.Varsity grabs the last playoff spot
Varsity’s surge into the Hankins Shield playoffs was complete on Saturday with a 43-21 victory over the defending champions Feilding Old Boys Oroua in the final round of the McDonald’s Senior 1 club rugby competition.
The Sky Blues have been in winning form for the past month as they looked to secure a playoff spot. The six-try victory over the Stags sees Varsity tackle top-of-the-table College Old Boys in one Hankins Shield semi-final next week.
At Arena, it was a battle of the heavy weights as Centennial Shield winners College Old Boys hosted Feilding with both sides probably having a lazy eye on the playoffs, just seven days away.
Feilding stretched out to a 21-12 lead at halftime before COB clocked up the points in the second spell with the game finishing a 34-34 draw.
Old Boys Marist, who face Feilding in the second Hankins Shield semi-final next week, warmed up for the playoffs with a comfortable 62-3 win over Freyberg.
Meanwhile at Rongotea, Te Kawau ran out two-point winners against Kia Toa by 27-25. The two sides will do battle again in the Val Holland Trophy semi-final next Saturday.
The semi-finalists are:
Hankins Shield: College Old Boys (1) vs Varsity (4); Feilding (2) vs Old Boys Marist (3).
Val Holland Trophy: Feilding Old Boys Oroua (5) vs Freyberg (8); Kia Toa (6) vs Te Kawau (7).
The best and fairest from round 16 were:
• Varsity v Feilding OB-Oroua: 3 Nick Grogan (Varsity) hooker, 2 Kirk Tufuga (Varsity) No 8, Alex Hawira (FOBO) No 8.
• College OB v Feilding: 3 Andre Taylor (centre/fullback), 2 Nick Crosswell (Feilding), 1 Josiah Maraku (Feilding) centre.
• OB-Marist v Freyberg: 3 Jamie Tinetti (OBM) flanker, 2 Jay Rolleston (OBM) lock, 1 Jared Deal (OBM) 2nd5.
• Te Kawau v Kia Toa: 3 Troy Sherriff (Te Kawau) halfback, 2 Jeremy David (Kia Toa) hooker, 1 Sam Stewart (hooker).
Click here for the final standings in the season individual awards.
Full results from the weekend:
College Old Boys 34 (Andre Taylor 2, Awatere Kiwara 2, Te Anini Pardoe, Stewart Cruden, tries; Taylor 2 con) Feilding 34 (Nick Crosswell, Matt Dalley, Drew Wild, Josiah Maraku tries; Brad Carr 4 con, 2 pen) HT 12-21.
Varsity 43 (Doug Juszczyk, Kirk Tufuga, Atonio Walker-Leawere, Mickey Woolliams, Jacob Millan, Flyn Yates, tries; Nick Birchfield 4, Scott Davidson, cons; Birchfield pen) FOB-Oroua 21 (Alex Hawira, Tyler Moeau, Hamish Bennett, tries; Tom Stewart 2, Shai Wiperi, cons) HT 14-7.
Old Boys Marist 62 (Jeremy Dobson 3, Matene Ruawau 2, Josh Greer, Hayden Hill, Luke Hall, Will Treder, Tejay Oliver, tries; Hill 3, Jason Temara 2, Bryce Grant, cons) Freyberg 3 (Wiremu Morgan pen) HT 19-3.
Te Kawau 27 (Adam Boult 2, Dominic Broadhead, Matthew Lyttle, tries; Ethan Woodmass 2 con, pen) Kia Toa 25 (Tobias Wickham-Manuel 3, Moleli Malua, Tone Fau'olo, tries) HT 17-10.