Hawke’s Bay’s Napier Old Boys Marist and Wellington’s Marist St Pat’s have won the 2017 New Zealand Marist Federation Sevens tournament Cup men’s and women’s titles this weekend.
On Saturday, MSP won the women’s tournament, while NOBM annexed the men’s section on Sunday’s second day of rugby.
NOBM beat defending champions MSP 14-12 in a tight and willing men’s final in fine, blustery conditions, adding this title to both Hawke’s Bay 15 Premier ones they won in 2016, the first round Nash Cup and second round Maddison Trophy.
NOBM were deserving winners, playing a positive brand of rugby on both days. They beat MSP 20-17 in the opening match of the tournament on Saturday and went on to register first day wins over Hastings Rugby & Sports (15-7), Hutt Old Boys Marist B (31-14) and Palmerston North HSOB 33-0.
On Sunday, NOBM defeated MSP B 20-14 in their Cup quarter-final and then were held to a 19-19 draw in their Cup semi-final by a competitive Whangarei Marist, but squeaked through to the final having scoring the first try against the Northlanders.
MSP’s path to the final on Sunday saw them beat the North Island Marist side 15-12 in their Cup quarter-final and then defeat Palmerston North HSOB 29-12 in the other Cup semi-final.
The Cup final itself was a tight affair, NOBM thanking a fast start and strong defence near the end. NOBM launched a withering assault from the opening kick-off and pressure in possession saw them score first and convert from the sideline to take a 7-0 lead. NOBM’s guest player, Upper Hutt Ram and Wellington Sevens player Salesi Rayasi, sliced through to put them ahead 14-5.
On the stroke of halftime MSP halfback Ryan Setefano completed a breakout try, but failed to convert from a handy spot, leaving MSP trailing 5-14 at the interval. Early in the second half, Setefano scored his second try of the final, from a scrum in centre field. The conversion closed the gap to 12-14 and it was game on.
However, NOBM were able to fend off a late MSP flourish and held on to win the title.
There were two draws in the Plate section on Sunday. MSP B advanced against Hastings Rugby & Sports after scoring the first try in a 17-17 draw, while MSP B and Hutt Old Boys Marist drew the Plate final 10-10.
Hastings beat North Island Marist 26-10 to win the Shield final.
On Saturday, MSP won the one-day women’s tournament, beating Hutt Old Boys Marist 40-5 in the final.
Four teams were entered in the women’s competition, Wellington teams MSP and Hutt Old Boys Marist, Hastings Rugby & Sports and a composite South Island side.
The tournament was both well run by the New Zealand Marist Federation and well officiated by the WRRA. The $4 steak sandwich was a highlight for lunch on Saturday.
In some rugby coming up, the New Zealand Club Sevens Nationals are in Hamilton next weekend, while NOBM will be eyeing up winning the Hawke’s Bay Club Sevens on 18 February. The pre-season New Zealand Marist 15s Spillane Cup is being hosted by Palmerston North HSOB in early March.
Napier Old Boys Marist 20 – Marist St Pat’s 17
Palmerston North HSOB 22 – Hastings Rugby & Sports 15
Hutt Old Boys Marist 24 – North Island Marist 14
Whangarei Marist 28 – Whakatane Marist 10
Marist St Pat’s 26 – Hutt Old Boys Marist B 14
Napier Old Boys Marist 15 – Hastings Rugby & Sports 7
Hutt Old Boys Marist 15 – Marist St Pat’s B 12
North Island Marist 21 – Whakatane Marist 15
Palmerston North HSOB 26 – Hutt Old Boys Marist B 10
Marist St Pat’s 17 – Hastings Rugby & Sports 12
Whangarei Marist 19 – Marist St Pat’s B 7
Hutt Old Boys Marist 40 – Whakatane Marist 15
Marist St Pat’s 27 – Palmerston North HSOB 12
Napier Old Boys Marist 31 – Hutt Old Boys Marist B 14
Hutt Old Boys Marist Whangarei Marist 26 – Hutt Old Boys Marist 5
North Island Marist beat Marist St Pat’s B by default
Napier Old Boys Marist 33 – Palmerston North HSOB 0
Hastings Rugby & Sports beat HOBM by default
North Island Marist 17 – Whangarei Marist 12
Whakatane Marist v Marist St Pat’s B – match not played
Hastings Rugby & Sports 5 – South Island Marist 0
Marist St Pat’s 24 – Hutt Old Boys Marist 5
Marist St Pat’s 40 – Hastings Rugby & Sports 0
Hutt Old Boys Marist 35 – South Island Marist 0
Hutt Old Boys Marist 19 – Hastings Rugby & Sports 0
Hastings Rugby & Sports 26 – South Island Marist 12
Marist St Pat’s 40 – Hutt Old Boys Marist 5 (Women’s Cup Final)
Napier Old Boys Marist 20 – Marist St Pat’s B 14
Whangarei Marist 16 – Hastings Rugby & Sports 7
Marist St Pat’s A 15 – North Island Marist 12
Palmerston North HSOB 26 – Hutt Old Boys Marist 24
Marist St Pat’s B 17 – Hastings Rugby & Sports 17 (MSP winner as first try-scorer)
Hutt Old Boys Marist 38 – North Island Marist 7
Napier Old Boys Marist 19 – Whangarei Marist 19 (NOBM winner as first try-scorer)
Marist St Pat’s 29 – Palmerston North HSOB 12
Marist St Pat’s 10 – Hutt Old Boys Marist 10
Hastings Rugby & Sports 26 – North Island Marist 10
Cup 3rd v 4th playoff
Whangarei Marist beat Palmerston North HSOB by default
Napier Old Boys Marist 14 – Marist St Pat’s 12