North Harbour 1st XV Report – 17 and 19 August 2017
By Harry Pottinger-Coombes of Westlake BHS
A late try has secured Rosmini College the 2017 North Harbour 1A championship, beating out old rivals Westlake Boys High School in the final, 18-12. Having won one game apiece earlier in the season, the match was sure to be close and high in intensity. The crowd was electric, with supporters coming out in their hundreds to cheer for their beloved schools. As Rosmini performed their haka, Westlake walked forward confidently to show they were very much up for the challenge. From kick-off, the intensity and tension between the sides was phenomenal, with ferocious tackles being made and the occasional scuffle. An early penalty from Rosmini halfback Connor Leather gave Rosmini the lead which they carried through to halftime.
Both sides had created opportunities but hadn’t been able to convert, partly because of the standard of defence being played. However this was to change in the second half. Leather kicked another penalty for Rosmini, increasing their lead to 6-0. Yet soon after, Westlake fullback Johnny Cooper broke out from his own half before spreading it to his winger who in turn passed inside to first-five Nikau Graham. Just metres from the line, 3 phases later flanker Tupou Afungia crashed over to score. Westlake were finally on the board however the conversion was missed and they were still down 6-5. Rosmini were however quick to respond, reclaiming the ball off the restart and minutes later Rosmini scored in the left corner. The conversion was missed but Rosmini had re-established their lead. Yet the tries kept coming, with Graham making a break out of nowhere, flicking it inside to Nikau Drage 10 metres from the line. Westlake earned a penalty and kicked for touch. They stayed patient off the lineout and No. 8 Lotu Inisi scored from close range in a similar position to the previous one. Cooper nailed this conversion and a roar went up from the Westlake crowd as they had their first lead of the game, up 12-11 with 18 minutes to go. Westlake had the momentum and defended superbly for the next 10 minutes. However eventually they caved to the wave of Rosmini attack and after an extremely long period in the Westlake half, Rosmini spread the ball out to right winger Barlow who showed great strength and speed to score in the corner. The conversion was good and Rosmini had reclaimed their 6 point lead with 8 minutes to go. Westlake immediately attacked off the kickoff and came metres from the tryline numerous times but couldn’t control the ball. Eventually, the siren went and Westlake knocked the ball on and the game was over. It was a heart-breaking loss in what was otherwise an extremely successful season for Westlake, while Rosmini had won their third title in 3 years.
In the Plate final held 19 August Masssey were too good for Whangarei Boys winning 32-8 over the visitors.
The 1B grade played their last round of games with Rosmini 2nd XV 15-8 winners over Whangaparaoa 1st XV and Westlake 2nd XV thumping Kaipara 1st XV 67-0. Mahurangi 1st XV had the bye. Westlake 2nd XV will face Mahurangi 1st XV in the 1`B final at QBE Stadium Oval on Saturday 26 August.
1B Points: Westlake 2nd XV 56, Mahurangi 1st XV 46, Rosmini 2nd XV 40, Kaipara 1st XV 24 and Whangaparaoa 1st XV 24.
In the 1C Final Kristin 1st XV triumphed over Northcote 1st XV to take the silverware, winning 15-10. Westlake 4th XV defeated Albany Senior High 1st XV 31-7 to lift the 3rd grade trophy. In the 7B final in an all Westlake game, Red just edged Green 24-23. The Girls final was won by Kaipara for fourth year in a row defeating Glenfield 27-0 on Monday 14 August.
In the 2nd grade the teams played their last round of games resulting in Orewa 2nd XV topping the table and they will face 2nd placed Rangitoto 2nd XV in the final 26 August on QBE Stadium Oval.
The 4th grade teams in the Wider Auckland U70Kg grade have Sacred Heart defeating Rosmini 13-0 in the A grade top 4 and Rangitoto beating Westlake 19-5 in the A grade bottom 4. Takapuna marches on in the B grade cross-over quarter-finals beating Macleans 45-0, Sacred Heart B edged Whangaparaoa 12-10 and Northcote put away Rosehill 22-15.
In the 5A semi-finals, Rangitoto beat Mahurangi 78-3 and Rosmini beat Massey A 38-5 for a Rangitoto vs Rosmini final on 26 August on QBE Stadium Oval. The 5B semi-finals had Birkenhead beating Westlake B 51-5 and Kaipara defeated Albany Junior 38-17 for a 5B final of Birkenhead vs Kaipara at Birkenhead 26 August. Westlake A playing in the Auckland U15A grade, beat Mt Albert 29-7 in the last round of games but finished out of the running for semi-finals.
In the 6A semi-finals Westlake A were too good for Kaipara winning 62-0 and Orewa just edged Rosmini A for a 19-5 win to provide a Westlake A vs Orewa final 26 August on QBE Stadium Oval. The 6B semi-finals saw Westlake B beat Rangitoto convincingly 48-5 and Massey A come out on top 15-5 over Rosmini B for a 5B final hosted by Westlake B vs Massey A.
7A played their final fixtures and Mahurangi will face Takapuna in the final 26 August on QBE Stadium Oval.
In the NZ Schools Top 4 Blues Region play-offs, North Harbour 1A champion Rosmini will face either St Kentigerns or Sacred Heart in Boys play-off 2 September at Rosmini. Rangitoto travel to Kerikeri this Thursday 24 August for the Co-Ed semi-final with the winner playing Aorere 2 September at a venue to be advised. Kaipara Girls will play either Southern Cross or Onehunga on 2 September at Kaipara.
Photos by Do-Yeong Kim (DK) and Shaun Lee (SL) of Westlake BHS.
Shaun Lee pic-17 Aug - Rosmini Wing Joe Taylor scores in the tackle of Westlake Ctr Nikau Drage - WS
Do-Yeong Kim pic-17 Aug -Westlake Flkr Tupou Afungia drives for the line for his try as Rosmini 9 Connor Leather tries to hold him out - WS
Horth Harbour 1st XV Report – 12 August 2017
By Harry Pottinger-Coombes of Westlake BHS
In the first do or die semi-final clash of the North Harbour 1A competition, Westlake Boys have come out victorious against a spirited Takapuna Grammar side, winning 17-3. Neither side created many opportunities however Westlake were able to create two tries out of nothing, both scored by Markuu Venter. These tries proved to be the difference in a match dominated by the wind, which disrupted kicking and lineouts on several occasions.
It was clear early on that Takapuna Grammar were a different side to the one that were beaten here 94-3 earlier in the season. They came very close to scoring however they knocked the ball on the try-line and Westlake were able to clear. The respective first-fives Johnny Cooper and Oscar Koller traded penalties to level the scores at 3-3. The match was being played at an extremely high intensity, with the ferocity of tackles resulting in several high tackles being penalised. However, Westlake were soon able to break the deadlock, with a clearing kick by Westlake bouncing awkwardly for the Takapuna fullback. From here the ball fell into the path of winger Markuu Venter, who toed it ahead for 40 metres before diving onto it to score. Takapuna were visibly shocked and the try was converted to make it 10-3 heading into halftime. In the second half, Takapuna dominated possession, spending long periods in the Westlake half while rarely making it into the 22. Westlake scored their second try again out of nowhere, as Johnny Cooper broke through the centre of the field, sucked in his defender and gave it out to Venter, who out-sprinted the last defender to score next to the posts.
This put the score at 17-3 and despite another wave of Takapuna attack, this didn’t change, and Westlake had deservedly earned their spot in the final against Rosmini.
In the Rosmini versus Rangitoto semi-final it was a dominant performance from a rampant Rosmini much improved since the early part of the season. They made their luck, used the strong wind in the first half to gain territorial advantage, won countless turn-overs and took their chances on offer to win 25-5.
Winger Patrick Barlow picked up a brace of tries in the first half, chasing a kick into Rangitoto’s red zone forcing a defensive mix-up, got the lucky bounce to go in under the posts. The second was from a ball secured from a lineout, surging down the outside, breaking tackles to score out wide. Late in the second half, reserve prop Devon Harris capitalised on a forward drive following an attacking lineout to score in the corner and seal the deserved win. Halfback Connor Leather as usual nailed his kicks with regular monotony, some with a large degree of difficulty in the strong wind, to kick two penalties and two conversions. Rangitoto did not get into the game as was expected. The unexpected loss to Takapuna in the previous week must have been a factor plus they weren’t hungry enough. Dealing with Leather’ s numerous kicks into their red zone proved too difficult and they put themselves under pressure too many times which Rosmini exploited. Neither side had much luck in the lineouts with the wind, but a popular try to Rangitoto No.8 and captain Joshua Tanner from a lineout 5 metres out was well taken and gave them hope but despite some opportunities on attack it was not to be after a stella season with strong support from their many spectators. Rosmini move forward with confidence to face the old foe Westlake at QBE Stadium 5.15pm Thursday 17 August prior to the Mitre 10 cup fixture vs Otago.
In the Plate semi-finals Massey hosted Orewa winning 20-13 against the spirited Coasties and, Whangarei at home drew 29 all with Birkenhead but go through to the Plate final due to better on-field discipline on the day under the semi-final rules. The Plate final will be 12pm Saturday 19 August at Massey with Whangarei travelling down SHY 1 to West Auckland.
In the 1B championship Kaipara 1st XV got up to beat Whangaparaoa 1st XV 31-10 to jump them on the table and in the battle of the top two sides Westlake 2nd XV beat Mahurangi 1st XV 29-15 at Warkworth. Rosmini 2nd XV had the Bye. 1B play their last round robin games 19 Aug with a 1v2 final 26 August at NH Domain.
1B Points: Westlake 2nd XV 51, Mahurangi 1st XV 46, Rosmini 2nd XV 36, Kaipara 1st XV 24 and Whangaparaoa 1st XV 23.
In the 1C championship Kristin 1st XV edged Northcote 1st XV 15-10 and Long Bay 1st XV beat Massey 2nd XV 32-26.
1C Points: Kristin 1st XV 14, Northcote 1st XV 10, Long Bay 1st XV 6 and Massey 2nd XV 2.
The 1C final will be hosted by Kristin 1st XV versus Northcote 1st XV at 12pm Saturday 19 August.
Rosmini Hbk Connor Leather kicking a conversion
North Harbour 1st XV Report for 5 August 2017
By Harry Pottinger-Coombes of Westlake BHS
In what was a very low scoring match, Rosmini College has handed Westlake Boys High School its first loss of the season, winning 13-0. Fuelled by their pre-match haka, Rosmini played with a ferocity that Westlake simply could not match, as their defence was outstanding. Westlake however committed far too many errors, costing them scoring chances on numerous occasions. Westlake started the match on the backfoot, as Rosmini claimed the ball off their own kick-off and won a penalty giving them a lineout 5 metres out from the Westlake line. They immediately turned to a driving maul and a few phases later hooker David Meki crashed over next to the posts. Fly-half Connor Leather converted this and Rosmini had set the tone early. Soon after, Rosmini attacked in the same position and would have scored had they not knocked the ball on the try line. However they were playing under advantage and Leather kicked an easy penalty giving Rosmini a 10-0 buffer. Westlake were beginning to show frustration, with unforced errors such as twice being offside on the kick-off. Leather kicked a second penalty before halftime, putting the score at 13-0.
In the second half, Westlake completely dominated possession, but not once could they capitalise. They continued to commit errors in the lineout and handling. At one point, Westlake were able to string together multiple phases and looked certain to score but miraculously Rosmini were able to rip the ball away at the tryline. The score didn’t change in the second half and ultimately it had been Rosmini’s stoic defence that led to Westlake’s poor execution and a hard fought win.
In the other 1A fixtures Massey accounted for Orewa 33-18, Whangarei were too good for Birkenhead winning 27-5 and in another upset Takapuna surprised Rangitoto with a well taken 20-8 win. In the Championship semi-finals to be held 12 August, Westlake will host Takapuna and Rosmini will face Rangitoto on their patch. In the Plate semi-finals Massey take on Orewa at home and Birkenhead travel to Whangarei.
1A Points: Westlake 63, Rosmini 57, Rangitoto 50, Takapuna 39, Massey 25, Whangarei 18, Birkenhead 12 and Orewa 9.
In the 1B division, Westlake 2nd XV defeated Whangaparaoa 1st XV 46-20 in a high scoring encounter, Mahurangi 1st XV edged Rosmini 2nd XV 15-8 and Kaipara 1st XV had the bye.
1B Points: Mahurangi 1st XV 46, Westlake 2nd XV 46, Rosmini 2nd XV 36, Whangaparaoa 1st XV 23 and Kaipara 1st XV 19.
In the 1C division, Northcote1st XV beat Massey 2nd XV 22-10 and Kristin 1st XV defeated Long Bay 1st XV 22-15.
1C Points: Kristin 1st XV 10, Northcote1st XV 9, Long Bay 1st XV 1 and Massey 2nd XV 0.
Photo by Shaun Lee, of Westlake BHS.
Rosmini Lk Max Hicks secures lineout ball
North Harbour 1st XV Report – 29 July
In the round 13 1st XV 1A match of the week bottom placed Orewa found some form to comfortably beat Birkenhead 24-10 at home. No. 8 Jed Melvin returned from a long spell of injury to inspire the Coasties to a win on the back of a strong first half performance scoring four unanswered tries to nil.
At the kick-off the big Birkenhead pack started strongly driving up to the Orewa’s 5 metre line but it is turned over and Orewa first-five cleared to touch. From the lineout Orewa work the ball wide to the flying winger Nick Francis who touches down in the corner for centre Costa Owens to convert for a 7 nil lead after 5 minutes. After a further 5 minutes Francis is fed the ball from a mid-field break and scores his second try which again Owen converts. Orewa are in control and out to a 14 nil lead. Birkenhead try to get into the game but make mistakes and Orewa are able to clear the ball to touch and keep their opposition at bay. After 25 minutes the big Birkenhead forwards start to get some dominance and control with some penalties assisting in getting them down-town into Orewa territory. The industrious Orewa forwards counter attack from a turn-over and push back and over the Birkenhead 22. Centre Owens receives the ball mid-field, breaks through the defensive line and scores an unconverted try under the posts . Birkenhead forwards respond again with the aid of a few quick tap-and-go penalties charge back into Orewa territory but again the mistakes come and from a defensive scrum Orewa’s No. 8 Melvin carries the ball up to off-load to ever-present second-five Mason Skinner who feeds the full-back Thomas Taula-Murray to score in the corner for a 24-0 lead at half-time. Orewa are controlling the game with great work from hard-working prop Ian Taylor, the strong running Melvin and solid effort in the mid-field by Skinner. Birkenhead are not in the game and not able to replicate their effort in their first round 20-12 win over Orewa.
For much of the third quarter Birkenhead respond to their coaches half-time instructions to take advantage of their large pack and strong mid-field combination and go on the offensive. With quick penalties and solid effort they go close several times but the Orewa defence is resolute despite the Birkenhead territorial advantage. After 55 minutes Birkenhead get into a good position, maintaining possession and first-five Timothy Webster kicks to the outside backs and following an Orewa fumble in goal the very promising Birkenhead centre Bailey Clarke-Leolahi touches down a loose ball to reward the better effort with a scoreline of 24-5. Birkenhead continue their second half dominance and a yellow card to an Orewa prop infringing at the ruck provides an opportunity for Birkenhead prop Isileli Kioa to cross the line after a few phases from the quick tap for an unconverted try. Orewa get some go forward late in the game but the score remains 24-10 for a well deserved second win for the season to Orewa. Orewa’s new found confidence with No. 8 Jed Melvin leading the way will have the Coasties looking to score an upset in the last game of the season versus Massey and have a shot at the Plate final to find redemption from a bottom placing in the 2017 1A competition.
In the other 1A fixtures Rangitoto had a comfortable 36-7 win at home over Whangarei, Rosmini held out Takapuna for an 18-15 win and Westlake beat an improving Massey 17-7. The deferred mid-week games played during the holidays or earlier saw Rosmini move into second place for the first time after 12 games going into the 29 July fixtures. In the final and 14th round of the 1A competition to be held Saturday 5 August, Rosmini will host Westlake, Massey face Orewa, Whangarei travel to Birkenhead and Rangitoto play Takapuna at home. The Championship and Plate semi-finals will be held Saturday 12 August, the 1A final is on Thursday 17 August as curtain-raiser to
North Harbour 1st XV Report – 8 July
By Harry Pottinger-Coombes, Westlake BHS
While the score didn’t necessarily reflect the gameplay, Rosmini College were still dominant enough to come up with a 32-0 win over Massey High School. Despite an extremely soggy pitch, Rosmini managed to gain a bonus point, scoring four tries to combine with near perfect kicking from Connor Leather, and at times heroic defence.
The first twenty minutes were played mainly in the Massey half, and Rosmini were rewarded with two penalties minutes from each other, right in front of the posts, which Leather kicked with ease. Rosmini’s patient attack soon proved fruitful, as flanker Connor Seaman crashed over from a pick and go right beside the post. Leather converted and Massey were suddenly behind 13-0. However, from here, they started to put together a more fluid attack, using their size to gain territory. Yet despite their newfound energy, Rosmini were able to gain possession back from halfway, spread it to Bryce Wainhouse on the left wing who outpaced the Massey defence to score in the corner. From a difficult angle Leather was unable to convert leaving Rosmini with an 18-0 lead, minutes away from halftime. Right before halftime, Massey’s Filipo Talitau Tio made a break down the wing and was taken down on the five metre line, giving Massey a perfect attacking opportunity. Yet despite Massey’s noticeable size advantage, they were unable to capitalise, partly because of Rosmini’s superb defence.
Unforced handling errors cost Massey a number of times and the frustration on their faces was clear. In the second half, Rosmini spent an extended period of time inside Massey’s half but poor execution meant they couldn’t add to their lead. However eventually they again spread it to Seaman’s wing, who again scored in the corner. Unsurprisingly, Leather converted and the match very much seemed over. The Rosmini defence was consistently rock-solid, as Massey did not enter the Rosmini 22 the entire second half. Right on fulltime, Massey committed a turnover on their own line and a few phases later, Rosmini lock Devon Harris crashed over on a rolling maul, putting a full stop on the match. The conversion was missed but Rosmini had earned a hard-earned 30-0 win, with Massey failing to use their size and power in the forwards to their advantage.
In the other 1A games, Rangitoto thumped Orewa 46-8 but it was only a few points difference at half-time and at the QBE Festival of Rugby on Thursday 6 August, Westlake beat a feisty Birkenhead 38-22 and Takapuna didn’t have it all their own way beating Whangarei 26-22.
1A points: Westlake 54, Rangitoto 45, Rosmini 44, Takapuna 34, Massey 20, Birkenhead 12, Whangarei 8 and Orewa 4.
In the 1B grade, Mahurangi 1st XV were too good for Whangaparaoa 1st XV 47-6, Rosmini 2nd XV comfortably beat Kaipara 1st XV 43-12 and Westlake 2nd XV had the bye. The 1C grade did not play.
There is three 1A games in the school holidays Takapuna v Westlake Tuesday 18 July, and Whangarei v Orewa plus Birkenhead v Rosmini both on Saturday 22 July. All other secondary school rugby will resume Saturday 29 July.
North Harbour 1st XV Report 1 July 2017
Takapuna Grammar put their hand up for a top four placing for the Championship semi-finals with an emphatic 37-0 win away over the struggling Orewa College side on Saturday 1 July. Takapuna were too big and well drilled for the gutsy Orewa team.
After several minutes of jousting around half-way a Takapuna winger went close out wide but was forced out. Play remained in Orewa’s 22 and Takapuna earned a penalty duly kicked by their first-five Oscar Koller after 15 minutes. Play resumed with several drives by both sides which were defended and resulted in turn-overs. After some shenanigans a forward from each side was sin-binned by young referee Josh Ellis and the teams settled down to the game in hand with Takapuna driving into Orewa’s 22 again. The blue and golds worked the ball wide from a ruck to a pod of forwards on the charge and prop David Rereti touched down for an unconverted try after 25 minutes. Takapuna again went on the offensive and Orewa defended turning the ball over to kick for touch 10 metres out from their tryline. Takapuna threw the ball to the front of the lineout and surged down the touch line for flanker and captain Lochie McNair to score out wide. Orewa went close prior to half-time with a good run by centre Mason Skinner to leave the score at 13-0 to Takapuna at the break.
From the kick-off again Takapuna started to dominate play pinning Orewa back in their half. Orewa defended stoutly but a clearing kick went awry for the Takapuna pack to move back close to the line and the other prop Jay Natapu dotted down for a converted try. Shortly after wards Koller nailed another penalty to take the score to 23-0. Orewa enjoyed a spell of possession getting close but mistakes and sound defence by Takapuna did not see the Coasties capitalise. Takapuna then camped on the Orewa try-line for a long period but gallant defence held them out until a fumble gave away possession. The Takapuna forwards worked through several phases for No. 8 Miller Hazleman to go through the defensive line and off-load to the flying second-five Caleb George to score under the posts for Koller to convert for a 30-0 score-line mid-way through the second half. Orewa went down-town mauling close to the Takapuna line but were held out and the ball was turned over at the ruck as the big Takapuna pack continued to dominate the breakdown on attack or defence. The final play saw Takapuna prosper from a turn-over and surge back up field with reserve prop Bill Halo off-loading to the diminutive but feisty half-back Jackson Rice to score out wide but that was no problem for reserve inside back Harrison Eakin to nail the conversion for a final score of 37-0 to Takapuna.
Takapuna were too good for a gallant Orewa who tried their best to stay in the game. Takapuna’s bigger pack and mid-field were well drilled and nailed their opportunities to carry the day very comfortably.
In the other 1A fixtures Westlake defeated Rangitoto 28-5 at home, Rosmini were too strong for Whangarei winning 34-10 on home turf and Massey turned the first round result around beating improving Birkenhead 26-14 out west. The mid-week round of games have been deferred to the July holidays by six schools with Rangitoto and Massey playing their fixture two weeks back and are a game ahead of the rest.
1A points are: Westlake 49, Rangitoto 40, Rosmini 39, Takapuna 29, Massey 20, Birkenhead 8, Whangarei 7 and Orewa 4.
In the Open B grade Rosmini 2nd XV won a tight game over Mahurangi College 1st XV 24-19, Northcote College 1st XV edged Massey High School 2nd XV 17-10, Kaipara College 1st XV defeated Long Bay College 1st XV 31-5, Westlake BHS 2nd XV beat Whangaparaoa College 1st XV by default and Kristin School 1st XV had the bye. The Open B have now completed their first round and the top 5 will form 1B with the bottom 4 forming 1C for the second round.
Open B points are: Westlake BHS 2nd XV 37, Mahurangi College 1st XV 32, Rosmini 2nd XV 30, Whangaparaoa College 1st XV 23, Kaipara College 1st XV 19, Kristin School 1st XV18, Long Bay College 1st XV 10, Northcote College 1st XV 7 and Massey High School 2nd XV 1.
Photographs by Do-Yeong Kim of Westlake BHS
Takapuna FBk Alex Oldham carries the ball into contact with wing Jake Coleman in support
Orewa First-Five Brandon Griffiths kicks for touch
North Harbour 1st XV Report – 17 June 2017
By Harry Pottinger-Coombes of Westlake BHS
Round 8 of the Canon North Harbour 1st XV competition saw Rosmini College take on Rangitoto College in what was a tightly contested match. Ultimately it was a late penalty from first-five Connor Leather that saw Rosmini seal the win 20-18.
From the kick-off, Rosmini started out on attack, with much of the first half being spent on Rangitoto’s side of halfway. They were rewarded after a patient build-up, as they made a break on the right wing side and were unlucky not to score. However, a few phases later, No.8 and Captain Tamarau McGahan was able to crash over and open the scoring. This was converted by Leather and Rosmini had a 7-0 lead. Rangitoto’s attack was slow, lacking progress and only minutes after the first try, Rosmini second-five Tom Barham superbly intercepted the ball around halfway, broke away and scored next to the posts. This was also converted by Leather and Rosmini had built a comfortable 14-0 lead. However from this point, Rangitoto would dominate possession, with Caleb Leef kicking a penalty to get Rangitoto on the board. They began to attack with far greater fluidity and after reaching the Rosmini 22, the ball was spread out to Rangitoto second-five Caleb Foster out wide. After breaking the first tackle, Foster looked for a help on his outside, couldn’t find any, so continued to run, breaking another two tackles before diving over to score. Leef was unable to convert but Rangitoto were firmly back in the game. This momentum continued and soon after, Rangitoto fullback Sam Ashby broke through down the outside before finding his wing Dean Lotter who was tackled near the 22. Two rucks later, Rangitoto halfback Yasushi Kasuta cut inside and ran towards the tryline on the angle to score his side’s second try. This was again unconverted and Rosmini narrowly led 14-13 at halftime.
The second half saw Rangitoto spend lengthy periods in the Rosmini half and defend superbly, only letting them into their own 22 once in the half. They were rewarded for their patience as Ashby again made a break down the right side, before passing to unmarked wing Chicayne Pryor who scored in the corner. Leef was unable to convert which was the difference on the day in the end. In contrast, Connor Leather was kicking extremely well, hitting a penalty 40 metres out on the angle, and the score of 18-17 remained in favour of Rangitoto with 10 minutes to go. However soon after, Rangitoto conceded a penalty 40 metres out in front which Leather duly kicked. This gave Rosmini the lead and the momentum shifted, with them dominating possession for the final few minutes. Rangitoto then conceded a penalty and Rosmini had earned a hard won victory that could just have easily been taken by Rangitoto.
In the other 1A fixtures, jubilant Birkenhead edged Takapuna 25-24 in their second win of the season, Westlake defeated Orewa 36-0 and Massey won a close one 17-10 away to Whangarei.
1A points: Westlake 39, Rangitoto 35, Rosmini 29, Takapuna 20, Massey 15, Birkenhead 8, Whangarei 7 and Orewa 4.
In the Open B grade, Mahurangi 1st XV tied 12 all with Westlake 2nd XV in a top of the table clash, Kristin 1st XV beat Long Bay 1st XV 17-8, Rosmini 2nd XV thumped Massey 2nd XV 56-17, Kaipara 1st XV just edged Northcote 1st XV 27-25 and Whangaparaoa 1st XV had the bye.
Open B Points: Mahurangi 1st XV 27 Westlake 2nd XV 27, Rosmini 2nd XV 21, Whangaparaoa 1st XV 19, Kristin 1st XV 17, Kaipara 1st XV 14, Long Bay 1st XV 10, Northcote 1st XV 3, and Massey 2nd XV 0.
Photos are by Do-Yeong Kim, of Westlake BHS.
Rosmini first-five Connor Leather kicks for goal
Rangitoto wing Chicayne Pryor scores out wide past Rosmini wing Nela Tolu
North Harbour 1st XV Report - 10 June 2017
Westlake hosted Rosmini in the match of the week and it was Rosmini who made a great start with a try in the first five minutes but Westlake carried on their unbeaten form to come back to being just in front at the break then going on to convincingly win 28-13 keeping Rosmini scoreless in the second half.
Rosmini’s industrious lock Max Hicks ran off the back of an attacking ruck deep in the Westlake 22 to score our wide for halfback Connor Leather to kick the extras for an early 7-0 lead. Westlake went on the offensive but errors and turnovers occurred and the play was inconclusive for both sides for much of the first half. After 30 minutes Westlake win lineout ball and go close, earn a penalty but elect to scrummage and big No.8 Lotu Inisi scored after a couple of phases. Westlake fullback Johnny Cooper kicked the conversion to tie the scores but soon after Leather kicked a penalty to put Rosmini back in front 10-7. Westlake get back into their work with their big pack doing the hard yards to put their classy backs into position for second-five Nikau Graham to break the defensive line and score a converted try close to the posts. Late in the first half Rosmini receive a penalty kick on half-way and Leather kicked the points for a Westlake lead of 14-13 on half-time.
After some jousting mid-field early in the second half and an exchange of penalties, Westlake call a series of scrums from penalties and send the ball wide for winger Nikau Drage to score a converted try and extend the lead to 21-13 after 10 minutes. Rosmini came back into the game midway through the second spell but turnovers and errors kept giving possession back to Westlake who in turn also struggle to retain possession. Both sides keep managing to clear the ball from turnovers but Westlake consolidated, steadied the ship and from a scrum 40 metres out and with 10 minutes to go, surged back into the Rosmini 22. Patience on attack and retention of the ball through several phases saw Westlake open side flanker Preston Smith-Owen score for Cooper to kick the final points for a 28-13 scoreline to Westlake. A late 60 metre dash up field by the very promising fullback Cooper had Rosmini defending again but the score did not change.
Rosmini have improved considerably from their early loss to Rangitoto, but Westlake’s big pack and very useful backs carried the day with No.8 Lotu Inisi standing out and fullback Johnny Cooper running well and nailing his kicks. Rosmini Lock Max Hicks and No.8 and captain Tamarau McGahan worked hard with halfback Connor Leather in good form. Unbeaten Westlake are deservedly competition leaders at the end of round 1 and look like certain finalists.
In the other 1A fixtures Massey got on top of Orewa 26-18, Rangitoto won away from home 42-27 over Takapuna in a high scoring encounter and Whangarei found some good form to thump Birkenhead 38-5 at home.
1A points: Westlake 34, Rangitoto 29, Rosmini 25, Takapuna 18, Massey 11, Whangarei 6, Orewa 4 and Birkenhead 4.
In the Open B grade, Whangaparaoa 1st XV defeated Long Bay 1st XV 15-10, Kaipara 1st XV were to good for Massey 2nd XV 36-0, Mahurangi 1st XV were too strong for Kristin 1st XV 43-0, Westlake 2nd XV put away Northcote 1st XV 61-19 and Rosmini 2nd XV had the bye.
Open B Points: Mahurangi 1st XV 25, Westlake 2nd XV 25, Whangaparaoa 1st XV 19, Rosmini 2nd XV 16, Kristin 1st XV 13, Kaipara 1st XV 10, Long Bay 1st XV 10, Northcote 1st XV 0, and Massey 2nd XV 0.
Photographer is Do-Yeong Kim of Westlake BHS.
Rosmini lock Max Hicks secures lineout ball
Westlake wing Nikau Drage scores
North Harbour 1st XV Report – 3 June 2017
Rosmini continued their good run of wins defeating Takapuna Grammar comfortably 32-13 for a bonus point in a game hosted by North Shore rugby club at Vauxhall Reserve in front of a good sized and vocal crowd. Rosmini extended their season to five wins from six outings by taking their chances when an attacking opportunity was on offer over a handy Takapuna side who couldn’t capitalise when in the zone.
Rosmini opened the match with an early penalty kick to halfback Connor Leather. Both teams jousted for 15 minutes between 22’s but with a penalty to Rosmini allowing an attack and go close followed by another penalty, they surged into the Takapuna 22 and No. 8 Tamarau McGahan crossed for a try. The mid-field tussle resumed however after 25 minutes Rosmini winger Nela Tolu fielded a charged down kick and weaved through several defenders to score under the posts for Leather to add the extras for a 15-0 lead. Takapuna burst into life with a break down the outside by their centre Adrea Toquvu but Rosmini cleared from a penalty for Takapuna to field and drive back on attack. Following a turn-over, Rosmini was off-side at a ruck within kicking range and Takapuna first-five Oscar Koller took the points for a 15-3 score-line. After a long injury break, there was an exchange of penalties and a good push into Rosmini territory by Takapuna but Rosmini defence held to leave the score at 15-3 at half-time.
Rosmini went on the offensive from the kick-off but Takapuna held them out and countered earning a penalty which Koller slotted to take the score to 15-6. Leather returned the compliment 10 minutes later – 18-6. Takapuna had a period on attack calling scrums in lieu of penalty kicks but the Rosmini defence held. From a penalty Rosmini ran the ball from inside their half but out wide Takapuna winger Sam Lidgard saw his chance, intercepted and scooted away to score under the posts for Koller to convert and bring their side back into contention with 18-13 on the flash new electronic scoreboard. Rosmini were patient and from a penalty kicked for an attacking lineout 20 metres out. The subsequent lineout drive saw flanker Connor Seaman scoring and Leather converting to open out to 25-13. In the last 10 minutes Rosmini went on attack with Takapuna just holding on with a couple of defensive penalties. A break down the outside by the Rosmini winger occurred but he stepped on the line while scoring, and from the lineout Rosmini secured the ball and the industrious No. 8 McGahan crossed under the posts for his second try which the reserve inside back David Windelburn converted for a final score of 32-13.
Rosmini took their chances and ticked over the score board regularly for their win whereas Takapuna had some good spells but turned the ball over too often to stay in touch and couldn’t finish. Rosmini now face their unbeaten old rival Westlake away in the match of the week 10 June but the other fixtures will be interesting and should confirm the pecking order down the table – Takapuna vs Rangitoto, Orewa vs Massey and Whangarei vs Birkenhead.
In the other 1A matches, Westlake defeated Massey 36-14 away on Friday afternoon continuing their dominance after a close win over Tauranga BHS in a traditional fixture mid-week, and Rangitoto hosted Whangarei for a 28-12 win. The Birkenhead vs Orewa fixture was postponed.
1A Points: Westlake 29, Rosmini 25, Rangitoto 23, Takapuna 18, Massey 6, Orewa 4, Birkenhead 4 and Whangarei 1.
In the Open B Rosmini 2nd XV defeated Kaipara 1st XV 36-7, Mahurangi 1st XV beat Whangaparaoa 1st XV 34-0, Kristin 1st XV put away Northcote 1st XV 22-5, Westlake 2nd XV were too strong for Massey 2nd XV winning 59-0 and Long Bay 1st XV had the bye.
Open B Points: Mahurangi College 1st XV 20, Westlake 2nd XV 20, Rosmini 2nd XV 16, Whangaparaoa 1st XV 15, Kristin 1st XV 13, Long Bay 1st XV 9, Kaipara 1st XV 5, Northcote 1st XV 1 and Massey 2nd XV 0.
Photographer is Do-Yeong Kim of Westlake BHS.
Takapuna No.8 Miller Hazelman on the charge
Takapuna Hbk Jackson Rice Fbk Alex Oldham attempt to tackle Rosmini Wing Nela Tolu
North Harbour 1st XV Report – 27 May 2017
Rangitoto continued their strong season defeating a spirited Orewa 31-12 at home to secure 3rd place on the table one point behind Rosmini whom they have beaten. The comfortable win following a close loss to Westlake the previous week which augers well for Rangitoto.
An early penalty, try and conversion to fullback Sam Ashby put Rangitoto out in front. First Five Caleb Leef was full of running to put Ashby into a gap. Rangitoto punished Orewa’s indiscipline kicking for a lineout deep in Orewa’s half. A Rangitoto drive from the lineout, saw Orewa turn the ball over but the clearance kick went astray and Rangitoto was back on attack finishing with a try to halfback Tamati Huggins, with Ashby converting to take the score to 17-0. Orewa re-grouped driving into Rangitoto’s territory through a great break up-field by halfback Rowan Gjaltema. Orewa put the pressure on, secured a couple of penalties from Rangitoto infringing off-side and Gjaltema broke through out wide after several phases to touch down and take the score to 17-5 at half-time.
From the kick-off Rangitoto surged back on attack. Rangitoto turned the ball over following a scrum but Gjaltema’s clearing kick was charged down mid-field back Caleb Foster scored a converted try to open out the lead to 24-5. After a further period of pressure Rangitoto No.8 and captain Josh Tanner ran through several tackles to score with Ashby adding the extras for a 31-5 score-line. Rangitoto continued to attack but could not add any further points. Orewa’s halfback again came to the fore running on and on to put his team in good field position for an attacking lineout. After several phases the Coasties were rewarded in the red-zone with reserve out-side back Nick Francis crossing out wide for reserve first-five Harry Manning to convert for a final score of 31-12 to Rangitoto. Rangitoto were better organised and their pack secured good ball to provide the platform for a well deserved win. Orewa never gave up taking advantage of their few opportunities but occasional discipline lapses exposed them and their defence broke down through the relentless Rangitoto attacks.
In the other 1A matches, Westlake completely overwhelmed Birkenhead 95-0, Rosmini defeated Massey 32-16 and Takapuna put away visitors Whangarei 39-17.
1A points: Westlake 24, Rosmini 20, Rangitoto 19, Takapuna 18, Massey 6, Orewa 4, Birkenhead 4 and Whangarei 1.
In the Open B grade, Mahurangi 1st XV were too good for Long Bay 1st XV 38-5, Westlake 2nd XV defeated Rosmini 2nd XV 43-25, Whangaparaoa 1st XV beat Northcote 1st XV 31-15 and Kristin 1st Xv thumped Massey 2nd XV 62-7. Kaipara 1st XV had the bye.
Open B points: Mahurangi and Westlake 2nd XV both on 15, Whangaparaoa 14, Rosmini 2nd XV 11, Long Bay 9, Kristin 8, Kaipara 5 Northcote 1 and Massey 2nd XV 0.
Rangitoto Captain and No 8 Josh Tanner in heavy traffic
Rangitoto Centre Dean Lotter at speed
Orewa College Halfback - Rowan Gjaltema
Photogaphers - Do-Yeong Kim and Shaun Lee of Westlake BHS.
North Harbour 1st XV Report – 20 May 2017
By Harry Pottinger-Coombes, Westlake BHS
In conditions far from ideal, two converted tries were enough for Westlake Boys to overcome Rangitoto College 14-0 in the North Harbour 1A competition. While the two sides were relatively evenly matched, Westlake’s defence and power in the forward pack was the deciding factor, with their patience in the Rangitoto 22 leading to both of their tries. The driving rain and slippery ball meant that handling errors and turnovers were committed frequently by both sides throughout the match. For much of the first half, neither team came close to scoring, with the game being played back and forth around centre field. The penalty count began to rise for both teams with high tackles leading to two yellow cards issued within 10 minutes of each other. Rangitoto twice opted to kick for goal off a penalty however despite excellent wind judgement by the first-five Caleb Leef, they both missed and the score remained 0-0. This changed right on halftime as Westlake’s No. 8 Lotu Inisi was able to break through the Rangitoto defence before being tackled 5 metres from the line. Westlake remained close to the tryline for phase after phase, patiently building, before winning a penalty and No. 6 Tupou Afungia tapped and dived over to score. This was converted giving Westlake a 7-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Westlake came out attacking with more fluidity and cohesion but handling errors meant they were unable to capitalise. This changed when a quick tap and break from reserve hooker David Toia put Westlake hot on attack in the Rangitoto 22. The defence were unable to recover as a quick cleanout from Westlake put Lotu Inisi into a gaping hole and he scored just to the left of the sticks. This was easily converted and the score did not change before fulltime, giving Westlake a hard fought but deserved win. Rangitoto stayed in the game, defended well and had some chances on attack but Westlake won the day and the return match in the second round will be much anticipated.
In the other 1A fixtures Birkenhead beat Massey 8-0 for the first time, Rosmini defeated Whangarei 35-23 away and Takapuna won 21-0 over Orewa.
1A Points: Westlake 19, Rosmini 15, Rangitoto 14, Takapuna 13, Massey 6, Orewa 4, Birkenhead 4 and Whangarei 1.
In the Open B grade, Kristin 1st XV drew with Rosmini 2nd XV 19 all, Long Bay 1st XV edged Northcote 1st XV 11-5, Whangaparaoa 1st XV overwhelmed Massey 2nd XV 58-0, Westlake 2nd XV were too strong for Kaipara 1st XV 41-0 and Mahurangi 1st XV had the bye.
Open B Points: Rosmini 2nd XV 11, Mahurangi 1st XV 10, Westlake 2nd XV 10, Whangaparaoa 1st XV 10, Long Bay 1st XV 9, Kaipara 1st XV 5, Kristin 1st XV 3, Northcote 1st XV 1 and Massey 2nd XV 0.
Photos by Do-Yeong Kim of Westlake BHS.
Westlake No. 8 Lotu Inisi carts the ball up
Rangitoto N. 10 Caleb Leef clears the ball to touch
North Harbour 1st XV Report – 17 May
With a dominant 94-3 win over a depleted Takapuna Grammar, Westlake Boys have certainly sent out a warning to the North Harbour 1A competition that their side is as strong as ever. Coming off big wins over Orewa College and Whangarei Boys High in previous weeks, the match was all but over after 20 minutes. Westlake scored 14 tries in total, with Casey Smith picking up the conversions on 12 of them. Westlake’s first opportunity came within the first couple of minutes as Ariki Hood-Kaitapu making what became a trademark break down the left-wing side. This led to Lotu Inisi cutting inside and scoring two phases later. From here, the floodgates opened as Johnny Cooper was able to sell a perfect dummy from the Takapuna 22, gifting him an easy try. A couple of minutes later, he made a similar play, dummying the Takapuna defence before outpacing them to the tryline. However, he wasn’t done yet, with a spectacular solo try coming soon after as he used his pace and power to take him from his own half to the tryline, completing his hat trick. The size and strength of Westlake’s forward pack was clearly visible in the set piece, with Westlake being able to force several turnovers that led to counter attacking opportunities.
By halftime, it was 64-0 as Westlake had been extremely clinical, scoring nine tries and finishing on virtually every opportunity they created, while Takapuna were yet to enter Westlake’s 22. Westlake were similarly dominant in the second half, scoring 5 more tries, including a fourth for Johnny Cooper. While Takapuna played with more physicality in the second half, they will be looking for ways to improve before playing Orewa College this coming Saturday. Westlake will be looking to carry their dominant form into Saturday’s match-up with Rangitoto College.
In the other mid-week fixture the well performing Rangitoto side defeated Massey 30-9. The other two mid-week fixtures were played 29 April with Orewa 23-0 over Whangarei and Rosmini beating Birkenhead 54-0.
Next round of games is this Saturday 20 May and the match of the week is unbeaten Rangitoto vs the high scoring and unbeaten Westlake side at Rangitoto. Other fixtures are Whangarei hosting Rosmini, Takapuna vs Orewa and, Birkenhead vs Massey.
North Harbour 1st XV Report – 13 May 2017
Takapuna Grammar and Massey High School had a tough match which was exciting for the big crowd with both teams contending well but Takapuna came out on top winning 27-22. Massey were much bigger in the forward pack and mid-field giving them the potential to dominate play but Takapuna held on with their gutsy determination, skill and strong defence.
Takapuna kicked a penalty for first points of the game and Massey countered with a try following a sustained period of attack. Massey then picked up a converted try through their big forwards joining the back-line to touch down to take the score to 12-3. Takapuna moved into Massey territory exploiting Massey’s mistakes and from an attacking scrum fed the ball wide to score in the corner. Takapuna again went on the offensive kicking deep into Massey territory. Massey backs ran the ball laterally and turned the ball over in the tackle for the Takapuna centre to scoop it up and sprint for the line to secure a converted try and take the lead 15-12.
In the second half Takapuna kept up the pressure earning a penalty from a scum infringement which Takapuna first-five Oscar Koller kicked. Another penalty from a Massey error allowed Koller to take the score to 21-12. Massey came back into the game with Takapuna infringing at the breakdown, were able to secure good field position and the Massey number 10 Anthony Naititi scored a try to bring the score to 21-17 but again Koller kicked another penalty to widen the margin to 24-17. Massey pushed back into Takapuna territory which Takapuna countered and secured another Koller penalty for a 27-17 lead. Massey attacked again but Takapuna seeing they had a likely win defended patiently for several minutes until Massey broke through out wide to score for a 27-22 score-line. The big Takapuna crowd held their breath, roaring at every Takapuna surge on attack but despite an exchange of penalties the final score remained at 27-22.
Both sides gave their all to win the game with Massey scoring 4 tries to 3 but Takapuna made fewer mistakes, and kicked their goals plus with the support of a big crowd, won the day. Takapuna first-five Oscar Koller had a great day scoring 2 tries, kicking 5 penalties and a conversion with centre Saki Rokolui scoring a try. Massey’s point scorers were Miracle Naititi, Anthony Naititi (2) and Blessed Tumua scoring tries and Tumua kicking a conversion.
In the other 1A fixtures, Westlake overwhelmed Whangarei away 68-5, Rosmini put away Orewa 43-3 and Rangitoto were too good for Birkenhead 46-5.
1A Points are Westlake 10, Rosmini 10, Rangitoto 9, Takapuna 9, Massey 6, Orewa 4, Whangarei 1 and Birkenhead 0. 4 schools play the remainder of the mid-week round Wednesday 17 May – Westlake vs Takapuna and Massey vs Rangitoto, two fixtures were played 29 April. The 4th round of games on 20 May will see Rangitoto host Westlake in the game of the round defending the Woodhouse challenge shield.
In the Open B grade, Rosmini 2nd XV defeated Whangaparaoa 1st XV 53-7, Mahurangi 1st XV were too strong for Northcote 1st XV 50-0, Long Bay 1st XV beat Massey 2nd XV 47-14, Kaipara 1st XV edged Kristin 1st XV 22-19 and Westlake 2nd XV had the bye.
Takapuna First-Five Oscar Koller crosses for a try
Massey HBk Miracle Naititi attacks around a ruck
- Do-Yeong Kim and Shaun Lee of Westlake BHS.