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A last minute 80-metre try to Christchurch Boys’ High School first five-eighth Josh McKay has given the New Zealand Secondary Schools team a hard-earned 20-18 win over a determined and physical New Zealand Barbarians Schools team in their match today in Palmerston North.
The opening 20 minutes of the contest saw both sides struggle with their handling and cohesion and with a strong southerly breeze that was whipping through Palmerston North Boys’ High School.
The first points were scored by Fielding High School halfback Thomas Stewart who kicked a penalty for the Barbarians. He was also to miss two other shots in the first half. The first try of the match was scored by Kelston Boys’ High School right wing three-quarter TJ Vaega after a long period of pressure and scrums inside the Barbarians’ 22. This put the NZ Schools team ahead 5-3 at halftime.
The second half saw Barbarians prop Sione Asi throw a pass to his Otago Boys’ High School fullback and school teammate Joshua Buchan and the latter ran 20 metres to score for the New Zealand Schools to make it 10-3.
The Barbarians, now playing into the wind, kept it tight and rumbled the ball through their forwards and their hooker Samasoni Taukei’aho from St Paul’s Collegiate, barged over for a try to make it 10-10.
Both sides kicked penalties to advance the score to 13-13 – then the Barbarians took a shock lead when Auckland Grammar School right wing Freedom Vaha’akolo finished off a good period of teamwork to score a try.
McKay saved the day for the New Zealand Schools side by scoring his match-winning try on fulltime.
Other players to standout included Rosmini College lock Jacob Pierce and Takapuna Grammar School second five-eighth James Little for the Barbarians and Palmerston North local and blindside flanker Liam Giltrap and fullback Buchan and wing TJ Vaegafor NZ Schools.
Scores: New Zealand Secondary Schools 20 (TJ Vaega, Joshua Buchan, Joshua McKay tries; Wiseguy Faiane pen, con) beat the New Zealand Barbarians 18 (Samasoni Taukei’aho, Freedom Vaha’akolo tries; Thomas Stewart con, pen; Tiaan Falcon pen). Halftime 5-3.
Photo Credit - Massey University RFC
New Zealand Schools and Barbarians Schools teams named for Palmerston North match The New Zealand Schools and Barbarians Schools teams to face one another in Palmerston North tomorrow have been named.
The match, scheduled to kick off at 12.30pm at Palmerston North Boy’s High School, is the first hit-out for both teams this year.
The 2015 New Zealand Schools team will be captained by Peter Umaga-Jensen of Scots College. However due to a minor injury, he will sit out tomorrow’s match and Vice-Captain Dalton Papalii (St Kentigern College) will instead lead the team.
Following the weekend’s match, New Zealand Schools will depart for a three-match international series in Australia.
Played at venues across Brisbane, the team will first face Samoa Schools on Thursday (24 September), before matches against Australian Barbarians Schools (28 September) and Australia Schools (2 October).
The New Zealand Schools team is:
1. Xavier Numia (St Patrick’s College – Wellington)
2. Brodie McAlister (Shirley Boys’ High School)
3. Takaji Young Yen (King’s College)
4. Isaia Walker-Leawere (Gisborne Boys’ High School)
5. William Tucker (St Bede’s College)
6. Liam Giltrap (Palmerston North Boys’ High School)
7. Dalton Papalii (Captain) (St Kentigern College)
8. Marino Mikaele-Tu’u (Hastings Boys’ High School)
9. Kemara Hauiti-Parapara (Wellington College)
10. Joshua McKay (Christchurch Boys’ High School)
11. Losi Filipo (St Patrick’s College – Silverstream)
12. Sevuloni Reece (Hamilton Boys’ High School)
13. Baylin Sullivan (King’s College)
14. TJ Vaega (Kelston Boys’ High School)
15. Joshua Buchan (Otago Boys’ High School)
16. Asafo Aumua (St Patrick’s College – Silverstream)
17. Harrison Allan (St Andrew’s College)
18. Alex Fidow (Scots College)
19. Samuel Slade (Mt Albert Grammar School)
20. Slade McDowall (Otago Boys’ High School)
21. Tim Hogan (Otago Boys’ High School)
22. Ray Nuu (St Andrew’s College)
23. Ben Power (Hutt International Boys’ School)
24. Wiseguy Faiane (Auckland Grammar)
St Kentigern College openside flanker Dalton Papalii will captain the team.
The New Zealand Barbarians Schools team is:
1. Antonio Ripata (Captain) (Auckland Grammar School)
2. Samasoni Taukei’aho (St Paul’s Collegiate)
3. Sione Asi (Otago Boys’ High School)
4. Isitolo Maka (Sacred Heart College)
5. Jacob Pierce (Rosmini College)
6. Brayden Iose (Palmerston North Boys’ High School)
7. Thomas Christie (Shirley Boys’ High School)
8. Ajay Mua (King’s College)
9. Thomas Stewart (Feilding Agricultural High School)
10. Ciarahn Matoe (King’s College)
11. Jona Nareki (Feilding Agricultural High School)
12. James Little (Takapuna Grammar School)
13. Antonio Mikaele-Tu’u (Hastings Boys High’ School)
14. Freedom Vaha’akolo (Auckland Grammar School)
15. Stephen Perofeta (Wanganui Collegiate)
16. Flynn Thomas (Southland Boys’ High School)
17. Tim Farrell (Napier Boys’ High School)
18. Ryan Coxon (St Peter’s Collegiate)
19. Benjamin Sau (De La Salle College)
20. Joshua Brown (St Patrick’s College – Silverstream)
21. Lewis Gjaltema (Orewa College)
22. Tiaan Falcon (Lindisfarne College)
23. Samuel Toa (Hamilton Boys’ High School)
24. Hemaua Samasoni (Otago Boys’ High School)
Auckland Grammar School prop Antonio Ripata will captain the team.
Upcoming media opportunities
Media are welcome to attend tomorrow’s match at Palmerston North Boys’ High School. While accreditation is not required, it would be appreciated if those wishing to attend to could inform Olivia Kinley by 3.00pm today (where possible).
New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Barbarians Schools fixtures:
Date: Saturday 19 September
Who: NZ Schools v NZ Barbarians Schools
Venue: Palmerston North Boys’ High School
Date: Thursday 24 September
Who: NZ Schools v Samoa Schools
Venue: Sunnybank RFC, Brisbane
Time: 1pm local; 3pm NZ
Date: Monday 28 September
Who: NZ Schools v Australian Barbarians Schools
Venue: St Joseph’s College, Brisbane
Time: 6pm local; 8pm NZ
Date: Friday 2 October
Who: NZ Schools v Australia Schools
Venue: Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane
Time: 6pm local; 8pm NZ
SKY TV Schedule:
A highlights package from the matches played in Australia will be broadcast on SKY TV following the New Zealand Schools v Australia Schools match. Please refer to upcoming television guides for further details.
Hamilton Girls High School reinforced their reputation as the leading secondary school in girls rugby last weekend by winning their second consecutive National Top Four title.
For a fourth year in a row the event was staged in Palmerston North, and despite featuring the same four schools as last year, it was noticeable the standard of play has increased.
Hamilton trounced Southern Cross 73-0 in the 2014 decider. This year they were stoically challenged by Southland Girls' High School, eventually prevailing 27-5.
Waikato senior representative Terina Te Tamaki is the captain of Hamilton Girls.' She says an increase in player numbers is the reason why the competition is more competitive.
"All the teams definitely upped their games this year. There are more girls getting into the game and that is increasing the standard and opportunities."
Hamilton lost nine players from last year's team and Te Tamaki says the highlight was watching their replacements improve.
"It was great to see the babies in the team step up. We are in good shape for the Condor Sevens and next year."
Te Tamaki was briefly injured and missed the Chiefs final after being dropped in a lineout. The openside was in imperious form at the National Top Four. She scored a try in the final and stood out with her abrasive defence.
Next year Te Tamaki plans to study early childhood and one day she hopes to became a Black Fern.
Hamilton Girls 2015 Season
· Sacred Heart College, 102-0
· Te Awamutu College, 34-0
· Feilding High School, 35-0
· Auckland Girls' Grammar, 41-5
· Matamata College, 79-0
· Tokoroa College, 34-0
· Hamilton Girls' High School 2nd XV, 98-0
· Matamata College, 86-0 (Waikato Semi-Final)
· Tokoroa College, 47-0 (Waikato Final)
· Feilding High School, 27-17
· Opotiki College, 29-15 (Chiefs Final)
· Southern Cross Campus, 46-12 (Top Four Semi-Final)
· Southland Girls' High School, 27-5 (Top Four Final)
Will a new champion be found when the National Top 4 Girls rugby Finals are played at Arena Manawatu in Palmerston North this weekend?
This is the fourth edition of the New Zealand Girls Top 4 Finals, with Feilding High School having won the first two in 2012 and 2013 and Hamilton Girls’ High School the winners in 2014. Both these schools return hoping to add another Hine Pounamu RugbyGIRL Trophy title to their trophy cabinets.
Feilding High School will be representing the Hurricanes region and Hamilton Girls’ High School the Chiefs region. They are joined by Southern Cross Campus College representing the Blues region and Southland Girls’ High School representing the South Island.
This tournament has quickly become the showcase of secondary schoolgirls’ rugby and that which all schoolgirl players aspire to play at, and a player pathway to higher honours such as the Women’s NPC or Sevens competitions and New Zealand teams. Several players this weekend are in 2015 Women’s NPC squads.
The format sees Hamilton Girls’ High School and Southern Cross Campus College meet in one semi-final on Friday and Feilding High School and Southland Girls’ High School play in the other. The teams return on Sunday with the winners from day one playing in the Final to decide the 2015 National Champion and the losers meeting in a third and fourth placed playoff match.
Teams (subject to change):
Southern Cross Campus College (Blues region)
Colours: Black & Teal
Aivaai Moli, Moana Fineaso-Levi, Allis Fotu, Olivia Poloniati Junior, Amelia Tulelei, Oloataua Magele, Ezmeralda Teofilo Fidow, Samotu Fidow-Togia, Fuarosa Leiataua, Sarah Filimoeatu, Idlequinn Tapusoa, Tilia Hifo, Illa Va’a, Toria Kiria, Jaime Patuki, Tufui Lauhingoa, Lee-Ani Togiamua, Tuiala Iakopo, Lesieli Kioa, Vaine Mohematagi, Luti Sikoloni, Vea Tuingamala-Kafoa, Maria Hifo Coach Rod Ratu Assistant Coach Kameli Delana. Manager – Julie Wharton. Assistant Manager Natasha Hemara
In 2015 Southern Cross entered the 1st XV competition for the first time claiming the Auckland Secondary School title. The college has one previous NZ player Mele Hufanga. Moana Fineaso Levi has also been included in the Auckland Storm wider squad
Hamilton Girls’ High School (Chiefs region)
Colours: Black, Maroon & Gold
Ariona Ieremia, Nyesha Hamilton, Calista Wihone, Rianna Aspinall, Chade Mahu, Riria McFadyen-Drummond, Diamond Henry, Roimata Roberts, Honey Wilson, Savon Tovio-Smith, Isla Norman-Bell, Stacey Littleworth, Kanyon Paul, Stephanie Lualua, Kiana Beattie, Tara Kingan, Litara Allan, Tava Tyrell, Lonita Ngalu, Tenika Willison, Makaia Riki-Te Kanawa, Terina Te Tamaki, Ngataua Turinu. Coach: Crystal Kaua, Assistant Coach: Brent Kaua.Manager: Manager: Maree McCarthy. Trainer: Zara Powell
Hamilton Girls’ High School has recently won the Sanix World 7’s, title the Waikato Secondary School Girls’ competition, North Island Secondary School 7’s in both the Under 15 and Under 19 age group along with the Condor 7’s title in 2014. Hamilton Girls’ High School return as the defending champion after last year defeating Southland Girls’ High School in last year’s semi-final and Southern Cross in the final.
Feilding High School (Hurricanes region):
Colours: Navy Blue & Maroon
Ashleigh Knight, Lauren Balsillie, Brooke Hooper, Michaela McNabb, Carys Dallinger, Myah Rata, Corrineke Windle, Nicole Baxter, Devonshire Governor, Samantha Olsen, Elisha Byrne, Sarah Swinbanks, Eva Fifita Tovo, Sarah Talumepa, Georgia Ponsonby, Sharvarne Hislop, Hinekura Connor Phillips, Shayden Tipu, Jannah Rowden, Shyanna Tipu, Laura Claridge, Wikitoria Haureki. Coach: Coach Robert Jones. Assistant Coach: Richie Nimmo. Manager: Glenda Higginson
Girls rugby has been played at Feilding High School since 2003. In that short time they have produced four New Zealand representatives, Mallory Townsend (NZ Sevens 2009) and Sarah Goss, Hayley Hutana, Crystal Mayes (NZ Sevens) with the addition of Amy Cokayne who has more recently played for England. Feilding also have four current Manawatu Cyclones players in their squad. Feilding have won the Hurricanes title for seven consecutive years and they return to the National Top 4 alongside Southland Girls’ High School who have both competed in the tournament since its inception.
Southland Girls’ High School (Southern region)
Colours: Red & Blue
Alena Saili, Laura Molloy, Alex Bodle,Lauren Brown, Aly Doherty, Lauren Christie, Amy du Plessis, Lilly Tomlins, Arnika Thompson-TeMuunu, Meg Paterson, Bree Thomas, Molly Wheeley, Emma Dermody, Patricia Hopcroft, Jessica Dermody, Rebecca Paseta, Kate Black, Simone Caughey, Kate Cochrane, Sipa Saili, Kayla Brocks, Utuao Peseta, Kendall Buckingham, Zeenaveda Niven. Coach: Nathan Muir Assistant Coach: Tony Paterson. Manager: Nicola Hawkes. Assistant Manager: Maima Afutu
Southland Girls’ High School attended the inaugural Top 4 in 2012 since this time they have gone on to win both the Southland and South Island Schools championship every year including 2015. Southland Girls’ can boast Casey Robertson as a previous Black Fern. Rugby has been strong in the school since 1996. There are two team members who are current members of the Southland Rugby Academy (Alena Saili and Patricia Hopcroft).
· Friday: 12.00pm Chiefs v Blues Arena Field No. 3; 2.00pm Hurricanes v South Island Arena Field No. 3
· Sunday: 10.00am 3rd Place v 4th place Arena Field No.2; 12.05pm Final Arena Oval
Blues - Aorere College
New Zealand's record holder for most first class games Kevin Mealamu attended Aorere College. The All Black legend has a trophy that bears his name. Since 1992 Aorere have played Otahuhu College for the Kevin Mealamu trophy. Aorere have won it three times in 1996, 2009 and 2015 - seasons they were in the 1A competition.
Other famous alumni includes New Zealand cricketers Murphy Sua and Gary Troup, fighter Mark Hunt and Opera singer Sole Mio.
Aorere College is also where St. Kentigern College coach Tai Lavea cut his teeth. In 2008 he guided the team to 13 wins in a row as they captured the 1B title.
In 2009 they enjoyed their best ever season finishing runners up to Feilding High School in the National co-education championship and winning seven games in 1A, narrowly missing the semi-finals.
Aorere accounted for King's College, De La Salle College (Defending National Champions that year), Kelston Boys' High School and ironically St Kentigern College. They also held Wesley College to a draw.
In 2014 Aorere won promotion back to the 1A grade by winning 1B. They won 11 out of 13 games and upset Dilworth College 11-8 in the final.
In 2015 Aorere had tough pre-season hit outs against New Plymouth Boys' High School, Mount Albert Grammar School and Onehunga High School achieving one victory.
In 1A they won three games defeating Tangaroa College, Otahuhu College (by a record score 45-5) and De La Salle College (18-17).
Coach Graeme Phillips describes his forward pack as "honest." Perhaps the standout is openside Kalib Lewis. In the backs the key figure is first-five Siope Ngata. He has already played for Blues 18's and 20's although he is new to the 10 shirt, having played for both teams at 15. He is also on a development contract with the Hawthorn AFL club.
Chiefs - Cambridge High School
For the fourth time in five seasons Cambridge High School will represent the Chiefs region at this tournament - twice they have been runners-up.
Cambridge won the Waikato First XV competition in 2012 and 2014, but failed to defend their title in 2015 losing to St. John's College in the final. Cambridge beat every other side in the competition.
Cambridge have 12 returning players and that experience has counted recently. They beat fierce local rivals St. Peter's, Cambridge, Manurewa High School (Counties Champions) and Western Heights High School (Baywide Champions) to earn their place in Rotorua.
Cambridge is a well organised side that plays with plenty of heart.
Isaak Albert is a big presence. The lock is 120kg. Openside and captain Daniel Thornton is an industrious performer.
First-five Spencer Jones kicked a drop goal with the last play of the 2014 semi-final to win Cambridge the game and No.8 Sam Monkley was a bronze medallist in the Maadi Cup and is a relation of Duane Monkley who played 135 games for Waikato.
Hurricanes - Feilding High School
The defending champions (despite a midseason change of coach) are a strong chance of retaining their title.
Feilding started the season in rare form defeating Wellington College, Palmerston North BHS, Hastings BHS and Gisborne BHS.
They didn't cool down in the Central North Island competition scoring seven wins in nine games and making their first final by scoring more points than any other school in the tourney.
However both trips to Hamilton to tackle St. Paul's Collegiate proved fruitless, Fielding were runners up.
Feilding had to win three games to claim the Hurricanes co-education title. They beat Wanganui College (98-0), Tu Toa College (48-12), and Bishop Viard College (33-8) to earn a repeat trip to Rotorua.
Feilding has a potent backline. The Fijian pair of Jona Nareki (Wing/First-five) and fullback Villimoni Koroi (two tries in the 2014 final) are capable of tearing sides apart and captain Tom Stewart is a shrewd, goal-kicking halfback.
Feilding has a mobile forward pack well led by Chris Cairns (prop/hooker).
Blindside Kepueli Tui'fua is a heavy-hitter who carries strongly.
Feilding's girls have also made their fourth consecutive top four.
South Island - St. Andrew's College
St. Andrew's College have had an outstanding season. They have played 16 games and enjoyed 14 wins, scoring 91 tries. In six games St. Andrew's have scored more than 40 points.
St. Andrew's made the semi-finals of the UC Championship achieving wins over St. Bede's College (Champions) and Christchurch Boys' High School (2014 champions).
In a curious twist of fate St. Andrew's also hold the Moascar Cup. On Monday at the Presbyterian Quadrangular tournament their development XV beat a Scots College equivalent.
St. Andrew's are a well-balanced side, but are especially well served by a big pack.
Loose head Harrison Allen has been nominated as a prospect for the NZ Schools camp. Lock and captain George Mirfin is an accomplished lineout forward and 134kg No.8 Nathan Tanuvasa is hard to stop with a head of steam.
In the backs Sam Gilbert is an accurate goal-kicker and illusive runner and Raymond Nu'u is a rock in centre field.
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