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28 May: Canes have to much class for Bulls

It wasn’t the massacre that the Vodacom Bulls’ fans had feared, but the defending champions, the Hurricanes, still had way too much class to come under threat, winning 34-20 in their Vodacom Super Rugby match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.  SCORERS: Hurricanes – tries: Jordie Barrett, Ngani Laumape, Wes Goosen, Mark Abbott, Leni Apisai. Conversions: Otere Black (2) Jordie Barrett. Penalties: Black. Bulls – tries: Duncan Matthews, Nic de Jager. Conversions: Tian Schoeman, Tony Jantjies. Penalties Schoeman (2). The Hurricanes head to Perth to play the Force in their next match. 

 

26 May: Fifita to start at blindside

Vaea Fifita (Wellington Axemen) is set to start at blindside flanker for the Hurricanes against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria this weekend. Regular blindside Brad Shields (Petone) is retained at No. 8. The Hurricanes have met the Bulls 19 times in Super Rugby, winning 10 of those matches. The most recent was in 2015, when they snuck home 17-13 in Pretoria. The match is at 1.05am Sunday NZT. Read more here

22 May: New Photo galleries loaded

Visit Photos above to see a selection of photo galleries from the weekend. More being loaded soon.  

 

19 May: SMC hoping for more of the same in 2017

It’s been a whirlwind last nine months or so forplaymaker Cheyne Copeland and the St Mary’s College rugby team, finishing runners-up at the NZSS Top 4 Girls 15-a-side finals, winning the Wellington American Ambassador’s 7s tournament (that’s the senior club rugby 7s title), capturing the NZSS Condor 7s title, retaining the Sir Gordon Tietjens 7s crown and capping it all off a fortnight ago by being crowned world champions at the Sanix 7s tournament in Japan....Read more here 

18 May: Wellington Colts player passes away

Club Rugby's thoughts today are with the family, friends and teamates ofWellington Axemen Colts player Daniel Baldwin passed away yesterday evening. Daniel had been in an induced coma in Wellington Hospital since Saturday after collapsing during a match at Ngati Toa Domain last Saturday. The collective thoughts of everyone in the Wellington rugby community are with the Baldwin family and the Wellington Football Club at what is an extremely difficult time for everyone involved in our game. The New Zealand Rugby Foundation, New Zealand Rugby and the WRFU have offered their full support to the Baldwin family and offered counselling to other parties affected by this tragic accident.

17 May Ories win Colts
17 May: Ories win Colts

Ories beat MSP in their catch-up Colts match tonight. After four completed rounds of the Paris Memorial Trophy competition, the points table is: Petone 20; Ories 16; OBU 11; Tawa 10; MSP 9; Poneke 6; Norths 6; Upper Hutt Rams 2

14 May: Dom Post covers Round 10

The Dominion Post has covered the 10th round of the Swindale Shield. Read their reviews of the games here 

13 May: Friday night games

The HOBM Howlers defeated the OBU Bunnies 12-5 in a tight struggle at Alex Moore Park on Friday night in their third round JC U85kg clash. Meanwhile, a second scheduled Friday night club rugby contest between Ories and MSP in the Paris Memorial Trophy at Te Whaea had to be called off prior to kick-off owing to some of the lights being out at the ground. New on the re-schedulement of this match is forthcoming. 

10 May: Young Wellington College first XV looking to build

Wellington College's first XV will take a patient approach to the season as they look to blood a host a new players. The defending WelTec Premiership champions have just 10 players returning from last season and went through their pre-season with losses to Francis Douglas Memorial College (32-22), Feilding High School (38-29) and Hastings Boys' High School (50-10). But they rallied well on Saturday to open the Tranzit Coachlines First XV Festival with a 19-13 win over Gisborne Boys' High School. Read more here

10 May: Petone Midfielder to debut for Scotland

Former Petone midfielder Nick Grigg, now playing for the Glasgow Warriors, is set to make his debut for Scotland in their June internationals against Italy in Singapore, Australia in Sydney and Fiji in Suva. Read more here

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Best & Fairest

Best and Fairest Round 11

The Billy Wallace Trophy Best & Fairest competition is awarded on a 3,2 and 1 basis by Dominion Post reporters after each game. 

Best & Fairest frontrunners after round 11 of the Swindale Shield:

12 points: Hemi Fermanis (Tawa), Cole Stewart (Poneke)

11 points: Antony Fox (Northern United), Ben Tupuola (Wainuiomata)

10 points: Parekura Lalaga (Northern United), Sam Gard’ner (Wellington)

9 points:  Lester Maulolo (Petone)

8 points: Ben Peni (Avalon)

7 points: Joyner Key (Upper Hutt Rams), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Isaac O’Connor (Marist St Pat’s)

6 points: Adam Deck (Oriental-Rongotai), Mike Buckley (Marist St Pat’s), Pepesana Patafilo (Tawa), Chris Middleton (Northern United), Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone), Brandyn Laursen (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Cameron Ross (Wainuiomata), Joe ‘Apikotoa (Hutt Old Boys Marist)

5 points: Will Mangos (Old Boys University), Sam Coventry (Old Boys University), Peter Sciascia (Marist St Pat’s), Alex Ropeti (Oriental-Rongotai)), Sheridan Rangihuna (Hutt Old Boys Marist), Alex Ropeti (Oriental-Rongotai), Blake Neve (Paremata-Plimmerton), Aukuso Tuitama (Oriental-Rongotai), Jacob Gooch (Petone), Karl Dunelow (Oriental-Rongotai), Jack Ross (Petone), Teariki Ben Nicholas (Old Boys University)

4 points: 10 players on 4 points 

3 points: 50 players on 3 points

The 2016 frontrunners were: 
18 points: Peniasi Tokakece (Tawa)
16 points: Greg Foe (Poneke), Mitchell Markov (Upper Hutt Rams), Tomasi Palu (OBU)
15 points: Wes Goosen (OBU)

Featured Points Table
Swindale Shield 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
OBU 12 10 2 0 453 226 9 49
Wainui 12 9 3 0 337 259 11 47
Ories 12 8 2 2 337 264 10 46
Norths 12 9 3 0 367 241 9 45
HOBM 12 8 4 0 418 270 10 42
Marist St Pats 12 7 5 0 431 256 12 40
Tawa 12 8 4 0 391 234 7 39
Petone 12 6 5 1 330 264 9 35
Poneke 12 6 5 1 388 283 7 33
Upper Hutt Rams 12 5 7 0 369 353 8 28
Wellington 12 3 9 0 211 444 4 16
J'ville 12 2 10 0 196 420 1 9
Avalon 12 0 11 1 155 501 3 5
Pare-Plim 12 0 11 1 156 524 2 4
Featured Points Table
Victoria Tavern / Senior Women's Victoria Tavern Trophy 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Ories 2 2 0 0 68 15 2 10
Norths 3 2 1 0 66 59 1 9
Marist St Pats 2 1 1 0 51 25 2 6
OBU 3 1 2 0 66 101 1 5
Wainui 2 0 2 0 24 75 1 1
Featured Points Table
Victoria Tavern / Senior Women's Senior Women’s 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Petone 3 3 0 0 73 10 2 14
Poneke 3 1 2 0 102 35 3 7
HOBM 2 1 1 0 31 34 1 5
Pare-Plim 2 1 1 0 20 41 1 5
Tawa 2 0 2 0 0 106 0 0
Featured Points Table
Les Mills Paris Memorial U21s 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Petone 6 6 0 0 241 72 6 30
Ories 6 4 2 0 207 124 7 23
Tawa 6 4 2 0 137 136 3 19
Marist St Pats 6 3 3 0 146 183 3 15
OBU 6 2 3 1 119 110 2 12
Norths 6 2 3 1 97 178 1 11
Poneke 6 1 5 0 90 162 3 7
Upper Hutt Rams 6 1 5 0 68 140 2 6
Featured Points Table
Women's 1st Round Div One 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Marist St Pats 4 4 0 0 176 44 4 20
Poneke 4 3 1 0 103 60 3 15
Pare-Plim 4 1 3 0 73 119 2 6
Petone 4 2 2 0 143 82 1 5
Tawa 4 1 3 0 10 200 1 5
Featured Points Table
Harper Lock Shield 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
OBU 12 11 1 0 528 173 11 55
HOBM 12 10 1 1 380 244 8 50
Norths 12 10 2 0 371 244 9 49
Tawa 12 8 4 0 354 249 9 41
Upper Hutt Rams 12 8 4 0 415 247 7 39
Petone 12 7 5 0 325 226 10 38
Marist St Pats 12 7 5 0 359 264 7 35
Poneke 12 6 5 1 305 276 8 34
Wainui 12 6 6 0 286 285 10 34
Ories 12 3 9 0 329 429 11 23
Avalon 12 3 8 1 299 420 7 21
Pare-Plim 12 2 9 1 178 453 3 13
J'ville 12 1 11 0 239 591 7 11
Wellington 12 0 11 1 189 456 5 5
Featured Points Table
85kg Restricted JC Bowl 2017
  P W L D F A B Pts
Wellington 5 5 0 0 179 13 4 24
Tawa 5 5 0 0 70 5 4 24
Avalon 5 3 2 0 95 66 2 14
Eastbourne 5 3 2 0 106 95 2 14
J'ville 5 2 3 0 141 104 2 10
HOBM 5 2 3 0 41 80 0 8
OBU Bunnies 5 0 4 1 20 130 1 1
Wests 5 0 4 1 21 180 1 1
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Pick the score 2017 club rugby...coming soon.

Today In History
28 May 1987: Newly promoted Tawa slay Petone 30-13 at Lyndhurst Park. Petone are at near full strength and lead 13-10 at halftime, but a fired up Tawa beat them 20-0 in the second half. English locks Richard Denhart and Chris Burgess tower high.
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