Finals and semi-finals championship rugby continued yesterday, with several more deciders around the country.
The Christchurch club rugby Hawkins Cup and Plate finals are being played today (Sunday).
In Dunedin, University are the new champions, beating defending champions Taieri 31-15 in the final. The students raced to a 17-10 lead at halftime, against the run of play. They then came out fizzing in the second spell and there was no stopping them. First five-eighth Fletcher Smith scored the match-sealing try with about 15 minutes to play. Kaikorai defeated Dunedin 48-39 to win the inaugural Gainsborough Shield title.
Of note, Taieri first five-eighth Josh Casey ended the season with a Dunedin club championship season record of 300 points to his name.
In the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga Sports won the Baywide Premier title on Saturday.Tauranga Sports defeated top qualifier Te Puke Sports 26-14 in the final. Tauranga out-scored Te Puke three tries to two, with wing Jason Harvery scoring a brace.
In Counties Manukau, Bombay defended their McNamara Cup title, edging Karaka 23-21. In a tight and willing final, Karaka scored a converted try late on halftime to take an 18-16 lead into the turnaround. But Bombay struck with their only score of the second half and they held on to win.
In North Harbour, Massey won the Premier One Championship Final, beating North Shore 31-26. In the Plate final, Northcote defeated East Coast Bays 41-28.
In Northland, Wellsford won the Premier title, beating Mid Northern 29-12.
In Auckland, Grammar TEC are the 2015 Gallaher Shield champions after beating Auckland University 39-14. In a repeat of last year’s final, Grammar TEC led 12-9 at halftime before pulling away to win well in the end. Ponsonby defeated Papatoetoe 27-21 in the final of the Jubilee Trophy, Eden beat Suburbs 34-27 to win the Portola Trophy and Otahuhu overcame Maungarua 35-13 in the final of the President’s Trophy.
In two region competitions still going, ITM Cup minnows Wellington holds it Jubilee Cup final next Saturday. The two teams meeting at Jerry Collins Stadium are Marist St Pat’s and Old Boys University.
In the Hawke’s Bay, next week’s Maddison Trophy semi-finals will see top qualifier Napier Pirates play fourth placed Taradale and second and third placed Hastings Rugby and Sports and Havelock North meet in the other.
To view the news / results from our current Heartland Championship partners
- Wairarapa-Bush – http://waibush.co.nz
- Wanganui – http://wanganuirugby.co.nz
- West Coast – http://westcoastrfu.com
- Buller – http://bullerrugby.co.nz
- Mid Canterbury – http://midcanterburyrugby.co.nz
- East Coast – http://npec.co.nz
For a result wrap-up of some other club rugby competitions please see below (note of the results available as at Sunday morning):
Wellsford 29 Mid Northern 12
(ASB Cup final)
Massey 31 North Shore 26
Northcote 41 East Coast Bays 28
(Gallaher Shield final)
Grammar TEC 39 University 14
(Jubilee Trophy final)
Ponsonby 27 Papatoetoe 21
(Portola Trophy final)
Eden 34 Suburbs 27
(President’s Cup final)
Otahuhu 35 Maungarua 13
(McNamara Cup final)
Bombay 23 Karaka 21
(McClinchy Cup final)
Waihou 22 Mercury Bay 22 (title shared)
Bay of Plenty
(Baywide premier final)
Tauranga Sports 26 Te Puke Sports 14
Te Awamutu Sports 27 Southern United 5
United Matamata Sports 25 Leamington 22
Waitomo 12 Taupo Sports 7
(Lee Brothers Shield final)
HSOB 18 Ngatapa 16
Taradale 23 Havelock North 16
Napier Pirate Rugby and Sports 61 Tamatea 12
Central 13 MAC 10
Napier Old Boys Marist 35 Clive 19
Hastings Rugby and Sports 41 Napier Technical 18
Pirates 25 Taihape 24
Border 34 Ruapehu 13
(Tui Cup semifinals)
Greytown 21 Marist 13
Gladstone 19 Pioneer 17
Carterton 21 East Coast 12
Martinborough 33 Eketahuna 10
Paraparaumu 26 Shannon 14
Waikanae 19 Foxton 15
(Jubilee Cup semifinals)
Marist St Pat’s 27 Tawa 23
Old Boys-University 20 Oriental-Rongotai 18
(Hardham Cup semifinals)
Johnsonville 31 Poneke 17
Upper Hutt Rams 44 Avalon Wolves 16
(Senior Shield final)
Ngakawau/Karamea 14 White Star 10
(Craddock Trophy final)
Westport 31 Old Boys 17
(Metro, Hawkins Cup)
Linwood 43 Burnside 41
Darfield 45 Hornby 10
Waihora 66 Prebbleton 11
Southbridge 54 Rolleston 19
Burnham/Dunsandel/Irwin 27 West Melton 26
Ashley 38 Ohoka 17
Glenmark 56 Kaiapoi 13
Saracens 27 Oxford 23
(Hamersley Cup final)
Celtic 24 Harlequins 12
(Citizens Shield final)
Old Boys 29 Excelsior 15
University A 31 Taieri 15
(Gainsborough Shield final)
Kaikorai 48 Dunedin 39
(Central Otago final)
Alexandra 23 Maniototo 20
(Bottom four final)
Matakanui Combined 24 Cromwell 22