Jake Russ was keen to begin 2018 by settling some old scores.
Russ was the starting openside flanker in the Hamilton Boys’ High School First XV which lost the National Top Four Rugby final to Hastings Boys’ High School in September 2017.
Last week the Hamilton First XI faced Hastings in the first game of the Super 8 cricket tournament. Russ made 100.
“I was pretty lucky to be honest. I was dropped early in my innings and struggled to score freely for a while because the ball was nipping about. When I decided to play more expansively things started happening,” Russ recalls.
Unfortunately, the match was abandoned at the halfway point due to a storm. However, Hamilton posted 279 and the century by Russ was the catalyst for greater things to follow.
Hamilton convincingly beat Napier Boys’ High School and then extracted revenge upon Tauranga Boys’ College, who eliminated Hamilton from Secondary School Boys' First XI Cup Finals contention last year. Russ captures the action against the Northern Districts champions.
“Tauranga won the toss and put us into the field. We managed to bowl them out for 145, but had a niggly period before lunch where we had to survive half an hour. We lost two wickets before Jacob Parker and Jake Ottow guided us to victory.”
Parker made 98 not out and was singled out for special praise by Russ.
“Jacob opens the batting and bowling. He's only year 11 and has a big future,” Russ acclaimed.
Hamilton has won the Super 8 cricket title ten times.
Russ is the only student at Hamilton in the First XV rugby and First XI cricket sides. He has grown from 72kg to 91kg in 12 months. A strict diet and strong bond with his teammates has driven Russ to greater heights.
“I enjoy the camaraderie of the rugby boys,” Russ explains. “We get on really well and build a strong bond.”
“We have about 10 returning players this season. Most of them are in the forwards so we will look to dominate teams in that area before utilising our speed out wide.”
What does Hamilton’s First XV have to do to become National champions? What has to change from the Top Four final last year?
“I don't think we could've played any better. Hastings was a very good team. There was nothing in it,” Russ asserts.
Russ was a member of the Hamilton side that won the Condor 7s in December. Hamilton beat Scots College, Wellington in the final to win the crown for the third year on the trot.
Jake’s mother is a school teacher and his father runs a retirement village. Jake is uncertain which sport he will pursue next year. However he has made the choice harder for himself already.
2017 Auckland Premier 1A champion and Top 4 semi-finalist Saint Kenitgern College have propelled one of their own to national honours, with fullback Etene Nanai selected in the All Black Sevens for this weekend’s World Rugby Sydney Sevens.
Nanai joins the All Black Sevens team for Sydney for his first time in a senior national team. He has previously represented the New Zealand Secondary Schools team, beating Australia and Tonga in October.
All Blacks Sevens coach Clarke Laidlaw says this of Nanai "Etene is a young player with huge potential, and he is enjoying his rugby. It's exciting for him and his family to get this opportunity in Sydney.”
The team arrived in Sydney on Sunday to begin preparation for the tournament.
"We face a big challenge in Russia, Samoa and Fiji in pool stages, so this week has been about making sure our preparation is right heading into Friday," said Laidlaw.
Former Mount Albert Grammar School co-captain Caleb Clarke has been named as the 13th man and will be brought into the playing 12 if required as injury cover.
The team is (*indicates debut):
1. Scott Curry
2. Tim Mikkelson
3. Teddy Stanaway
4. Joe Ravouvou
5. Luke Masirewa
6. Vilimoni Koroi
7. Sam Dickson
8. Andrew Knewstubb
9. Regan Ware
10. Kurt Baker
11. Etene Nanai-Seturo*
12. Sione Molia
13. Caleb Clarke*
Friday 26 January
9.50pm NZT v Russia
Saturday 27 January
6.31pm NZT v Samoa
9.42pm NZT v Fiji
Sunday 28 January – Finals Day
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 1-2 December, Dubai – RUNNERS UP
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 9-10 December, Cape Town - WINNERS
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 26-28 January, Sydney
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 3-4 February, Hamilton
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 2-4 March, Las Vegas
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 10-11 March, Vancouver
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 6-8 April, Hong Kong
Commonwealth Games, 13-15 April, Gold Coast
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 28-29 April, Singapore
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 2-3 June, London
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, 8-10 June, Paris
Rugby World Cup Sevens, 20-22 July, San Francisco
Young Auckland player Caleb Clarke, son of former All Black Eroni, has been selected in the All Blacks Sevens side for the HSBC Sydney Sevens, to be held next weekend
Clarke co-captained the Mount Albert Grammar School side that won the National Top 4 in 2016. He has been recently been training with the Blues. He joins 2016 Feilding High Schoo fullback Vilimoni Koroi in the side, while 2016 Southland Girls' High School star Alena Saili has been selected in the equivalent women's side. Koroi and Saili have previously worn the black jersey.
Read our profile with Caleb Clarke from 2016 here
The squad is (* indicates new caps):
Kurt Baker (Manawatu)
Caleb Clarke (Auckland)*
Scott Curry (Bay of Plenty)
Sam Dickson (Canterbury)
Andrew Knewstubb (Tasman)
Vilimoni Koroi (Otago)
Luke Masirewa (Bay of Plenty)
Tim Mikkelson (Waikato)
Sione Molia (Counties Manukau)
Joe Ravouvou (Auckland)
Teddy Stanaway (Bay of Plenty)
Regan Ware (Bay of Plenty)
Joe Webber (Bay of Plenty)
Coach Clarke Laidlaw said the squad returned from the summer break in fantastic condition.
“We had 15 out of 17 players record Personal Bests in the fitness testing which seems ridiculous after a few weeks away. But the break was good because we’d had a lot happening since we centralised, so the players time away and they have returned really refreshed.”
The only changes from the Cape Town tournament see Clarke and Masirewa replace the injured Trael Joass and Dylan Collier.
“It’s an opportunity for these players and it is the start of us building depth in our squad. We are happy with the group of players we have got so giving them time out on the field is important,” said Laidlaw.
Clarke joins the All Blacks Sevens environment from Investec Super Rugby pre-season training with the Blues.
“We’ve worked closely with the Blues to have Caleb released to train with us and he is part of our plan to build depth heading into the Commonwealth Games. He’s a big, powerful winger and we are really excited about unleashing him.”
Masirewa joined the squad on Monday after an impressive National Sevens campaign with Bay of Plenty. Laidlaw said it has been a long-term plan getting Masirewa back in the back jersey.
“We’re excited about having Luke back in our environment, he’s been working hard for the past year and has ticked all the boxes we have asked of him. He’s a real point of difference; Luke is an aerial forward that can break the game open.”
The All Blacks Sevens currently sit atop the HSBC Series standings but Laidlaw said there is plenty of room for improvement.
“There were fine lines in the last two tournaments and we could have easily been tipped out and any stage so we are working at getting better in all areas, both on and off the field.”
A tough pool sees the All Blacks Sevens come up against Russia, Samoa and Fiji.
It was a New Zealand one-two at a sunny Sacred Heart College today, with the New Zealand Condors (Boys) and New Zealand U17s (Girls) sides winning their respective tournaments.
The second annual tournament featured international and invitational teams from Australia, Japan, Canada, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands, as well as a Maori Invitational and three New Zealand teams.
The New Zealand Condors Boys side beat the New Zealand Fijians 27-17 in the Boys Cup final, while the New Zealand U17s defeated the visiting Australian Schoolgirls team 20-19 in a last-play thriller to claim the Girls title.
Australia had knocked out the New Zealand U18s team in the Girls Cup semi-finals, while the New Zealand Condors had thrashed Australia in their Boys Cup semi-final.
Tournament round-up and results below.
After going down to the New Zealand Condors team early, the Samoan Barbarians were convincing 43-7winners (33-0 at halftime) over the Tongan Barbarians side.
The New Zealand Condors unit came out in the next match and defeated the visiting Canadians 34-0 – Jaylen Taupola from Scots College and Rico Symes from Christchurch Boys’ High School each scoring two tries.
The defending champions Australians lost to the New Zealand Fijians in pool play, but bounced back to beat Maori Invitational side 38-7, after opening up a 28-0 halftime lead. This was to prove their tournament high point.
It was joy for the Fijians and heartbreak for the Samoan Barbarians at the end of the first Cup semi-final, with the Fijians winning 21-17 on the hooter.
JayJay Su'emai from Aorere College opened the scoring for the Samoans. Caleb MuntZ from Hamilton Boys’ High School and Issac Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens from Francis Douglas Memorial College both replied for the Fijians to put them ahead 14-5 at the interval. Early in the second half Fiji conceded a yellow card from a high tackle inside their 22, presenting a try to Samoa to Hastings Boys’ High School’s Jeriah Mua, cutting the lead to 14-12. Mua’s school teammate Dany Toala set up a try to Auckland’s Siave Togoiu to put Samoa ahead 17-14 with 50 seconds remaining. Fiji attacked from deep inside their 22 and Rotorua Boys’ High School’s Selestino Ravutaumada scored the winner.
Fiji earned the right to play the New Zealand Condors side in the Cup final, after the latter defeated a tiring Australia side 42-0 in a contrasting second semi-final.
New Zealand made a cracking start, catching Australia napping off an attacking scrum and Taupola strolled through to the whitewash. Northland’s Scott Gregory powered through the defensive line to double the lead. Emoni Narawa from Hamilton Boys’ High School repeated the dose for their third try, while home school player Lemeki Namoa broke up the middle for their fourth on the break to make it 28-0 at halftime. Defensive pressure led to Namoa’s Sacred Heart teammate Taufa Funaki scoring the winner just after the interval, before setting up Rotorua Boys’ High School’s Taniella Fillimone for the sixth try.
Australia bounced back in style to beat the Samoan Barbarians 45-5 in the Plate final, Albert Hopoate scoring a hat-trick and setting up another try.
Captain Gregory showed his strength close to the line to open the Cup final scoring for the New Zealand Condors over Fiji. Peni Lasaqa from Saint Kentigern College scored an equaliser for Fiji, before Gregory crossed again on the shoulder of Brad McNaughten from Hamilton Boys’ High School. New Zealand led 10-7 at halftime.
New Zealand opened the second spell in final, with Gregory making a turnover near the sideline inside the 22 and TJ Ane from De La Salle College crossed the chalk to increase the lead to 17-7. Ane intercepted a loose pass and ran 25 metres to score his brace and it was now 22-7 with 4 minutes to play. Fiji weren’t done, New Plymouth Boys’ High School’s Saiasi Qiokata replying. But Fiji gifted New Zealand possession from an errant kick-off and Tauranga Boys’ College’s Leroy Carter scored the tournament winner. Fiji had the final say, Ratu Kuli Baleisomosomo, out of Saint Kentigern College, crossing for a consolation try to make the final score 27-17.
In a precursor to what was to come in the final, the New Zealand U17 girls side beat the Australian Schoolgirls team 5-0 in a round-robin thriller to top their pool, weathering all sorts of pressure to score the only try of the match to Hamilton Girls’ High School’s Montessa Tairakena in the 12th minute. Australia made a booming break on fulltime, but Manukura’s Kalyn Takitimu-Cook stopped a certain try with a covering tackle that ended the game.
In their semi-final, the New Zealand U17s weathered similar pressure from Japan, before Jazmin Hotham from Hamilton Girls’ High School scooped up a loose ball and scampered away to make it 7-0. Motueka High School’s Risi Pouri-Lane scored their second try that doubled the lead to 14-0 at halftime. Hotham and St Mary’s College’s Dhys Faleafaga ran in second half tries to make the final score 28-0.
The New Zealand U18s met the Australians in the second semi-final. Australia, featuring two full Australian Sevens representatives, scored the first try of the semi-final. Christchurch Girls’ High School’s Grace Brooker made a big run, setting up an equalising try that was scored by Aroranga Tauranga of Hamilton Girls’ High School. BoP’s Kororia Heyblom then busted over to put the home side up 12-7 at the turn. St Margaret’s College’s Melanie Puckett put captain Rina Paraone over for their third try, before Australia struck back to close the gap to 14-17. Australia lost a player to a yellow card, but scored again on the hooter to win 19-17.
The Girls Bowl final went to golden point extra time after the Tongans and the Samoan Barbarians finished at 12-12 at fulltime, with Patricia Maliepo scoring for the winner.
Feilding High School’s Georgia Ponsonby scored two tries as the New Zealand U18s beat Japan 20-12 to win the Plate final.
The New Zealand U17s hit the Girls Cup final with purpose, winning the kick-off, surging into the 22 and Hotham scoring the opening try. Courtney Hodder replied with an individual stunner for the Australians. New Zealand went wide from a defensive scrum to Dhys Faleafaga who skirted 80 metres to score to put the home team ahead 10-7 at halftime.
The Australians exerted pressure early in the second half and scored their second and third tries to push them ahead 19-10. New Zealand dug deep and Takitimu-Cook stretched over to cut the deficit to 15-19 with time for one more play.
Australia won the kick-off, the hooter went and Australia bombed a chance to kick the ball out. Instead, New Zealand won a penalty on the far side of play near halfway and launched a last-gasp desperate raid. Australia seemingly repelled this, but New Zealand squirted the ball out to Jazmin Hotham who scored the winner.
Game 3: New Zealand Fijians 29 – Maori Invitational 7
Game 4: Australia 38 v Cook Islands 7
Game 5: Tongan Barbarians 22 – Canada 17
Game 6: New Zealand Condors 26 - Samoa Barbarians 13
Game 9: Maori Invitational – Cook Islands TBC
Game 10: New Zealand Fijians beat Australia [Score]TBC
Game 11: Canada v Samoa Barbarians TBC
Game 12: New Zealand Condors v Tongan Barbarians TBC
Game 15: Samoa Barbarians 43 – Tongan Barbarians 7
Game 16: New Zealand Condors 34 - Canada 0
Game 17: New Zealand Fijians 34 - Cook Islands 7
Game 18: Australia 38 v Maori Invitational 7
Maori Invitational 28 – Canada 12
Tongan Barbarians 25 – Cook Islands 17
New Zealand Fijians 21 - Samoa Barbarians 17
New Zealand Condors 42 – Australia 0
Maori Invitational 17 – Tonga 5
Australia 45 - Samoan Barbarians 5
New Zealand Condors 27 - New Zealand Fijians 17
Game 1: New Zealand U17s Girls 22 – Samoa 7
Game 2: Japan Girls 17 - Tonga 10
Game 7: Australia 43 - Samoan Barbarians Girls 0
Game 8: New Zealand U18's Girls 40 v Tonga 0
Game 13: New Zealand U17s 5 – Australia 0
Game 14: New Zealand U18s 38 – Japan 5
New Zealand U17s 28 - Japan 0
Australia 19 - New Zealand U18s 17
Tonga 17 - Samoan Barbarians 12 (12-12 at fulltime)
New Zealand U18s 20 – Japan 12
New Zealand U17s 20 – Australia 19
An increase from 10 to 14 teams overall and a continuation of the hot sevens rugby seen at the same venue last weekend at the Condor Sevens, should make this Saturday’s second annual World Schools Sevens tournament a must-follow event.
Eight boys teams (up from six last year) and six girls sides (up from four) will battle it out over one day at Sacred Heart College to be crowned champions for 2017.
The tournament has a truly international feel to it, with teams from Australia (boys and girls), Canada (boys) and Japan (girls) entering, and invitational sides representing Tonga and Samoa (both boys and girls), and Fiji (boys).
Last year the Australians won the inaugural Boys tournament, beating the Samoan Barbarians 24-19 in the Cup final. The New Zealand Condors side settled for the Plate title with a 24-19 win over the Samoan Barbarians, so will be out for more.
Coached by Anare Koliavu, a former Northern United club teammate of the late All Black Jerry Collins and also a loose forward, the Australian team is sure to be slick and up for the challenge.
The New Zealand Boys Invitational squad is: 1 Scott Gregory (Northland Union), 2 Quade Tapsell (Gisborne Boys' High School), 3 TJ Ane (De La Salle Collge), 4 Leroy Carter (Tauranga Boys College), 5 Rico Symes (Christchurch Boys' High School), 6 Lemeki Namoa (Sacred Heart College), 7 Taufa Funaki Scots College), 9 Brad McNaughten (Hamilton Boys' High School), 10 Taniella Fillimone (Rotorua Boys'High School), 11 Lisiate Falou (Liston Collge), 12 Emoni Narawa (Hamilton Boys High School), 13 Jaylen Taupolo (Scots College), 14 Michael Loft (New Plymouth Boys'High School)
The New Zealand Condors team won the 2016 Girls tournament, beating the New Zealand Wasps invitational team 19-12 in the final.
The two New Zealand girls teams for the tournament are here: https://www.collegesportmedia.co.nz/rugby-union/new-zealand-u17-and-u18-schoolgirls-teams-selected-for-world-schools-tournament
The tournament is live on channel 51 from 12.30pm and College Sport Media will review the tournament.
Teams and Pools
The New Zealand U17 and U18 girls’ sevens teams have both been selected for the World School Sevens at Sacred Heart College in Auckland this coming weekend.
Players attended trials across the country in October after a nomination process was completed by secondary schools.
A total of 54 players were selected to be part of the wider training group and played in several regional sevens tournaments over the past eight weeks before the final squads were selected.
New Zealand Rugby’s Talent Development Sevens Manager Chad Tuoro said the selection process had been extensive.
“The nomination process allowed us to engage with non-rugby players from other sports who had the athletic attributes we were looking for.
“The teams assemble in Auckland today which is also the start of our preparation for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina next October. We will be aiming to qualify at the Oceania Qualifier in Sydney next April,” said Tuoro.
The New Zealand Under 17 and Under 18 teams will come up against opposition from Australia, Samoa, Japan and Tonga at this weekend’s World School Sevens tournament. SKY will be broadcasting on Sky Sport 1 from 12.30pm and College Sport Media will cover the tournament.
New Zealand U18 Girls Sevens
Amy du Plessis (Southland Girls' High School)
Aroranga Tauranga (Hamilton Girls' High School)
Carys Dallinger (Manukura)
Georgia Ponsonby (Feilding High School)
Grace Brooker (Christchurch Girls' High School)
Hannah Brough (Te Kuiti High School)
Isla Norman-Bell (Howick College)
Islay Fowler (University of Otago Rugby Club)
Ivamere Livani (Howick College)
Kororia Heyblom (Rangiuru Rugby Club)
Melanie Puckett (St Margaret's College)
Rina Paraone (University of Waikato Rugby Club)
Sydnee Wilkins (Motueka High School)
Utumalama Atonio (Rosehill College)
Unavailable for selection: Ora Williams (Rotoiti Rugby Club), Lyric Faleafaga (St Mary's College), Ainsleyanna Puletua (St Mary's College), Seria Murray-Wihongi (Whangarei Girl's High School)
New Zealand U 17 Girls Sevens
Azalleyah Maaka (Gisborne Girls' High School)
Dhys Falefaga (St Mary's College)
Iritana Hohaia (Opunake High School)
Isabella Carter (Rangi Ruru Girls' School)
Jazmin Hotham (Hamilton Girls' High School)
Kalyn Takitimu-Cook (Manukura School)
Mahina Alex Paul (St Kentigern College)
Montessa Tairakena (Hamilton Girls' High School)
Risaleaana Pouri-Lane (Motueka High School)
Tiana Davison (Sacred Heart Girls' College)
Tynealle Fitzgerald (Trident College)
Lonita Ngalu (Hamilton Girls' High School)
Lasalle Lefale (Howick College)
Brooke Neilson (New Plymouth Girls' High School)
NZ U18 Māori 7's team Named.
Congratulations to the following Boys on their selection into the NZ Māori U18's 7's squad to contest the International U18's Tournament on December 16th - 17th, in Auckland (Sacred Heart College).
NZ Māori U18 Sevens Squad 2017.
Arikitohia Hood-Kaitapu, Westlake Boys
Caleb Leef, Rangitoto College
Coel Kerr, Paeroa College
Connor Moors, Liston College
Dennis Koro, Kerikeri High
Donovan Mataira, Hastings Boys
James Te Paire, King High (Dn)
Johnny Cooper, Westlake Boys
Jordan Thompson, Hastings Boys
Judda Turahui, Kings College
Justice Hall, St Johns (Hn)
Keelan Whitman, St Pats Town (Wn)
Kingi Herewini, Rodney College
Liam Udy-Johns, Hastings Boys
Lukas Halls, Kings College
Matiu Samuel, Rongotai College
Revin TeTawhero Storey, One Tree Hill College
Robert Rush, St Kentigern College
Tahu Kaa, Christchurch Boys High
Valynce Crosby-Te Whare, St Paul Collegiate, (Hn)
In a repeat of 2015, Hamilton Boys’ High School and Hamilton Girls’ High School have won the
YouthTown Condor 7s titles. But the quality of the event has seen two tournament teams selected with players included from around the country. Congratulations to the following:
Condor 7’s Boys Tournament Team
Condor 7’s Girls Tournament Team
Amy du Plessis
In a repeat of 2015, Hamilton Boys’ High School and Hamilton Girls’ High School have won the
YouthTown Condor 7s titles.
Hamilton Girls’ beat Christchurch Girls’ High School 20-5 in the female decider. Jazmin
Hotham opened the scoring following a break down the left side. Lonita Ngalu stormed in for the
second, beating two players and dragging two more over the line.
The game threatened to turn Christchurch’s way when Martha Lolohea busted and was caught in
a high tackle resulting in a yellow card for Hamilton. Grace Brooker scored a try to close the gap
to 10-5, but when Ngalu busted again and Lena Mitchell, sporting a huge black eye, scored a try
to make it 15-5, Christchurch was consigned to defeat. Hotham iced the triumph with an 80-
Hamilton Boys’ joined Kelston Boys’ High School as the only college to win three championships in a row defeating Scots College 21-10. Hamilton burst to a 14-0 lead on the back of soft Scots defence. Caleb Muntz pushed through for the first try and Quinn Tupaea set up Tevita Fa’ukafa by barging past two would-be tacklers.
Scots were resurgent just before and shortly after the interval. An Eparama Sailo try reduced the
deficit to 14-5 and then Hamilton lost two players to the sin bin. However with 90 seconds
remaining Hamilton won a turnover and Tupaea showed his class by striding away for a critical
try. Scots captain Jayden Tuapola made the final score 21-10.
Hamilton thrashed Napier Boys’ High School, 41-5 in their semi-final. Liam Wilson scored two
of Hamilton’s seven tries in the rout. By contrast Scots required a last play try to Jack Gray to
foil Tauranga Boys’ College. Down 19-5 shortly after halftime, Cole Forbes and Leroy Carter
scored converted tries to draw Tauranga level before Gray grabbed his second and the winning
try, tapping quickly and catching Tauranga out of position.
Christchurch Girls’ eliminated defending champions St Mary’s College 17-0 in the semi-finals.
Stubborn defense and a wealth of first half possession were the key ingredients in Christchurch’s
success. Grace Brooker, Rosie Kelly and Nia Toaolamai-Holden scored tries for the southerners.
Hamilton Girls’ rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit to foil Motueka High School 24-10. A near
length of the field try to Motukea captain Risaleaana Pouri-Lane pushed Motukea ahead at the
break. However the combination of Montessa Tairakena and Jazmin Hotham caught fire for
Hamilton each scoring tries in a hard earned victory.
Hamilton Boys’ suggested they were in ominous form from the outset overwhelming Kelston
Boys’ High School 35-0 in the quarterfinals. Emoni Narawa celebrated two tries. Scots showed
composure to hold off a fast finishing Timaru 22-17. Jack Gray netted two tries in this fixture.
The most noteworthy thing to happen in the girls quarter final was St Mary’s College losing their
best player Dhys Faleafaga to injury. Dhys had scored two tries in the narrow 17-10 victory
against Howick College.
Day one provided plenty of surprises with leading contenders Southland Girls’ High School,
Rotorua Boys’ High School, Feilding High School and Hastings Boys’ High School all crashing
out in pool play.
In a repeat of 2016, Tauranga Boys’ College eliminated National Top Four champions Hastings
with a 24-5 win in Pool C. Tauranga’s hustle at the breakdown frustrated Hastings who lost a
player for ill-discipline and never found their groove.Leroy Carter (2), Connor McLeod and Cole
Forbes scored tries for Tauranga.
Timaru ousted 2016 runners up Feilding High School, 28-14. Tevita Eukaliti scored two tries to
keep Timaru level at halftime. Ryan Greenslade burst 75-meters to give Timaru the lead and then
captain Cullen Grace bullied his way through three defenders to seal victory.
Rotorua Boys’ High School looked to be in control of their Pool D fixture against Napier Boys’
High School when leading 12-0 at halftime. However a careless yellow card early in the second
spell saw Rotorua surrender the lead with less than 90 seconds remaining. Restored to a full
complement, Byron Kennedy outflanked the defence to secure a 17-14 victory. However Rotorua
later stumbled against Francis Douglas Memorial College who Napier beat along with
Cambridge High School to earn a place in the Cup quarter finals.
New Plymouth Girls’ High School scored four unanswered tries in the second-half to stun
Southland Girls High School 38-12. A second try to Paige Neilson shortly after the break rocked
Southland and they never recovered. Paige’s sister Brooke also flourished scoring New
Plymouth’s first try with a 60-metre dash.
Hamilton Girls’ were rampant in their two Sky games scoring a 68-0 victory over Otahuhu
College and dishing out a 48-0 hiding of Bay of Islands College. Montessa Tairakena scored five
tries across the two games and 2016 MVP Jazmin Hotham bagged two tries in the latter
For full results and tournament teams click here: https://www.facebook.com/condorsevens
Kerikeri High School and Kelston Boys’ High School are the respective Under-15 YouthTown Condor 7s champions after a thrilling pair of finals in bright sunshine at Sacred Heart College in Auckland this afternoon.
Debuants Kerikeri High School pipped Hamilton Girls’ High School 21-20 in the female decider while Kelston Boys’ High School overcame a fast-finishing New Plymouth Boys’ High School 19-10 in the male finale.
In the last minute of the girls decider, Kerikeri was down 20-14 when Kerikeri Rangimaria Waiatarere received the ball on an angle 35-metres out from the line. She changed direction with searing speed and avoided the retreating defense to touch down under the sticks. The successful conversion propelled Kerikeri ahead by a solitary point, despite being outscored four tries to three.
Kerikeri only had to kick the ball out to terminate time, but failed to do so. Hamilton launched a desperate final attack, but after multiple phases lost the ball and Kerikeri celebrated widely.
Earlier there were two lead changes in a vibrant affair which turned in Hamilton’s favour shortly after halftime when they scored two unanswered tries. Chyann Kaitapu was exceptional for Hamilton scoring two tries. Captain Mia Anderson and Andrea Cotton scored the other tries for Kerikeri.
In the boys decider, New Plymouth Boys’ High School conceded the first try for the first time all tournament and then fell further behind when Kelston captain Naufahu Whyte made it 12-0 at the break.
New Plymouth gradually grew in stature and closed the gap to 12-10 by punishing Kelston mistakes. Mason Milham and Jone Rova scored tries for New Plymouth.
Soane Mapa Jr was always a threat for Kelston and when he soared into space for the last time, New Plymouth’s defense was unable to prevent him from scoring his second try and winning Kelton the title.
Kerikeri High School blanked Aorere College from Auckland 17-0. K-Lee Going was the hero for Kerikeri scoring all three tries. In a tough and messy tussle, Going skipped away for her first try after a quick tap following a high tackle penalty. Her double was completed on the stroke of halftime when she pounced on a loose ball and darted away. Later in the second-half good teamwork resulted in further solo glory. K-Lee’s uncle is the great All Black halfback Sid Going;.
Hamilton Girls’ High School thrashed Lytton High School 32-7. Lytton had the last laugh, but were resoundingly beaten by the National First XV top four runners up. Chyann Kaitapu scored three tries for Hamilton.
New Plymouth Boys’ eliminated Hamilton Boys’ 31-5 with a well organised and polished display. Mason Milham, Matua Robinson and Liam Wano all scored tries and impressed with their hustle, posie and skill for New Plymouth.
Kelston Boys ’overcame a spirited Westlake Boys’ High School 24-12. Kaleb Emile-Vagoa and Soane Mapa Jr each scored two tries as Kelston enjoyed superior individual flair.
The home crowd suffered early disappointment when Sacred Heart College was eliminated by Kelston. Sacred Heart started in a promising fashion by crossing for the first try. Kelston soon gained the ascendancy with their superior height and physicality telling. Kaleb Emile-Vagoa shoved aside two players and burst 65-metres for Kelston’s first try. Emile-Vagoa added another in the second spell, before Faith Kalekale bullied his way through to seal the hosts fate.
Manurewa were disappointingly inaccurate against Westlake, failing to score any points. A more committed and polished Westlake earned a whitewash victory. Chlayton Frans scored the winning try and Etienne Piere was robust defensively for Westlake.
Palmerston North Boys’ High School led Hamilton Boys’ 7-5 at halftime, but faded after the interval to lose heavily. Logan Love scored a converted try on the hooter to nudge the Manawatu visitors ahead. Hamilton pulled clear with three unanswered tries in the second-half. Westyn Cobb, Harry Russ, Noah Hotham and Dean Christensen crossed the chalk for Hamilton.
New Plymouth Boys’ survived a late rally to overcome St Peter’s College. New Plymouth raced ahead by posting the first three tries, but some individual brilliance by Ben Fuhiniu sparked a Catholic resurgence. Firstly Fuhiniu scored a 75-metre try gassing his marker on the outside and then he cross-kicked for Liam Wheeler to snaffle and score. Che Potaka eased New Plymouth nerves by breaching tired defense.
Boys’ Cup Quarter Final Scores:
Kelston Boys’ High School: 19 v Sacred Heart College: 12
Westlake Boys’ High School: 12 v Manurewa High School: 0
Hamilton Boys’ High School: 26 v Palmerston North Boys’ High School: 7
New Plymouth Boys’ High School: 20 v St Peter’s College, Auckland: 14
Boys Tournament Team
Brooke Robson (Westlake BHS)
Chicago Doyle (King’s College)
Piki Mihinui (King’s College)
Blake Makiri (Sacred Heart College) - MVP
AJ Falefaga (St Peter’s College, Auckland)
Terrance Graham (Feilding High School)
Asolelei Fretton (Kelston BHS)
Sione Tapuosi (Kelston BHS)
Jacob Te Huni (New Plymouth BHS)
Soane Mapa Jr (Kelston BHS)
Grady Walshe (Sacred Heart College)
Matua Robson (New Plymouth BHS)
Girls Tournament Team
Melvina Weilert (Aorere College)
Manaia Nuku (Hamilton GHS) - MVP
Keyani Leith (Hamilton GHS)
Shae Daley (Hamilton GHS)
Eva Fulton (Kerikeri HS)
Mia Anderson (Kerikeri HS)
Kelsey Teneti (Lytton HS)
Gaibriell Wainohu (Lytton HS)
Ruby Hutchieson (New Plymouth GHS)
Kylah Talamahina (Southland GHS)
Abby Lockhard (Howick College)
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