NZRL Schools - Kelston stay on track

03 September 2014

Defending champions Kelston Boys High remain unbeaten after pool play at the NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament, but had to survive another scare from crosstown rivals Otahuhu College to progress to tomorrow's semi-finals.

The West Aucklanders found themselves 25-10 down at halftime, but clawed their way back to edge ahead 32-31 by the finish to avoid the upset.

They had a similar shock on the tournament's opening day, conceding the first three tries to Manurewa High, before scrambling to victory.

Kelston face upstarts Aorere College in the premiership's knockout stage, but their rivals were somewhat fortunate to scrape through, after ousting 2013 runners-up Mt Albert Grammar yesterday.

With a head-to-head countback advantage over both their pool opponents, Aorere were dumped 30-12 by Southern Cross Campus in a crossover encounter and will need to up their game if they are to compete with the titleholders at the next stage.

St Paul's College also moved into the semis with an unbeaten record, squeaking past Westlake Boys High 22-18 in their final pool match.

They will face Manurewa, who advanced with a 26-14 win over Rotorua Boys High.

Aranui High, Papatoetoe High and Wesley College take their unbeaten records into the development grade semi-finals, joined by Northcote (2-1).

Aranui face Wesley, while Papatoetoe take on Northcote.

Tournament homepage


Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura

Wednesday, September 3


Western Springs College 22 (Ahotau Kali 2, Jamie Dennis & John Allen tries; Nikora Ngaropo 3 goals) Papakura HS 6 (Jordan Morrison try; Tipene Tuirirangi goal); HT: 10-6

Manurewa HS 26 (Erin Clark 3 & Nanga Iloa 2 tries; Iloa 3 goals) Rotorua BHS 14 (Viliami Tosi 2 & Te Ra Whata tries; Nerehana Tarei goal); HT: 18-6

Kelston BHS 32 (Zion Ioka 3, James Mafi, Onosai Nanai & Aidan Taua tries; Ioka 4 goals) Otahuhu College 31 (Koli Oneone 2, Joseph Afemuli, Avia Aiolupo & Phoenix Hunt tries; Komiti Vetemotu 5 goals & field goal); HT: 10-25

Southern Cross Campus 30 (Fuiva Takitaki 2, Jan Sepuloni, Samiuela Lauhingoa & Tevita Veituna tries; Sepuloni 5 goals) Aorere College 12 (Lennox Patuki & Sila Taufa tries; Frost Mika 2 goals); HT: 18-6

Tokoroa HS 20 (Cleveland Poko 2 & Toru Atua Tearoa-Natua tries; Manuia Alaelua 4 goals) Mt Albert Grammar 10 (Javvier Pitovao & Mattais Heimuli tries; Bostyn Hakaraia goal); HT: 6-6

St Paul's College 22 (Finau Payne, Beau Cordtz, Xavier Rice & Sese Fe'iloaki tries; Cordtz 3 goals) Westlake BHS 18 (Pierce Bryers, Hemi McCarthy & Brad Leuila tries; Harry Claverley 3 goals); HT: 12-6


Northcote College 22 (Josh Farrant, Bronson Kapi, Sione Talilotu & Broderick Paraka tries; Nat Law goals) Greymouth HS 0; HT: 6-0

Aranui HS 42 (Aki Tolo 2, Diamond Nanai, Cyrus Timo Latu, Tristan Jackson, Junior Peneli & Joshua Ifopo tries; Peneli 7 goals) Pakuranga College 22 (Tautalanoa Vanisi 2, Luke Armiger & Morgan White-Chambers tries; Armiger 3 goals); HT: 18-12

Mt Roskill Grammar 34 (Sonny Junior Seumalo, Vita Tuitupou, Robin Faumuina, Trent Fullen-Burry, Reginald Lino-Sciasca & Tom Ale tries; Lino-Sciasca 4 & Ken Fa'aoso goals) Taita College 10 (Jarvis Tuia-Mendoza & Ezra McCulloch tries); HT: 6-10

Papatoetoe HS 46 (Nuku Ngere 2, Kelepi Holi, Walter Fifita, Iese Aiga, Robert Meleisea, Nathan Su'a & Amandale Faafou tries; Aiga 4 goals) Francis Douglas College 10 (Josh Perrett & Jonathan Fidow tries; Eli Kneepkens goal); HT: 22-4

Whangarei BHS 48 (Shane Paraha 4, Manaaki Tawhiwhirangi, Michael Williams, James Cherrington & Steele Kake tries; Journee Cassidy 6 goals) Rosehill College 8 (Jayden Diaz & Sione Ahokovi tries); HT: 16-8

Wesley College 18 (Nathan Folau, Falani Lovo & Lopeti Mafi tries; Wetere Pompey 2 & Aria Cerei goals) One Tree Hill College 6 (Michael Joe try; Barnes Vila goal); HT: 12-6

Newcomers grab NRL attention

03 September 2014

Already respected as a rugby union powerhouse, Wesley College have wasted no time establishing their reputation at the 13-a-side code.

Unbeaten through the first three days of NZRL National Secondary Schools competition at Papakura, the South Auckland debutants enter the development grade semi-finals as the team to beat, averaging a tournament-high 43 points a game.

The same flair that has made Wesley a force in union is also apparent in league, although their approach has proved unorthodox at times.

After receiving the ball from kick-off of their opening game against Taita College, they immediately chipped back over the advancing defence - a ridiculous tactic in league and difficult for opponents to prepare for.

"A lot of our boys are traditionally league boys, so we always knew there was some potential to 'double dip'," explains coach Ben Hancock. "We always intended playing this tournament, but didn't want to turn up with anything less than a full-strength team."

Wesley have gone to some lengths to organise their league campaign around First XV commitments and only picked their squad a few days before the national event. Their performance has shown considerable raw potential that has not escaped some of sport's most discerning critics.

Because most of these athletes have not appeared on the league radar before, NRL scouts have found fresh fodder in their talent-spotting feeding frenzy this week.

"My phone has been ringing a bit, but they have been really good about it and followed all the protocols in place around the games," admits Hancock.

"It has been an outstanding outcome from this tournament that four or five of our boys have been shoulder-tapped for conversations. Even if it amounts to nothing, it's the first step for them."

Wesley will face a tougher test in Thursday's semis, when they take on former premiership champions Aranui High (1997, 2000), who are also unbeaten this week.

Across the draw, Papatoetoe High - another with unblemished record - come up against Northcote College for a spot in Friday's final.

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NZRL National Secondary Schools Guide (September 4)



Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura

Thursday, September 4



Field 3       Otahuhu College v Tokoroa HS (5th-8th)


Field 1       Kelston BHS v Aorere College (semi-final)

Field 4       Papakura HS v Mt Albert Grammar (9th-12th)


Field 3       Rotorua BHS v Southern Cross Campus (5th-8th)


Field 1       Manurewa HS v St Paul's College (semi-final)

Field 4       Western Springs Coll v Westlake BHS (9th-12th)




Field 5       Whangarei BHS v Mt Roskill Grammar (17th-20th)

Field 6       Pakuranga College v Taita College (21st-24th)


Field 2       Aranui HS v Wesley College (semi-final)


Field 5       Greymouth HS v Francis Douglas Coll (17th-20th)

Field 6       Rosehill Coll v One Tree Hill Coll (21st-24th)


Field 2       Northcote College v Papatoetoe HS (semi-final)


3.30pm      Prizegiving, Mt Smart Stadium


NZ Rugby League would like to acknowledge and thank all our official partners and sponsors that have made this tournament possible, including The Skills Organisation, Competenz, "Got a Trade? Got it Made!", Vodafone Warriors, It's Not OK!, Papakura Local Board, Auckland Council, Watties, EBOS, Counties Manukau Sport, NZSSSC and Papakura High School.

NZRL Schools - MAGS tumble

02 September 2014

Mt Albert Grammar - runners-up 12 months ago - have become the first major casualties on Day Two of the 2014 NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament at Papakura.

After falling to archrivals St Paul's College in an opening crossover match, MAGS suffered a second and more crippling defeat at the hands of Aorere College, 23-14, today.

Leading 10-4 at halftime, they seemed to have the contest well in hand, but were unable to hold off the resurgent South Aucklanders down the stretch.

With defending champions Kelston Boys High barely surviving a shock from Manurewa High on Day One, this latest result showed a closing gap between the top seeds and their challengers in the tournaments premiership.

With just one game remaining in pool play, winless Mt Albert cannot reach the semifinals, after Aorere's second victory of the week.

Kelston made no race of their contest against tournament hosts Papakura High (54-0), while St Paul's College and Manurewa also lived on to their rankings.

But the West Auckland side will face another tough task tomorrow, when they meet a rampant Otahuhu College, 38-4 winners over Rotorua Boys High today.

Wesley College have emerged as the team to watch in the development grade, overrunning Mt Roskill Grammar 44-12. They are now the top scorers after two rounds of the event (112 points).

Francis Douglas College, Papatoetoe High and Aranui High are the other unbeaten second-tier sides.

Tournament webpage


Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura

Tuesday, September 2


Otahuhu College 38 (Ariel Tusiane 3, Joseph Afemui, Phoenix Hunt & Nicholas Aiga tries; Tusiane 2 & Richard Nikau 2 goals) Rotorua BHS 4 (Viliami tosi try); HT: 12-4

Kelston BHS 54 (James Mafi 3, Charlie Kaipati 2, Peter Scanlan, Tipu Lisati, Delaney Chaney, Utah Ioka & Nick Iui-Tosi tries; Zion Ioka 4, Austin Mausitama 2 & Braden Brown goals) Papakura HS 0; HT: 28-0

Manurewa HS 42 (Michael Saili-Motu 2, Feleti Naeata 2, Kenneth Mataafa, Nanga Iloa & Henry Fata tries; Denzel Tutakitoa 7 goals) Western Springs College 22 (Ahotau Kali 2, Malrick Lavea & Nikheil Bhana tries; Mikaere Marshall 3 goals); HT: 22-16

Tokoroa HS 22 (Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano 2, Haukainga Menhennet & Montell Maea tries; Manuia Alaelua 3 goals) Westlake BHS 16 (Nafe Helu, Zae Wallace & Zane Carbines tries; Wallace 2 goals); HT: 12-10

St Paul's College 26 (Fina Payne 2, James Manoa, Sam Filimoeatu & Chris Sio tries; Cody Mahuika 2 & Payne goals) Southern Cross Campus 16 (Sili Ulugia, Gordon Petersen & Unaloto Vaipulu tries; Jan Sepuloni 2 goals); HT: 16-10

Aorere College 23 (Ezra Pange, Maka Faingaa, Tyler Mohi & Lene Paila-Tito tries; Frost Mika 2 & Peteroni Lilomaiava goals; Aluji Pange field goal) Mt Albert Grammar 14 (Tereimana Parangi 2 & John Talisa tries; Hakaraia goal); HT: 4-10



Whangarei BHS 26 (James Cherrington 2, Caleb Aekins, Michael Williams & Tipara Jobe tries; Journee Cassidy 3 goals) Pakuranga College 16 (Gerald van Wyk, Luke Armiger & Rohand Sund tries; Armiger 2 goals); HT: 8-4

Northcote College 18 (Nat Law, Willie Fokokalafi, Shawn Kumar & Isaiah Rouslton tries; Taine Neho goal) Rosehill College 16 (Edge Tuatineiti-Watson, Raymond Alonui & Darryl Hemopo tries; Nathan Linford 2 goals); HT: 10-10

Papatoetoe HS 42 (Iese Aigs 2, Nuku Ngere 2, Kelepi Holi, Charles Makasani, Foga Autagavaia, Michael Laulu & Robert Meleisea tries; Autagavaia 2 & Aiga goals) One Tree Hill College 6 (Gabriel Aerenga try; Walima Vila goal); HT: 18-6

Wesley College 44 (Wetere Pompey, Sam Halunga, Ma Latai, Isaac Underwood, Daniel Vili, Sione Koloamatangi, Xavier Johanssn & Ilaisa Loholoho tries; Aria Cerei 6 goals)
Mt Roskill Grammar 12 (Jonah Nafahu, Tom Ale & Aloisio Lui tries); HT: 20-12

Aranui HS 34 (Cyrus Timo Latu 2, Oli Tailua 2, Junior Peneli, Fa'aaliga Tailua & Clark Morgan tries; Timo Latu 3 goals) Greymouth HS 12 (Trent McMillan 2 & Bailey McPike tries); HT: 18-12

Francis Douglas College 44 (Jonathon Fidow 2, Henry Miles 2, Tyler Feakins, Josh Perrett, Brandon Martin & Bryn Chard tries; Eli Kneepkens 6 goals) Taita College 14 (Jarvis Tuia-Mendoza, Ezra McCulloch & Nathan Hermans tries; Ryan Pene-Stevens goal); HT: 30-10

Sideline stars inspire Aorere upset

02 September 2014

Just a few weeks ago, Aorere College were battling to make the field for this year's NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament.

Playing in the second tier of the Auckland competition, they lost the plate final to Southern Cross Campus and snatched the final of four qualifying spots available to Counties Manukau schools.

After two days of the national event, the Mangere outfit (2-0) have emerged as dark horses, belying their own expectations with victory over last year's runners-up, Mt Albert Grammar, and already booking their passage through to Thursday's semifinals.

Trailing 10-4 at halftime, they seized momentum in the second half, taking the lead with a field goal and clinching the 23-14 upset with two tries down the stretch.

"I'm told this is the first time we've beaten them, although we've come close in previous years," says coach Trent Silbery. "I knew we were very capable, but we just needed to play with some confidence and the right focus.

"Our big goal was to get here and now we're here, the boys are taking full advantage."

Aorere are also taking inspiration from the presence of Junior Warriors Viliami Kaveinga and Marata Niukore around their group.

Kaveinga is a former Aorere College student, who has been asked to help mentor the current crop of athletes, while Niukore has been unable to take his place on the field through commitments to the Warriors playoff bid.

"Having them around the boys and sharing their knowledge has made a big difference," says Silbery. "We've also had great leadership from our Year 13s, which has been a big influence when they take the field."

Aorere face Southern Cross again in a crossover fixture on Wednesday, but even if they lose and pool rivals Tokoroa High (1-1) also topple MAGS, they enjoy the benefit of a hard-fought 8-4 decision over the Waikato side on Day One.

Champions Kelston Boys High take on Otahuhu College in the biggest game on the final day of pool play. Each are unbeaten in Pool A, but while Otahuhu have dominated both their opponents so far, the West Aucklanders barely survived a crossover scare from Manurewa on opening day.

In development grade, Papatoetoe High and Francis Douglas College also will put their unbeaten records on the line in Pool G.

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NZRL National Secondary Schools Guide (September 3)



Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura

Wednesday, September 3



Field 6       Papakura HS v Western Springs College

Referee - Simon Buttery     Touch - Tane Kaiwai & Nick Gibson



Field 1       Manurewa HS v Rotorua BHS

Referee - Mike Smail             Touch - Nathan Barker Pringle & Kiko Puhipi Hibbs

Field 3       Kelston BHS v Otahuhu College

Referee - Jason Wilson       Touch - Rochelle Tamarua & Okena Simon

Field 5       Southern Cross Campus v Aorere College

Referee - Chris Baker         Touch - Henare Chadwick & Graeme Hill



Field 1       Mt Albert Grammar v Tokoroa HS

Referee - Kiko Puhipi Hibbs Touch - Mike Smail & Nathan Barker Pringle

Field 3       St Paul's College v Westlake BHS

Referee - Rochelle Tamarua          Touch - Simon Buttery & Jason Wilson




Field 2       Northcote College v Greymouth HS

Referee - Sonny Whakarau  Touch - Chris McMillan & Kena Waikai

Field 4       Pakuranga College v Aranui HS

Referee - Tony Arnel          Touch - Noel Woods & Peter Sherwood



Field 2       Taita College v Mt Roskill Grammar

Referee - Kena Waikai Touch - Sonny Whakarau & Chris McMillan

Field 4       Papatoetoe HS v Francis Douglas College

Referee - Noel Woods         Touch - Tony Arnel & Peter Sherwood

Field 6       Whangarei BHS v Rosehill College

Referee - Tony Cuccurrullo  Touch - Tane Kaiwai & Nick Gibson



Field 5       One Tree Hill College v Wesley College

Referee - Okena Simon       Touch - Henare Chadwick & Graeme Hill


1.30pm                      Leadership school visits

NZRL Schools - Seeds survive

01 September 2014

Defending champions Kelston Boys High and perennial powerhouse St Paul's College both passed early tests on opening day of the NZRL Secondary Schools National Tournament at Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura.

But Kelston had to rally from far behind early to prevail 26-18, as rivals Manurewa scored the first three tries of their first-up encounter.

St Paul's had a slightly easier time of it against Mt Albert Grammar, emerging 16-4 victors to avenge their defeat in last year's semifinals.

With the premiership and development grades both reconfigured to 12-team draws, the top four teams collided early in crossover fixtures that may hold clues to games at the business end of the event.

Otahuhu College issued their challenge for a semi spot, with Vincent Tofilau crossing for three tries in a 48-8 win over Papakura High.

Rotorua Boys High, who won the development grade last year, stepped up to the top level, coming back from eight points down at halftime to defeat Western Springs College 28-20.

Southern Cross Campus and Aorere College were the other premier winners, while South Island travellers Aranui High and Greymouth High were rewarded for their journey with opening wins in the development grade.

Rugby union powerhouse Wesley College hinted they would be a force to contend in the 13-a-side coade, with a big 68-6 result over Taita College.

Tournament Homepage



Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura

Monday, September 1


Kelston BHS 26 (Junior Pauga, Peter Scanlan, Zion Ioka, Nic Lui-Toso & James Mafi tries; Ioka 3 goals) Manurewa HS 16 (Kenneth Mataafa, John Tusiane, Erin Clark & David Tusiane tries); HT: 4-12

Otahuhu College 48 (Vincent Tofilau 3, Koli Oneone, Carl Ohuafi, Ulumago Fatu, Raymond Taumalolo, Brandon Nangaiti & Richard Mikau tries; Tofilau 2, Koniti Vetemotu 2 & Nikau 2 goals) Papakura HS 8 (Tutaki Brown & Jordan Morrison tries); HT: 16-8

Rotorua BHS 28 (Latu Vaeno 3, Jaz Flavell & Viliami Tosi tries; Nerehana Tarei 4 goals) Western Springs College 20 (Jamie Dennis, Malrick Lavea, Ramo Solomona & Ahotau Kali tries; Nikora Ngaro 2 goals): HT: 6-14

Southern Cross Campus 22 (Viliami Ma'amaloa 2, Fuiva Takitaki, Jan Sepuloni & Peni Mafileo tries; Sila Ulugia goal) Westlake BHS 0; HT: 4-0

St Paul's College 16 (Finau Payne, Sam Filimoetatu & Beau Cordtz tries; Cody Mahuika & Gerar Vili goals) Mt Albert Grammar 4 (John Talisa try); HT: 4-4

Aorere College 8 (Tyler Mohi 2 tries) Tokoroa HS 4 (Cleveland Poko try); HT: 8-0



Aranui HS 24 (Jinho Mun 2, Luke Holland, Sea Muamalale & Fa'aaliga tries; Mun 2 goals) Whangarei BHS 16 (Shane Paraha, Caleb Aekins, Manaaki Tawhiwhirangi & Journee Cassidy tries); HT: 10-10

Greymouth HS 18 (Riley Coleman, Jordan Campbell, William Coghlan & Josh Bell tries; Arthur Southeron goal) Rosehill College 14 (Sione Ahokovi, Darryl Hemepo & Edge Tuaineti-Watson tries; Nathan Linford goal); HT: 8-10

Pakuranga College 18 (Jesse Keven, Gerald van Wyk & Luke Armiger tries; Keven 3 goals) Northcote College 10 (Warati Matenga & Sion Talilotu tries; Adam Roberts goal); HT: 12-6

Francis Douglas College 22 (Caleb Wheatley, Josh Perrett, Henry Miles & Bryn Chard tries; Eli Kneepkens 3 goals) One Tree Hill College 12 (Wallave Teaurima & Pimi Lavlavu tries; Michael Joe 2 goals); HT: 18-0

Wesley College 68 (Esera Brown 2, Ma Latai 2, Aria Cerei 2, Sam Aki 2, Isaac Underwood, Falani Lovo, Xavier Johansson, Royston Tu'uta tries; Cerei 9 & Tui Tauaaika goals) Taita College 6 (Aaron Maxwell try; Ryan Pene-Stevens goal); HT: 34-6

Papatoetoe HS 22 (Iese Aiga 2, Kelep Holi & Nuku Ngere tries; Foga Autagavaia 3 goals) Mt Roskill Grammar 12 (Otu Maka Mausia, John Taito & Ken Fa'aoso tries); HT: 0-12