys Marist (39) will meet Tawa (36) in next week’s penultimate round in a likely Swindale Shield deciding match. HOBM were shocked 50-28 by mid-table Poneke, while Tawa defeated neighbours Norths 38-8.

In the Manawatu, the second round of the season got underway with first round winners College Old Boys defeating Feilding 27-10 and Old Boys Marist beating Varsity 17-13 in another key result.

Across in Taranaki, New Plymouth Old Boys defeated lowly Clifton 41-13 to maintain their lead at the top of the standings at the start of the second round. Tukapa beat Inglewood 37-22 while Coastal beat Southern 34-26 and Spotswood saw off Stratford 32-25 in three close matches.

In Waikato, University thrashed previous leaders Hamilton Marist 56-15 in a big result. Second placed Melville also lost, going down 35-27 to lowly Te Awamatu Sports. These losses have seen Otorohanaga back at the top of the tale, after they defeated Hautapu 34-27.

In the Baywide Bay of Plenty competition, Tauranga Sports beat Te Puna 42-11 and Mt Maunganui defeated Opotiki 76-10 in two notable big wins. Whakarewarewa beat Greerton Marist 20-8 in another match.

In North Harbour, the Western Pioneers and Massey will be fighting it out to win the first round Buck Shelford Trophy next week. Western beat Glenfield 37-6 and Massey beat East Coast Bays 25-3. Next week, Massey plays mid-table Takapuna and Western meets second equal North Shore. In perhaps the lowest score of any Premier matches around New Zealand yesterday, Silverdale and Marist drew 3-3. With two scoring plays, a soccer reporter would be writing up the report of that match.

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For a result wrap-up of other club rugby competitions please see below (note of the results available as at Sunday morning):

Bay of Plenty
Baywide Premier Competition Round 3:
Opotiki 10 vs Mt Maunganui 76
Rotoiti 6 vs Te Puke Sports 13
Te Puna 11 vs Tauranga Sports 42
Whakarewarewa 20 vs Greerton Marist 8
Waikite 21 vs Rangataua 45
Whakatane Marist 32 vs Paroa 22

Canterbury Country Division 1:
Mid Canterbury – http://midcanterburyrugby.co.nz
Rakaia 24 – Hornby 0
Lincoln 15 – Prebbleton 12
Oxford 21 – Southbridge 20
Glenmark 43 – West Melton 15 Glenmark 43
Celtic 27 Kaiapoi 24

Counties Manukau
Challenge Cup (Premier)
Te Kauwhata 26 – Papakura 19
Patumahoe 41 – Onewhero 22
Manurewa 70 – Drury 3
Ardmore Marist 19 – Pukekohe 16
Karaka 66 – Weymouth 0
Bombay 35 – Waiuku 10

Horowhenua-Kapiti
Levin COB 20 – Athletic 10
Paraparaumu 64 – Foxton 14

Manawatu
Old Boys Marist 17 – Varsity 13
College Old Boys 27 – Feilding 10
Kia Toa 27 – Te Kawau 20, .
Feilding Old Boys Oroua 29 – Linton Army 22
Freyberg the bye.

Northland
Southern Districts Premiers
Wellsford 41 vs Horahora 22
Waipu 37 vs Otamatea 15
Western Sharks 19 vs Mid Northern 47
Hikurangi 15 vs Mid Western 39
Kamo 13 vs Old Boys Marist 45

North Otago (Round 7)
Exelsior 33– Valley 20
Athletic Marist 29 – Maheno 15

Otago
Southern 17 – Kaikorai 13
Harbour 34 – Dunedin 10
University A 31 – Alhambra-Union 16
Zingari-Richmond 28 – Green Island 17
Taieri 59 – Pirates 13

Southland
Galbraith Shield
Woodlands 18 – Eastern Northern Barbarians 5
Pirates Old Boys 46 – Midlands
Marist 43 – Blues 8
Star 53 – Edendale 21 (crossover match)

Tasman
Tasman Trophy
Waitohi 78 – Stoke 0
Waimea 78 – Harlequins 17
Wanderers 47 – Central 24
Kahurangi 78 – Renwick 5
Moutere 27 – Nelson 26

Thames Valley
Te Aroha COB 24 – Mercury Bay 16
Thames 27 – Waihi 8
Hauraki North 61 – Ngatea 3
Paeroa West 42 – Tairua 27

Waikato
Fraser Tech 36 – United Matamata Sports 10
University 56 – Hamilton Marist 15
Te Awamutu Sports 35 – Melville 27
Morrinsville Sports 20 – Hamilton Old Boys 6
Otorohanga 34 – Hautapu 27

Club Rugby | 17 May 2015 | Ian Knightly

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