CYCLONES: The Manawatu Cyclones locked in their Farah Palmer Cup semifinal spot with a 29-12 win over the Hawke’s Bay Tui at McLean Park in Napier on Friday. St John’s Wanganui Metro’s Sosoli Talawadua played prop while clubmate Lavenia Nauga-Grey was on the bench, with both backing up on the Saturday in the Wanganui Women’s game with Wairarapa Bush.
SEVENS: Three local players were chosen for the tournament teams after the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Secondary Schools Sevens tournament at Rathkeale College on Saturday. NZ Barbarians U18 players Harry Godfrey and Adam Lennox added another honour to their season, being named in the Boys team after helping guide Whanganui Collegiate to the semifinals of their 10-school grade. While Whanganui High School weren’t quite as successful in their five-school Girls grade, their speedster Paris Munro was still named in that tournament side.
The final rankings for the Boys Section of the Tournament were:
1. Feilding High School
2. St. Patrick’s College, Wellington
3. Hastings Boys’ High School
4. Whanganui Collegiate
5. Palmerston North Boys’ High School
6. Rathkeale College
7. Aotea College
8. Lindisfarne College
9. Hato Paora College
10. Waiopehu College
The final rankings for the Girls Section of the Tournament were:
2. Feilding High School
3. St. Mary’s College
4. Kapiti College
5. Whanganui High School
VIRTUAL HEARTLAND: Wanganui have performed the 3-Peat in RugbyHeartland.co.nz ‘s Virtual Heartland Championship for 2020, backing up their wins in 2018 & 2019. Beating West Coast by 39 to 05 at a very similar looking Virtual Cooks Gardens, albeit the extra grandstands. You can view the full replay below 👇.