St Mary’s College won their third consecutive Wellington Schoolgirls title at Jerry Collins Stadium on Wednesday night, beating Porirua College 44-15.
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The run of play was much closer than the scoreline suggests, with Porirua College competing for long periods and contributing to a hard-fought physical final.
The final was a 10-a-side match, owing to Porirua College not having enough players to field a full team.
In fact, the lack of numbers was a key factor in the result. Porirua started with just 13 players and they would lose a player to injury midway through the first half reducing their bench to two. St Mary’s started with 19 and employed all their players to good effect.
St Mary’s scored two runaway tries to open their scoring, on their way to a 22-5 halftime lead.
Porirua scored their first half try to halfback Shadal Tamatoa-Clarke, while left wing Faafounia Afamasaga would score two more. Porirua closed to 22-10 just after halftime, but St Mary’s scored another three consecutive tries to pull clear.
On 25 August St Mary’s play the winner of the Feilding High School versus Manukura match that is being played this Saturday. The winner of that will represent the Hurricanes region at the National Top 4 tournament on 7 and 9 September.
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