The Manawatu Turbos were asked to put their afterburners on against Southland in their Men's NPC second round clash at home on Friday night. The Turbos raced to a 24-0 lead, but the Stags dragged themsevles back to 31-31 late in the match. But first five-eighth Otere Black kicked the match winner with time almost up. It was the first time since 2006 that Manawatu has started their NPC wit consecutive wins. For more view Draws & Results across the top of this page.
North Harbour coach Steve Jackson wants his player to embrace the pressure of challenging for the Ranfurly Shield on Saturday, rather than fearing it. Jackson said they've made Saturday's game against Waikato all about the Log o' Wood, rather than seeing it as just another opportunity to pick up points in the national provincial championship. "As soon as the draw came out we were really excited in knowing we would have the first Shield challenge and we've approached it like that," Jackson said.†Read more here
Both teams have been named for Thursday night's Men's NPC second round and Mike Gibson Memorial Trophy match between Otago and Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Both sides welcome back players from the Highlanders and Hurricanes.†See the teams here
Wallabies defence coach Nathan Grey says his team's problems in his area can be easily fixed and the weekend flogging by the All Blacks will fuel their fire for Saturday's return clash in Wellington. Australia conceded six tries and missed a whopping 38 tackles in the 42-8†in the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney.†Read more here
Canterbury steamrolled Auckland 43-3 in their Men's NPC competition opener at Christchurch on Saturday night. Canterbury led the listless Auckland 29-3 at halftime and soon kicked clear. Auckland kept Canterbury scoreless in the final quarter. Follow the NPC at the Draws & Results link above.†
The Tasman Makos beat Waikato for the fourth consecutive time in NPC matches on Sunday evening to round out the Men's NPC first round set of matches. Lock Alex Ainley scored a late match-wnning try. Otago powered past Southland in the day's other match. View the Men's and Women's NPC Draws & Results across the top of this page.†
Nine†new caps are the feature of a†new-look Wellington Lions squad named to play Hawke’s Bay in round one of the NPC in Napier on Saturday. New players are Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke), Chris Baumann, Sam Lousi, Galu Taufale (Poneke),†Asafo Aumua (Avalon), Alex Fidow (Ories), Peter Umaga-Jensen (Wainuiomata),†Kane Leaupepe (Ories) and Pakai Turia (Poneke).
The 2016 NPC started with a bang on Thursday night with Championsip team North Harbour beating Premiership side Counties Manukau at home 20-17 in the first game. †
Lock Liaki Moli will play his 50th game for Auckland when they take on Canterbury in their NPC opener and Supporers' Cup clash against Canterbury on Saturday.†Read more here
Manawatu defeated Northland 34-27 in a seven try thriller in Whangarei in their NPC opener, fullback Jason Emery scoring the winning try. Manawatu led 17-0 in the first half, before Northland came back to take a 19-17 lead at halftime. The Turbos put the afterburnners on, and with the help of their bench they powered through to win at the end.†
It takes some doing, but on Saturday night, I felt genuinely sorry for the Wallabies. †If this had been a boxing match, they would have called it off in the 4th round, just to stop something - like Wallabies rugby - dying. As it was, they survived the second 40, probably because there was no provision to give the entire team a concussion test at halftime. That was a devilishly good All Black first 40, that no tier-one opponent could have stuck with.
Article courtesy of † www.RugbyHeartland.co.nz Follow the 2016 Heartland competition here by visiting Draws & Results above and using the Select Competitions tab to navigate the Men’s and Women’s NPC and the Heartland Championship. Featuring 12 provincial teams from across the country, the Heartland Championship showcases rising young talent, provincial rivalry, and honours tradition with the Meads Cup and Lochore Cup.
Mount Albert Grammar School, Christchurch Boys’ High School and St Paul’s Collegiate won the three remaining major First XV competition finals today. MAGS beat Sacred Heart College 15-13 to win the Auckland 1A competition, Christchurch BHS edged Shirley BHS 21-20 to annex the Crusaders region UC Championship and St Paul’s defeated St Peter’s 30-16 in the final of the Central North Island competition.
I’ve been struggling to care much about the Olympics. I think it’s way too big, with too many sports that shouldn’t be there. Golf, tennis, Pokemon Go (slated for 2024 I am pretty sure). Oh, and I guess rugby 7s – although at least rugby was part of the early modern Olympiad. But a bit like Super Rugby – current holders the Hurricanes – I can’t see any way anyone is going to reduce the bloat.
UPDATED : It was a big weekend of First XV matches around the country as the business end of the season draws nearer. Hastings Boys’ High School won the Super 8 competition for the first time since 2004 with a dominant 30-8 win over Hamilton Boys’ High School in today’s final. First five-eighth First five-eighth Lincoln McClutchie bagged a double for Hastings while fullback Danny Toala†had his kicking boots on in landing all six kicks on goal for the home side.