New Zealand Rugby League have named their New Zealand Resident 16s side to take on the Maori Rugby League 17s later this month.
The 18-strong squad will set out to follow in the footsteps of Steven Marsters and Chanel Harris-Tavita who were instrumental in the NZ Resident 16s team that last took to the field in 2014, both of whom went on to play for the Junior Kiwis.
These players have been identified as the best talent at 16s level from across New Zealand.
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NZ Resident 16s v NZ Maori 17s
Rotorua, Puketewhero Park
NZ Resident 16s team:
Akarana: Christian Tuipulotu, Jyris Glaumuzina, Nathaneal Sasagi, Temple Kalepo, Jona Polota-Kopa, Junior Tuleisu; Counties: Aamon Dean, Brian Lealiifano, Diaz Taihia, Kaya Cuthers, Marco Talagi, Semisi Tapa, Xavier Stevens-Teo; Southern: Caius Fa’atili, Griffin Neame, Leroy Ferguson; Upper Central: Rayna Whakaari; Auckland Vulcans: Caleb Pese
First Published on NZRL.co.nz
St Paul's College continue to set the pace in the SAS College Rugby League premier division and sit atop the secondary schools competition ladder following their 22-4 win over Mt Albert Grammar School at Grey Lynn Park yesterday (Wednesday July 5, 2017).
The defending champions have had a successful campaign so far, winning three of their four games played in the championship rounds with one draw against traditional foes, Kelston Boys (12 all).
Mt Albert have had just one win in the championship division and sit fourth on the ladder behind Kelston and Southern Cross.
It was a game fought largely in the middle of the park which took 12 minutes for points to be scored.
A dart from close range gave St Paul's hooker Lewis Sio the opening try. Halfback Jaelin Murray converted to lead 6-0.
Mt Albert displayed some gritty defence, but eventually the repeated sets wore them down allowing the home side to cross for another two to take an 18-0 lead at the break.
Settling into the second half, all the momentum sat with St Paul's which saw second rower Christian Tuipulotu storm over for another. The kick went wide leaving it at 22-0.
Finally holding onto the ball and making use of their edges, some simple passing out wide gave Mt Albert centre Kayal Iro the opportunity to score. An unsuccessful conversion left them trailing 4-22.
With 10 minutes left on the clock there was still time to add to the board, but the wet and windy conditions left both sides unsettled with ball control leaving St Paul's to claim a 22-4 victory at full time.
St Paul's College 22 (Mike Williams, Antonio Aufai, Lewis Sio, Christian Tuipulotu tries; Jaelin Murray x3 goals) Mt Albert 4 (Kayal Iro x1 tries) HT: 18-0.
In other games, Kelston Boys took care of Papatoetoe 40-0. Avondale edged past Wesley 26-18 in the Plate division, while Papakura and Pakuranga had successful wins over Lynfield (16-6) and James Cook (22-10) in the Senior A grade.
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St Paul's 22 Mt Albert 4 HT: 18-0
Kelston Boys 40 Papatoetoe 0 HT: 16-0
Southern Cross 30 Aorere 0 (by default)
Western Springs 30 Manurewa 0 (by default)
Avondale 26 Wesley 18
Westlake Boys bye
Lynfield 6 Papakura 16 HT: 6-12
James Cook 10 Pakuranga 22 HT: 6-6
Sir Edmund Hilalry 18 Avondale 24 HT: 4-12
St Paul's v Southern Cross TBA
Manurewa v Aorere (default)
Onehhunga v Henderson (default)
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