Hamilton Boys’ and Hamilton Girls’ High Schools claimed titles at the NZSS touch tournament in Auckland.
Both schools won tight finals by the same scoreline 8-7, to secure national honours in the three-day tournament.
Hamilton Boys’ High School who also won the Condor Sevens rugby tournament last week, edged 2015 champions Rotorua Boys’ High School 8-7 in a close encounter, after Rotorua held a 4-2 halftime lead.
For Hamilton it was a reversal of two close defeats to Rotorua in the previous two years of the tournament. Hamilton also beat Rotorua at the Condor 7s last weekend.
King’s High School beat Christchurch Boys’ High School 13-9, to secure third spot. It was the best showing by the South Island in many years.
Earlier Hamilton defeated King’s 9-5 in the semi-finals, while Rotorua hammered Christchurch Boys’ 16-6 in the other semi.
In the girls’ section, Hamilton Girls’ pipped Dunedin’s Columba College 8-7. For Hamilton it was their first National title win since 2011. Condor 7s MVP Jazmin Hotham was vital in the final.
Hamilton beat Southland Girls’ High School 7-5 in one semi-final, while Columba defeated Mt Albert Grammar 6-4.
Southland Girls’ claimed third place with an 8-5 win over Mt Albert.
Whanganui secured the mixed title for the second year in a row 9-5 over Paeroa, while Kapiti finished third.
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