Waikato Schools have completed a double triumph at the Condor Sevens at Kelston Boys' High School today.
Hamilton Boys' High School won the open boys title for the first time since 2008 while Hamilton Girls' High School successfully defended their 2014 title.
Hamilton Girls' were utterly dominant conceding only one try in the tourney and amassing 33 of their own.
In the final they trounced Southland Girls' High School 35-0 with tournament MVP's Terina Te Tamaki and Tenika Willison starring. Te Tamaki scored three tries, including two length of the field efforts while Willison had the last say.
Earlier Hamilton Girls' accounted for Motueka High School 29-5 in the quarter final and Te Puke High School 24-0 in the semi-final. Te Tamaki scored two tries in the semi-final while Willison collected a double in the quarter final. Lyric Siaki scored the only try against Hamilton.
Southland was the strongest team on the opposite side of the draw. They beat Mount Albert Grammar School 29-5 in the quarter final and Feilding High School 22-7 in the semi-final. Bree Thomas scored two tries in the semi-final and Kendall Buckingham and Alena Saili celebrated a pair each in the quarter final.
Other highlights of the finals play was Lauren Balsillie two tries for Feilding against Christchurch Girls in the quarter finals and the aggressive play of Te Puke High School. Brieana-Leigh Russell and captain Riria Mohi-Dewhirst were particularly prominent.
Cup Quarter Finals
Hamilton 29 - 5 Motueka
Te Puke 26 - 7 Tauranga
Feilding 17 - 14 Christchurch
Southland 29 - 5 Mt Albert
Hamilton 24 - 0 Te Puke
Feilding 12 - 19 Southland
Hamilton 35 - 0 Southland
Christchurch Girls' High School - Plate winners
St Mary's College - Bowl winners
New Plymouth Girls' High School - Shield winners
Hamilton Boys' High School revenged their First XV Chiefs semi-final defeat by stripping Rotorua Boys' High School of the title.
In the semi-finals Hamilton outpaced Rotorua 42-12. Xavier Roe scored two early tries and tournament MVP Sevu Reece crossed and played a hand in most of the tries scored.
In the quarter finals Hamilton was forced to defend for long periods against Kelston, but eventually pulled away to win 22-12. Reece, Samuel Toa, Kieran Lee and Rameka Poihipi, later carried to the trophy presentation injured on a chair, were the try scorers. TJ Vaega and Fa'atupu Lisati scored for Kelston.
In the final Hastings asked plenty of questions of Hamilton' defence, especially early in the second-half, but Hamilton's disruption at the breakdown and ability to scramble desperately secured the victory. Hamilton's tries in the final were scored by Reece, Toa, Charlie Lawrence and Shaquille Sue Warra. Reece's swansong where he beat five defenders, stumbled, but regained his footing and the ball to score was perhaps the best try of the weekend.
Hastings Boys' High School reached the final after tipping out Feilding 22-5 in the semi-final. Hunta Marsh impressed on the right wing flank scored two tries.
St. Bede's College were desperately unlucky to lose two thrillers. In the cup quarter final they rallied from 21-7 down to tie with Feilding, only to lose on a meek mistake and in the Plate Final they surrendered a two-try lead to lose on the last play. Calum Goddard scored a try for Christchurch that triggered a wild celebration from an especially exuberant mother - an appropriate exclamation mark on a weekend where there was plenty to cheer about.
Boys' Quarter final Scores
Rotorua BHS: 27 (Matangireia Yates-Francis 2, Kaleb Trask, James Tofa, Leethan Rawiri tries) Christchurch BHS: 7 (Jesse Huston try)
Hastings BHS: 29 (Devan Flanders 2, Hunta Marsh, Danny Toala, Antonio Mikaele-Tuu tries) Mount Albert Grammar School: 14 (Niven Longopoa, Caleb Clarke tries)
Feilding High School: 28 (Vilimoni Koroi 2, Jack Kinder, Josiah Maraku tries) St. Bede's College: 21 (Zach McKay, Declan McCormack, Gerard Evans tries)
Christchurch Boys' High School - Boys Plate winners
Nelson College - Boys Bowl winners
St Paul's Collegiate - Shield winners
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