The National Boys Youth Tournament Grand Finals today saw new victors South Island Scorpions crowned as the 16s grade champions, while the Counties Manukau Stingrays went back-to-back as 2022 and now 2023 18s title-holders. The Auckland Invitational 16s, Aotearoa Whaanui 16s, and New Zealand Resident Clubs 18s representative teams were named in the prizegiving ceremony, with selection having taken place throughout the tournament.
National Boys Youth Tournament Grand Finals recap:
Grand Final – South Island Scorpions v Waikato
Final score: South Island Scorpions 26-10
In this thrilling Grand Final, the South Islanders shot out of the gates first, scoring twice and converting once within the first 15. Momentum swung the other way as the young Waikato men fought back hard to regain their footing in the game. Tries by Walker and Whitiora and a successful conversion from Cowan equalised, bringing the score to 10-all halftime. In the second half’s opening, the Scorpions capitalised off a Waikato penalty for Roebeck to cross for his second try. Although the Waikato side continued to show great physical strength and speed in this contest, the Scorpions proved too strong, scoring twice more and claiming the title 26-10.
South Island Scorpions try scorers
#2 Azaniah Roebeck – 2 tries
#3 Ezekiel Hammond-Siolo
#4 Luciano Felise
#24 Bryce Hauraki-Carle
Conversions: #1 Kairus Booth – 3/5
Waikato try scorers
#13 Romana Brent Whitiora
#17 Mairangiatea Walker
Conversions: #6 Te Kororangi Joshua Cowan – 1/2
Grand Final – South Island Scorpions v Counties Manukau Stingrays
Final score: Counties Manukau Stingrays 24-12
A repeat of the 2022 Grand Final, the returning champions Counties Manukau held majority of the possession and dominance in the first half. Francis Tuimauga and Sosaia Latu scored, with Latu successfully converting both, putting them in the lead 12-0 at halftime. The South Islanders were finally rewarded with two tries in the second half, both to Te Kaio Cranwell, as they refused to go down without a fight. Despite tough efforts and skilful play from the Scorpions, Counties Manukau were too formidable and claimed a back-to-back victory of the 18s grade.
#12 Te Kaio Cranwell – 2 tries
Conversions: #6 Eli Bijl-Kakoi – 2/2
Counties Manukau Stingrays try scorers
#5 Sosaia Latu
#7 Cameron Tuipulotu
#10 Francis Tuimauga
#21 Eteuati Jeremiah Tatupu
Conversions: #5 Sosaia Latu – 4/4
2023 NZRL AOTEAROA WHAANUI 16S SQUAD
Emerging Player: Tevita Kilisimasi-Ioane – Mid Central Vipers
Tournament MVP: Fine Fale – Waikato
2023 NZRL NEW ZEALAND RESIDENT CLUBS BOYS 18S SQUAD
Emerging Player: Jarod Cook – Northland Swords
Tournament MVP: Rodney Vea – Counties Manukau Stingrays
For past live streams, results of all Boys Youth Day 3 games, and all tournament content, visit linktr.ee/nzrlgrassroots.
The 2023 National Boys Youth Tournament has not disappointed, with the stage now set for the Grand Finals. In their first tournament stint as a District, Waikato 16s have exceeded expectations by making it all the way to the big dance to face a strong Scorpions outfit. In a massive campaign for the Southern Zone, both their 16s and 18s teams have earned title contention, with the 18s set for a 2022 Grand Final rematch against the Counties Manukau Stingrays.
The 16s Boys Grand Final match-up was set after a dominating victory by the South Island Scorpions and a hard-earned win by the Waikato young men. The Scorpions outfit put the Auckland Vulcans to the sword, winning 24-0, while Waikato fought and outlasted the Akarana Falcons 22-14. The 16s Grand Final between the Scorpions and Waikato will be played on Puketawhero Park Field 1 at 11:00 am, scheduled for live-stream on the NZRL YouTube page. In this match-up, players to watch out for include Lennox Tuiloma, Turama Paranihi, and Te Kororangi Joshua Cowan. The final to determine 3rd place of the 16s Boys grade will be played prior between the Auckland Vulcans and Akarana Falcons at 9:00 am on Puketawhero Park Field 2.
The Grand Final in the 18s grade sees an exciting rematch of the 2022 Grand Final between the South Island Scorpions and Counties Manukau Stingrays. In 2022, the Counties side dominated, comfortably claiming the title 28-12. In their semi-final, the Stingrays secured their spot in the final after beating the Akarana Falcons 16-8. Meanwhile, the Scorpions showed their dominance in their semi-final against the Vulcans, winning 22-4. The Grand Final will be played at 12:30 pm on Puketawhero Park Field 1, to be live-streamed on the NZRL YouTube page. This final will feature several recognisable standout players taking the field, including 2022 MVP Rodney Vea-Tuipulotu, Meihana Pauling, and Te Kaio Cranwell. The 3rd place final will be played earlier between the Auckland Vulcans and Akarana Falcons boys at 10:15 am on Puketawhero Park Field 4.
National Boys Youth Tournament Finals Draw – Friday 27th September
Grand Final – South Island Scorpions v Waikato 11:00 am (Puketawhero Park Field 1*)
3rd/4th place final – Auckland Vulcans v Akarana Falcons 9:00 am (Puketawhero Park Field 2)
Grand Final – South Island Scorpions v Counties Manukau Stingrays 12:30 pm (Puketawhero Park Field 1*)
3rd/4th place final – Auckland Vulcans v Akarana Falcons 10:15 am (Puketawhero Park Field 4)
*live-streamed game on youtube.com/@NZRugbyLeague
For the entire National Boys Youth Tournament finals day draw and to keep up with all the action, visit linktr.ee/nzrlgrassroots
The highly anticipated 2023 NZRL National Boys Youth Tournament has been full-on, as teams of the best young men from throughout the country have battled for victory on the field. This year has seen an expansion as the Coastline, Bay of Plenty, and Waikato Districts entered the tournament. Day one saw some thrilling pool games, and day two produced closely-contested semi-finals across both 16s and 18s age-grades, with Grand Finals now set to be played tomorrow.
National Boys Youth Tournament Major Semi-Finals recap:
Semi-Final 1 – Auckland Vulcans v South Island Scorpions
Final score: South Island Scorpions 24-0
The South Islanders came strong out of the gates, scoring and converting twice within the first ten minutes. Scorpions kicker Kairus Booth then successfully notched a penalty kick while the Vulcans side struggled to score, bringing it to 14-0 at halftime in favour of the Scorpions. In the second half the South Island Zone boys continued to dominate and keep the Aucklanders from scoring, comfortably securing their place in the 16s Grand Final. #9 Rico Lemalie finished the match one try short of a hat trick.
Semi-Final 2 – Waikato v Akarana Falcons
Final score: Waikato 22-14
Akarana were the first to put points on the board after #12 Quinn Opuariki crossed for a try. Not to be outdone, the young men from the Waikato returned with some fiery attack to score twice and put them in the lead before halftime, 10-4. An intense second half saw the Aucklanders strike back, scoring quickly after kick-off to equalise. The two sides continued to battle going try for try, but ultimately it was Waikato who came out victorious 22-14. Waikato #9 Turama Paranihi finished with a double that helped his team take the win.
Semi-Final 1 – Counties Manukau Stingrays v Akarana Falcons
Final score: Counties Manukau Stingrays 16-8
In this battle of the Aucklanders, the Counties Stingrays produced a more dominant performance but the Falcons refused to quit, fighting right up until the final whistle was blown. The South Aucklanders kept Akarana scoreless to 16-0 up until the 43rd minute, but spirited gameplay was seen as both sides put their bodies on the line under heavy contact. Akarana centre #4 Isaiah Fale impressively scored a double to put his team on the board, but Counties Manukau claimed the victory and will feature in tomorrow’s 18s Grand Final.
Semi-Final 2 – South Island Scorpions v Auckland Vulcans
Final score: South Island Scorpions 22-4
The South Islanders came out firing, scoring twice and converting once within the first ten minutes. The Scorpions side continued to dominate the Auckland side in the first half, scoring again while keeping the Vulcans out, 16-0 at the half. After several close attempts, the Vulcans were finally rewarded with a try in the 37th minute, but the Southern Zone team were too strong and comfortably took the win 22-4. Scorpions #6 Eli Bijl-Kakoi performed his kicking duties well, scoring six points with three successful conversions from four attempts.
26 September 2023
The 2023 National Girls Youth Tournament did not disappoint, as some of the best rugby league wāhine from around the country represented their Zones and Districts over three days. Following the successful inaugural tournament in 2022, 2023 saw an expansion as the Waikato and Bay of Plenty Districts joined the fold to field their best female talent. Spectators were treated to some exhilarating football, as returning players alongside new up-and-comers left it all on the field. The Grand Finals saw Counties Manukau Stingrays successfully defend their claim to the 16s Girls title, while the Auckland Vulcans dominantly took the victory of the 18s Girls grade. The very best young women from the tournament earned selection for the NZRL Aotearoa Whaanui and Resident Clubs representative squads to play in October.
NZRL 2023 National Girls Youth Tournament Grand Finals recap:
Grand Final – Counties Manukau Stingrays v Wellington Orcas
Final score: Counties Manukau 18-4
The Counties Manukau side put points on the board first after the ball was excellently spread wide for their left winger #2 Tiare-Anne Leuaga to score. Leuaga crossed again shortly after for her second, to bring the score to a modest 8-0 at halftime. As the second half kicked off, the Wellingtonians fought hard to regain some momentum, producing some excellent defensive work followed by Kyla Pasene scoring to put them on the board. Not to be outdone, the Stingrays outfit replied with a try by winger Shafenior Lui, then successfully converted through Limilaiti Paea. To seal Counties’ second title and complete her hat trick, Leuaga scored again, bringing it to 18-4 full-time.
Grand Final – Akarana Falcons v Auckland Vulcans
Final score: Auckland Vulcans 38-0
In this battle of Tāmaki Makaurau, a formidable Vulcans side dominated 2022 champions the Akarana Falcons, who saw losses to their squad throughout the tournament due to injuries. The Vulcans lineup featured several seasoned players, including Braxton Sorensen-McGee, Seriah Palepale, and Latesha Mitchener, while Claudia Finau captained the Falcons. Winger Angelica Vahai opened up scoring for the Auckland Rugby League side, followed quickly by Gillian Fa’aumu, who put another four points on the board. The side was relentless, scoring twice more and keeping the Akarana girls scoreless, 20-0 at halftime. The second half saw courageous play by the Akarana Falcons, including multiple close scoring attempts and a line break by fullback Malita Tapu. Ultimately, the Vulcans proved too dominant, claiming the 18s Girls title and finishing the game 38-0.
2023 NZRL Aotearoa Whaanui 16s Girls Squad:
Tournament MVP: Mary-Jane Taito – Counties Manukau Stingrays
2023 NZRL New Zealand Resident Girls Clubs 18s Squad:
Tournament MVP: Claudia Finau – Akarana Falcons
For past live streams, results of all Girls Youth Day 3 games, and all tournament content, visit linktr.ee/nzrlgrassroots.
The 16s Girls Grand Final match-up was set after a dominating victory by the Counties Manukau Stingrays and a late comeback by the Wellington Orcas girls. The Stingrays outfit put Mid Central to the sword, winning 22-6, while the Orcas were able to fight back and outlast the Scorpions 16-10. The 16s Grand Final will be played on Owen Delaney Park Field 1 at 11:00 am, also scheduled to be live-streamed on the NZRL YouTube page. In this match-up, players to watch out for include sisters Shanthie and Shafenior Lui, Billie Va’a, and Te Ngaroahiahi Rimoni. The final to determine 3rd place of the 16s Girls grade will be played prior between the Mid Central Vipers and South Island Scorpions at 9:00 am on Owen Delaney Park Field 5.
The Grand Final in the 18s grade sees a rematch between the two Auckland sides, the Akarana Falcons and the Auckland Vulcans. The teams were in the same pool faced off earlier in the tournament, with the Vulcans side modestly winning 14-4. After significant losses to their squad from injury, the Falcons narrowly beat the Counties Manukau Stingrays in their semi-final 12-10. Vulcans secured their place in the final after beating a strong Wellington side 14-4. This Auckland derby Grand Final will be played at 12:30 pm on Owen Delaney Park Field 1, to be live-streamed on the NZRL YouTube page. This final will feature several formidable 2022 Tournament Team players, including Milahn Ieremia, Claudia Finau, and MVP Seriah Palepale. The 3rd place final will be played earlier between the Counties Manukau Stingrays and the Wellington Orcas 18s girls at 10:15 am on Owen Delaney Park Field 5.
National Girls Youth Tournament Finals Draw – Tuesday 26th September
Grand Final – Counties Manukau Stingrays v Wellington Orcas 11:00 am (Owen Delaney Park Field 1*)
3rd/4th place final – Mid Central Vipers v South Island Scorpions 9:00 am (Owen Delaney Park Field 5)
Grand Final – Akarana Falcons v Auckland Vulcans 12:30 pm (Owen Delaney Park Field 1*)
3rd/4th place final – Counties Manukau Stingrays v Wellington Orcas 10:15 am (Owen Delaney Park Field 5)
*live-streamed game on youtube.com/@NZRugbyLeague
For the entire National Girls Youth Tournament finals day draw and to keep up with all the action, visit linktr.ee/nzrlgrassroots
The much anticipated 2023 NZRL National Girls Youth Tournament has been jam-packed, as teams of the best young girls from throughout the country have battled for victory on the field. Day one saw some thrilling pool games, and day two produced intense semi-finals across both 16s and 18s age-grades, with Grand Finals now set to be played tomorrow.
National Girls Youth Tournament Major Semi-Finals recap:
Semi-Final 1 – Counties Manukau Stingrays v Mid Central Vipers
Final score: Counties Manukau Stingrays 22-6
The first half of the match saw some outstanding attacking play from both sides, with the Vipers only narrowly down 12-6 at halftime. In the second half, the Stingrays kept the Vipers from scoring and eventually proved too dominant for the Mid Central Zone team, chalking up two more unanswered tries. The final whistle blew with the score at 22-6, five tries to one in favour of the Counties Manukau Stingrays girls.
Semi-Final 2 – Wellington Orcas v South Island Scorpions
Final score: Wellington Orcas 16-10
In this close match-up, the Southern Zone girls got off to a strong start, leading by two tries to none with the score line at 10-0 at halftime. Upon the second-half kick-off, Watene of the Orcas quickly scored initiating a shift in momentum. The team from the Capital continued to fight back into the game, scoring twice more to take the lead 12-10. Another Orcas try by Maihi with only 6 minutes left on the clock sealed the win for the Wellingtonians, securing their place in the Grand Final.
Semi-Final 1 – Auckland Vulcans v Wellington Orcas
Final score: Auckland Vulcans 14-4
The first half of this match was a back-and-forth contest, with the halftime score tied up at only 4-4 in a physical game. In the second half, the Aucklanders kept the Orcas out and scored twice more, with one successful conversion by Sorensen-McGee, to take the win 14-4.
Semi-Final 2 – Counties Manukau Stingrays v Akarana Falcons
Final score: Akarana Falcons 12-10
In a battle between the two Auckland sides, this semi-final came down to conversions. The Falcons did well to score first, but Counties were quick to reply with one of their own, followed shortly by another. The halftime score was 10-6 in favour of the Stingrays. An intense second half saw the reigning champions, Akarana, fight hard to keep Counties out, with the Falcons eventually scoring and successfully converting the try to take the win by two points.
NZRL National Girls Youth Tournament Finals Draw – Tuesday 26th September
The best female rugby league talent from all across the motu have converged on Taupō’s Owen Delaney Park for three days of football, representing their Districts and Zones. With all pool matches wrapped up and semi-finalists determined, new teams have emerged as front runners. In just the second iteration of the NZRL National Girls Youth Tournament since its introduction in 2022, the tournament has showcased the exciting development of young female players, Districts, and Zones.
South Island Scorpions 16s Girls
The Scorpions finished second in the 16s Girls Section A pool, closely behind Counties Manukau. With six Districts within the Southern Zone, there was no lack of talent for Head Coach Tyrone Rapana to select his squad from. Captain and utility player Sydelle Samuelu leads the girls, who also featured for Canterbury in the National District 9s Competition earlier this year. Samuelu shared that her goal for their campaign is to become the first Scorpions 16s Girls team to win the Tournament title. Forwards Olive Connolly and Dormay Laufiso have garnered attention, leading the team up the pitch with strong carries and tough defence. The girls are now preparing for their semi-final against the Wellington 16s Girls, which will be played at 1:00 p.m today.
Wellington Orcas 16s Girls
The Wellingtonians finished their round-robin matches undefeated, topping the 16s Girls Pool B ahead of Mid Central, Auckland, and Waikato. The squad features a number of girls named in the recent New Zealand Secondary Schools Tournament Squad, including co-captains Te Raukura Leafe and Luca-Bella Ngatuere-Ongley. The duo have had exceptional performances for the team from the capital and look to lead the girls out for their semi-final against the South Island 16s Girls.
Counties Manukau Stingrays 18s Girls
Entering the Tournament with a strong squad of girls from the Auckland Rugby League Secondary School and club competitions, the Counties Manukau Stingrays are confident and looking to go all the way. Coached by Sefuluai Bella Tamotu, the squad is bolstered by Ivana Lauitiiti, Alianna Tonu’u, and Danii-Nicole Gray from the New Zealand Secondary Schools Tournament Squad. Going undefeated in Pool B of the 18s grade, Counties look to face off against fellow Aucklanders, the Vulcans 18s Girls, in the semi-final at 2:00 pm.
For the National Youth Competition live streams, complete draws, and results, and to keep up with all the rugby league action visit linktr.ee/nzrlgrassroots.
2022 saw one of the most significant events in the grassroots rugby league calendar introduce the inaugural National Girls Youth Tournament. Now back for 2023, the Boys and Girls National Youth Tournaments will each spread over three days, kicking off with the Girls Tournament at Taupo’s Owen Delaney Park. Both tournaments will feature 16s and 18s grades.
Throughout the competition, the Aotearoa Whaanui and New Zealand Clubs teams will be chosen by selectors to play on October 23rd, at Bruce Pulman Park in Auckland. The Aotearoa Whaanui teams will be chosen from the 16s tournaments to face the Auckland Invitational sides. The New Zealand Clubs teams will be selected from the 18s tournaments to play against the New Zealand Schools teams.
National Girls Youth Tournament
Sunday 24 – Tuesday 26 September
Owen Delaney Park, Taupo
Returning to Taupo, the National Girls Youth Tournament will see talented rugby league wāhine from throughout the country competing for their Districts and Zones over three days. The inaugural Girls Youth Tournament in 2022 had a spectacle ending with two narrow finals in both the 16s and 18s grades.
This tournament continues to enhance NZ’s female game, with Alexis Tauaneai completing her journey from the inaugural 2022 National Youth Tournament to becoming a part of the St. George Illawarra Dragons NRLW team. Additionally, Taleenza Nelson secured a Development contract with the Cronulla Sharks. The 2023 tournament will undoubtedly feature wāhine looking to complete the same journey.
National Boys Youth Tournament
Wednesday 27 – Friday 29 September
Puketawhero Park, Rotorua
The National Boys Youth Tournament will close off grassroots footy for September, returning to Rotorua’s Puketawhero Park to be held over three days. This tournament will see the best young tama toa compete across the 16s and 18s grades from Zones and Districts, including; Northland, Auckland, Akarana, Counties, Waikato, Hauraki, Bay of Plenty, Coastline, Mid Central, Wellington, and South Island.
Girls Youth Tournament Live Stream Schedule
10:00 am Wellington v Waikato 16 Girls (Pool B)
11:00 am South Island v Wellington 18 Girls (Pool B)
1:00 pm Counties Manukau v Akarana 16 Girls (Section A)
2:00pm Akarana v Waikato 18 Girls (Pool A)
10:00 am Mid Central v Waikato 16 Girls (Pool B)
11:00am Akarana v Auckland 18 Girls (Pool A)
1:00 pm 16 Girls Semi-Final
2:00 pm 18 Girls Semi-Final
11:00 am 16 Girls Finals
12:30 pm 18 Girls Finals
Boys Youth Tournament Live Stream Schedule
10:00 am Akarana v Wellington 16 Boys (Pool B & C)
11:00 am South Island v Bay of Plenty 18 Boys (Pool B & C)
12:00 pm Auckland v Waikato 18 Boys (Pool A)
1:00 pm South Island v Mid Central 16 Boys (Pool B & C)
2:00 pm Bay of Plenty v Mid Central 16 Boys (Pool B & C)
3:00 pm Counties Manukau v Northland 16 Boys (Section A)
10:00 am Counties Manukau v Auckland 16 Boys (Section A)
11:00 am Wellington v Mid Central 18 Boys (Pool A)
1:00 pm 16 Boys Semi-Final
2:15 pm 18 Boys Semi-Final
11:00 am 16 Boys Finals
12:30 pm 18 Boys Finals
For the National Youth Competition live streams, complete draws, results, and to keep up with all the rugby league action visit linktr.ee/nzrlgrassroots.
19 October 2022
This weekend brings us the return of NZRL’s Clubs vs Schools fixture and the introduction of the 16’s Auckland Invitational vs Aotearoa Whaanui representative matchups.
The Labour weekend brings us the first ever 16’s Auckland Invitational vs Aotearoa Whaanui representative game, where the best talent from across the motu face Auckland’s top 17.
Both sides claim considerable talent across their respective squads in a game that sees the young future stars of the game. The Wellington cohort of Billie Va’a, Jayda Maniapoto and Trinity Tauaneai headline an exciting and balanced Aotearoa Whaanui, which has strike all across the park.
Finals MVP Josinah Filisi Tauiliili leads the Auckland Invitational side out after an outstanding performance in the 16’s grand final. She is joined by teammate Danii-Nicole Gray and the exciting Tayla-Benet Masoe, who played at the back for the Auckland Vulcans.
The 16s Auckland Invitational is headlined by Akarana Falcon and Youth Tournament MVP Kaawyn Patterson. A team with strike all over, centre Taipari Wikitera and winger Ezekiel Tavita looked dangerous with every touch. Aotearoa Whaanui is one dominated by a solid Southern Scorpions side. Exciting talent Ezekiel Faga’ieti leads the Aotearoa side, whilst Wellington Orca Maui Winitana-Patelesio directs them around the park.
The 16s Auckland Invitation is headlined by Akarana Falcon and Youth Tournament MVP Kaawyn Patterson. A team that possesses strike across the park, centre Taipari Wikitera and winger Ezekiel Tavita were electric for their sides in the Youth Tournament. The Aotearoa Whaanui outfit is one dominated by the South Island Scorpions. Exciting young talent Ezekiel Fanga’ieti leads the Southern side, whilst Wellington Orca Maui Winitana-Patelesio directs them around the park.
Starting in 2020, the NZRL Clubs vs Schools clash features the best 18s talent Aotearoa offers. Although it was unable to take place in 2021 due to covid-19, it has already seen many of its participants go on to sign with NRL Clubs. Players such as Sam McIntyre (Gold Coast Titans), Daeon Amituanai (Penrith Panthers) and Josiah Karapani (South Sydney Rabbitohs) all found homes in the Telstra Premiership after playing in this match.
The 2022 game will feature an inaugural girl’s clash displaying the depth of the women’s game. NZRL Secondary Schools MVP Sharnyze Pihema headlines the match with Seriah Palepale and Giovanna Suani, also ones to watch for the Schools. The Clubs squad is led by Youth Tournament MVP Tamisha Tulua and Upper Central’s Alexis Tauaneai, who were electric in the girl’s competition.
Secondary Schools and Youth tournament MVPs Wasaike Salabiau and Ben Peni head the boys game that features top talent littered through the sides. South Island’s Oliver Lawry and St Paul’s Sio Kali also show the depth of ability in this matchup.
Squads can be subject to change due to injury*
All games are free to attend and live on Sky Sport!
16s AUCKLAND INVITATIONAL VS AOTEAROA WHAANUI
Auckland Invitational 16 Girls versus Rest of Aotearoa 16 Girls; Sunday 23 October, 12 pm. North Harbour Stadium
AOTEAROA WHAANUI 16 GIRLS
AUCKLAND INVITATIONAL 16 GIRLS
18S CLUBS V SCHOOLS
New Zealand Schools Girls versus New Zealand Clubs Girls; Sunday 23 October, 2 pm. North Harbour Stadium
18 GIRLS NZ CLUBS SQUAD:
18 GIRLS NZ SCHOOLS SQUAD:
Auckland Invitational Boys 16s versus Aotearoa Whaanui Boys 16s; Monday 24 October, 2 pm. North Harbour Stadium
16s AUCKLAND INVITATIONAL VS AOTEAROA WHAANUI
AOTEAROA WHAANUI 16 BOYS
AUCKLAND INVITATIONAL 16 BOYS
New Zealand Schools Boys versus New Zealand Clubs Boys; Monday 24 October, 4 pm. North Harbour Stadium
18 BOYS NZ CLUBS SQUAD:
18 BOYS NZ SCHOOLS SQUAD:
NZRL would like to acknowledge the selection of Leti Jeff Samuela (De La Salle College) who, after an awesome Secondary Schools tournament was named in the NZ Schools team but has unfortunately been to withdraw due to injury.
The final game for the U18S NZRL Boy’s Youth Tournament saw Counties Manukau Stingrays face off against South Island Scorpions at Puketawhero park, Rotorua.
The Stingrays dominated possession early as they continued to forced errors in the South Island’s half of the field, resulting in 4 tries in the first half, two of them coming from powerful backrower Rodney Tuipulotu-Vea.
The second half saw Counties Manukau opened the scoring as Rodney Tuipulotu-Vea completed a hat-trick. With their backs against the wall, a spirited Scorpions side tried to mount a comeback and were rewarded with a try however it was too little, too late with Counties Manukau Stingrays claiming the U18’s championship in dominating fashion with the score being 28-12.
Counties Manukau – Rodney Tuipulotu-Vea x3, Phranklyn Mano-Le-Mamea x2, Hirini Holmes, Jarome Falemoe, Cameron Tuipulotu
South Island – Makaia Tafua, Alofa Faaiva
Counties Manukau – Phranklyn Mano-Le-Mamea 2/8
South Island – Jacob Nyman 2/2
12 October 2022
Counties were too strong as they take the 16s NZRL Youth Tournament for 2022.
Despite the score,, Akarana hit the lead first after multiple errors from the Stingrays side. A fresh set on the Stingrays line saw Akarana centre Taipari Wikitera steamroll through the Counties left edge to open the scoring.
From there it was all Counties-Manukau. Coming from the bench, Sale Tatapu barged over the line to give the Stingays the lead, which they never relinquished going into the sheds up 12-4. From the break, another interchange forward this time Atelea Filo made his way over and Joshua Totara Kopua sealed the win as the Counties outfit ran out 22-3 winners.
COUNTIES MANUKAU 22
Tries: Tatapu, Lolesio, Filo, Totara Kopua
Conversions: Fatani Latu 3/4
Conversions: Marsters 0/1
Counties have repeated their efforts from the Girl’s tournament, seeing both age groups advance to their respective grand finals.
The 16’s match-up was set after dominating victories by the Akarana Falcons and the Counties Manukau Stingrays. The Stingrays outfit put Auckland to the sword, winning 26-4, while the Falcons were able to outlast the South Island Scorpions 20-8. The Auckland derby will be played on field one at 11:00 am
The final in the 18’s grade sees Counties again, this time facing a South Island side hot off a 42-14 drubbing of Auckland. South Island boasts a talented squad, including Te Kaio Cranwell, Tanner Stowers Smith and Makaia Tafua, who were selected in the 2022 NZRL Youth Tournament Team of the Tournament. South Island 20’s half Oliver Lawry and St Thomas fullback Ngaheke Nepata round out a robust Southern outfit.
De La Salle contingent Kayliss Fatialofa, Rodney Tuipulotu and Ieti Samuelu make up a solid and determined Counties outfit. Tournament MVP Ben Peni will look to continue his fine form and help his side capture the Youth Tournament trophy. This side also features wing Jarome Falemoa, Phranklyn Mano Le Mamea and Francis Tuimauga, who were all named in the Tournament Team.
Make sure to tune in on the NZRL Youtube channel to catch all of the finals action live from Rotorua’s Puketawhero Park!
16s Grand Final
Counties Manukau v Akarana Falcons 11:00 am – Puketawhero Park
18s Grand Final
Counties Manukau v South Island Scorpions 01:00 pm – Puketawhero Park
6 October 2022
The final game for the girl’s youth tournament at Owen Delaney Park in Taupo saw the Counties Manukau Stingrays face off against the Wellington Orcas for the U16 Girls Championship.
Counties Manukau looked strong early in the game as their defence kept the Wellington Orcas under pressure forcing errors which resulted in Counties striking early in the match. Throughout the game both teams traded blows as they looked to capture the ascending but both teams were evenly matched with ten minutes remaining.
An error made on their own line by the Stingrays went unpunished as the Orca’s fumbled the ball off the scrum. Counties then took control of the match, as MVP Josinah Filisi Tauiliili made her imprint, making two incredible linebreaks to set Counties in great position. With five minutes left Danii-Nicole Gray put the Stingrays ahead with a penalty goal, and not too long after Braxton McGee-Sorensen put the game out of reach with a great effort to score in the left hand corner.
Final score 22-16 to the Counties-Manukau Stingrays.
The action from the girls u18s girl’s tournament finals kicked off on Thursday morning at Owen Delaney Park in Taupo between the Akarana Falcons and Counties Manukau Stingrays.
Counties Manukau drew first blood as their forwards dominated the middles with barnstorming runs to crash over the line to get four points. The Stingrays continued their form as their backs shifted the ball out to the edge for Counties to make a line break that resulted in a 50-metre runaway try.
Down on the scoreboard a determined Akarana side started to build momentum with great defence and a bit of luck to score the first points of the half. Following on from their first try, Akarana wasted no time to score their next to close out the half and even the scores at 10-10 a piece.
Counties started off the second half strong as they dominated the early part of the second half. The backs capitalised off the back of the Stingray forwards hard work, as they drew first blood in the second half to make it 14-10.
However costly errors and a sin bin from Counties allowed Akarana to creep back into the game. A late push from the Falcons saw the Akarana team crash over the line and even the score 14 all. A spirited Counties Manukau team were quickly working up the field however scrambling defence saw the Falcons shut down any attacking threat that the Stingrays had. A late penalty with two minutes to go in front of the Counties Manukau posts saw the Falcons kick a 2-point penalty to close out the game 16-14, with the Falcons being the 2022 U18 girls National Youth champions.
The 2022 Girls Youth Tournament are to be decided at Taupo’s Owen Delaney Park, with Counties Manukau featuring in both clashes.
The conclusion for the 16s Youth Competition features Counties Manukau and the Wellington Orcas. A surprise package of the tournament, Ken Laban’s Wellington side have been well drilled and clinical throughout the five days, taking the competition by storm. The Orca’s dominated the Team of the Tournament with seven players including; Billie Va’a, Jayda Maniapoto, Riana Le’afa-Paki, Te Ngaroahiahi Rimoni, Luca-Bella Ngatuere-Ongley, Trinity Tauaneai and Indiana Ronnie Russell-Via.
Facing the Orca’s are Pool A Winners Counties Manukau. Like Wellington, Counties dominated their pool on their way to the Grand Final. A strong team featuring many stars such as Braxton Sorensen-McGee, Josinah Filisi Tauiliili, Giovanni Suani and Tournament MVP Seriah Palepale. One to watch, Palepale has eight tries in three games and will be looking to score again in the decider.
The 18’s age group has come down to a final showdown between Akarana and Counties Manukau. Both teams have been dominant in the tournament so far with only a points differential of 14 separating the Auckland sides. Both sides accounted for 13 of the 19 players selected in the Team of the Tournament, including Counties fullback Tamisha Tulua, the MVP of the tournament.
Both teams are firing on all cylinders and this will be an exciting clash of some of the best talent in Aotearoa.
August 11, 2022
In collaboration with Auckland Rugby League (ARL), New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) will present representative games for boys and girls in the 16s and 18s age groups.
The 16s age group will feature an inaugural ‘Auckland’ versus ‘Rest of New Zealand’ contest whilst the ‘Clubs vs Schools’ match-up returns for their 18s counterparts. These games will be played in Auckland over labour weekend, the 23rd and 24th of October and will consist of the best young talent across the motu.
The 16s Auckland teams will consist of players from the ARL competition, Region of Origin development programme and representative teams that include; Akarana, Counties-Manukau and Auckland. The ‘Rest of New Zealand’ squads will be selected from Zonal teams that consist of Northland, Upper Central, Mid Central, Wellington and South Island.
ARL’s Football Development and Programmes Manager Viggo Rasmussen had this to say, “Auckland Rugby League is extremely excited to test ourselves against the best rangatahi talent in our county. The 16s age grade is a significant area for us, as we focus on building pathways and attractive development pathways for our juniors.”
The 18’s representative clash sees the ‘Clubs vs Schools’ return after a year hiatus and will include the debut of a girl’s match. NZRL will select the Schools team from their performances at the NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament, which runs from the 30th of August to the 3nd of September. Clubs squads will be selected from the 16s and 18s NZRL National Youth Tournaments that will take place from the 4th to the 12th of October.
NZRL General Manager of Football and High Performance Motu Tony added, “NZRL has focused on developing the female game, and presenting a girls 18’s Clubs vs. Schools match is another step towards enhancing the wāhine space. This event offers our young women an opportunity not seen before, creating more pathways for females to develop their game.”
“As for the boys, the Clubs vs Schools match-up was a huge success in 2020, and we are looking to build off that this year. A plethora of young talent have found homes in NRL clubs from the previous contest, showing a genuine pathway rangtahi can take towards the professional game.”
Auckland U16 Boys vs. Rest of New Zealand U16 Boys
Auckland U16 Girls vs. Rest of New Zealand U16 Girls
New Zealand Schools Girls vs. New Zealand Clubs Girls
New Zealand Schools Boys vs. New Zealand Clubs Boys
Mid Central Vipers 16s v South Island Scorpions 16s Final
The action kicked off early on Sunday morning at the Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub in Christchurch. The South Island were hosts for both 16s and 18s National Youth Tournament Finals. The Mid Central Vipers 16s were first up taking on the South Island Scorpions 16s.
The Vipers number seven Chance Sherrard-Chase sold the Scorpions a dummy to open the scoring in this final. The Vipers continued their attack on the right side, Tayne Harvey taking it over the line through a gap in the defense. A frustrated Scorpions team was penalised after Revelation Mumuta was caught offside with a shoulder charge which saw the Scorpions down a man near the end of the first half. Errors plagued the Scorpions throughout the first half, the Scorpions conceded another try to Vipers Ramses Ah Chong. The Vipers went into the sheds with the lead 18 – 0.
A far more composed Scorpions team emerged to open the scoring in the second half. Te Kaio Cranwell powered through five defenders to get points on the board for his team. Some individual brilliance from Viper’s Ah Chong saw him bust through four tacklers to go over to score his second try of the match. Scorpions continued to fight back with a try of their own by Aston Wilson, to close the gap by 12 points. Viper’s pressure and speed ultimately proved too much for the Scorpions, Vipers becoming the National Youth Competition 16s champions for 2021 winning the match 22 – 10.
South Island Scorpions 18s v Upper Central Stallions 18s Final
The highly anticipated second match of the day saw the Upper Central Stallions 18s face off against the top of table Southern Zone 18s.
The Stallions and Warriors Youth player Tamiro Armstrong opens the scoring in the second match, after a tight first 15 minutes. The Stallions doubled down with another strong try to number 12 Jericho Yorke. A momentum shift near the end of the first half saw the Scorpions put their first points on the board. Scorpions and Canterbury Bulls rep Uriah Tuli scored first points for his team followed by a tries by teammate Jayton Lawrie and an excellent run away from Martino Bio. The Scorpions head into the second half with a lead over the Stallions 18 – 8.
The Scorpions came back into the second half firing with a try in the first few minutes to Leo Nasio. The Stallions still in it, put on a massive came back and hit the line hard with a try to Brooklyn Rowley to break a quiet period for the team. Armstrong follows up with a second try for the Stallions, to close the gap. This was followed by a crucial try by the Stallion’s Jason Kameta, to give his team the lead by two points with 14 minutes to go. Out of desperation, the Scorpions created their own opportunity scoring an impressive team try, Bio took the ball across the line to take the lead back for the south. With five minutes to go, the Stallions refused to bow out with a try to Tome Poona sealing the win for the Stallions 28 – 30.
Wellington Orcas 16s v Mid Central Vipers 16s
Day two of round three kicked off with a tense contest between the Upper Central Stallions and the Wellington Orcas 16s. The Orcas scored a flurry of tries at the beginning of the second half to edge out the Stallions.
Wellington Orcas 18s v Mid Central Vipers 18s
Upper Central Zone 16s v South Island Scorpions 16s
The first day of round three of the National Youth Competition kicked off with a battle between the Upper Central Stallions and the Mid Central Vipers 16s.
Upper Central Zone 18s v South Island Scorpions 18s
You can watch replays of both Upper Central Zone v South Island Scorpions below.
The second day of round 2 kicked off with a thriller between the South Island Scorpions 16s and the Northern Swords 16s. After a first half blowout by the Scorpions, the Swords came into the second half firing. It wasn’t enough for the Swords though, Scorpions beating them in the end 20 – 28.
The South Island Scorpions dominance in this tournament continued into day two with a gutsy win over a spirited Nothland Swords 18s team.
You can watch replays of both matches below.
Northern Swords 16s v South Island Scorpions 16s
Northern Swords 18s v South Island Scorpions 18s
The first day of round 2 started off with a thriller of a contest between the South Island Scorpions 16s and the Mid Central Vipers 16s. This tight contest saw the Vipers add another win to their resume, beating the Scorpions 24 – 20.
The second match of the day saw the Scorpions take a late lead in the game, after a tight first half. The Vipers lose their second consecutive match 16 – 30.
South Island Scorpions 16s v Mid Central Vipers 16s
South Island Scorpions 18s v Mid Central Vipers 18s
Northern Swords 16s v Wellington Orcas 16s
Northern Swords 18s v Wellington Orcas 18s
Sosaia Alatini scored the opening try of the Youth Competition for the South Island Scorpions. The Scorpions domination of the match continued with tries from Cairo Rangihuna-Ruri, Aston Wilson, Dakota Kakoi, And Meihana Pauling in the first half alone. The second half saw the Scorpions with a lead of 30 points to nill. Rangihuna-Ruri opened the half with his second try, followed by the Wellington Orcas first try of the match by Caleb Carroll. Scorpions came back again with tries from Zeke Faga-Leti and a hattrick for Rangihuna-Ruri. The final score was 42 – 6 to the South Island Scorpions.
It was the 18s turn to take the field in a much closer match-up compared to their 16s counterparts. The first few minutes of the match saw George Teo take first points for the Wellington Orcas 18s followed by a return from the South Island Scorpions 18s number two Jayton Lawrie. Jordan Chapman scored two tries, Teo scored his second to pull out into an early lead. Scorpions answered back with tries of their own from Caleb Murphy, Martino Boi, and Arlan Perez going into an even 20 – 20 half-time. Scorpions open the scoring in the second half with tries to Oliver Lawry and a second for Perez. Wellington’s Simeona Saumolia scored his first and George Teo scored his hat trick close to the end of the match. The Scorpions though too strong for the Orcas closing out the match with a try fromNgaheke Nepata. The final score 38 – 28.
On day 2, the hosts Mid Central Vipers 16s take the win over the Upper Central Stallions 16s 28 -12.
Upper Central Stallions 18s avenge the 16s team loss with a 48 – 12 win over the Mid Central Vipers 18s.
Due to the ongoing implications of the Covid-19 outbreak, New Zealand Rugby League regrets to advise that all NZRL run representative competitions and tournaments have been called off for the remainder of the year.
Community and Club competitions and trainings are still currently postponed until May 2 with that date to be reviewed in due course.
Due to the current uncertain revenue lines, these representative competitions would place too big of a financial burden on the Zones. International rugby league has also been cancelled for the foreseeable future, and NZRL has ceased all non-essential expenditure.
Greg Peters, NZRL CEO, “We are extremely disappointed that these competitions will not happen in 2020, but unfortunately, it was a decision that had to be made for the financial longevity of our game.
“Due to the extensive consequences of this pandemic across the code, we have had to make some significant short term sacrifices in order to see the game thrive long after this virus is contained.
“The impact and influence rugby league has is felt widespread both on and off the field. Although unprecedented, this decision was made fully with the longevity of our game in mind and the important role it plays within our communities.”
NZRL will provide a further update on club and community competitions in due course. Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, the focus will be on getting the grassroots game operating as quickly as possible.
17s National Youth Tournament Final
Akarana 30 Counties 26
Applying early pressure on attack must have been the game plan for Akarana who sent a strong message to their opposition from the get go.
A cross field kick from Akarana had their no.2 winger Asoleilei score in the left corner in the first few minutes, a tricky conversion scored by their half to take the score to 6-0 in the opening minutes.
The classy stepping game of Counties’ Paea Fotu had him dodge three players from Akarana on his way to the left hand corner where he levelled the scoreboard after another difficult conversion, this time from the South Aucklanders.
With increasing momentum, the boys in red were back near the try-line, a slick offload sending Counties across the line again for their second four pointer – score 10-6.
Then came another beauty cross field kick from Akarana which sat up just in time for their winger to score in a similar fashion to his first of the match, a successful conversion sending Akarana out to a 12-10 lead.
Counties replied with a try of their own under the posts minutes later regaining the lead with the scoreboard reading 16-12. That was backed up by another try shortly after as the teams headed into halftime, Counties up 22-12.
The second half started much like the first, with a bit of Akarana flare in the shape of two tries in several minutes successfully converted to put the boys in blue out in front, 24-22.
A kick chase from Akarana had spectators on the edge of their seats, catching Counties off guard slapping another six points on the scoreboard after yet another successful conversion, 30-22.
The exemplary defence of Akarana was held on their own line for almost eight minutes before Counties’ countless attempts at crossing the line were shut down.
Counties were then faced with a ‘must score’ set in the dying minutes of the game which they delivered on scoring in the right hand corner, score 30-26. One final miracle was needed if they were going to score in the final minute to overtake Akarana. But back-to-back title wins were not to be for Counties, Akarana enjoying a sweet 30-26 victory taking home the 2018 17s National Youth Tournament title.
Man of the Match – Jyris Glamuzina
Aso FRETTON AKARANA
Naufahu WHYTE AKARANA
TJ DEVERY AKARANA
Jyris GLAMUZINA AKARANA
Moala GRAHAM-TAUFA AKARANA
Tyson CHASE CENTRAL
Semisi SIKEI COUNTIES
Sione MOALA COUNTIES
Feao TONGIA COUNTIES
Paea FOTU COUNTIES
Caius FA’ATILI SOUTHERN
Griffen NEAME SOUTHERN
Okustino LUI VULCANS
Konrad TU’UA VULCANS
Sean FIELD WAI-COA-BAY
Maui WALLACE WELLINGTON
Dallas McEWAN WELLINGTON
Akarana 30 Counties 22
Southern 16 Auckland Vulcans 26
Wellington 14 Wai-Coa-Bay 25
Central 26 Northern 14
15s National Youth Tournament Final
Auckland Vulcans 16 South Island Scorpions 14
A firing Auckland Vulcans won the best start with hesitation killing the South Islanders in their first try attempt forced by the pressure of the Vulcans’ defence.
The Vulcans reaped the rewards for their majority possession drawing first blood with a four-pointer along the right side minutes later.
After a back and forth battle, the Aucklanders came up with another four points although unsuccessfully converted hitting the sheds up by 10-0 at halftime.
Back into the second 25 minute half, a line drop out kicked into touch by the Vulcans had the Scorpions in with another chance opting for a penalty goal to take the score to 10-2.
A run from Scorpions prop Jaedon Wellington had the boys in black and white cross for their first try, the scoreline taken to 10-8 after a successful conversion. It was starting to look like the Scorpions had a plan up their sleeve. The Auckland Vulcans then gave their opposition the helping hand they needed kicking the ball out on the full from the restart.
Perpetual motion saw the Scorpions tempo rise, their momentum being too much for the Vulcans who let in their second try in five minutes, 10-12 to the Scorpions. A 100 percent kicking rate from the Scorpions pushed the scoreline out to 10-14.
With seven and a half minutes on the clock, the Vulcans looked dangerous with ball in hand, capitalizing on the tired Scorpions defence scoring just left of the post locking up the scores at 14-all – the boot of Michael Taufa putting the Vulcans in front by two once again (16-14).
The Scorpions needed a miracle in their last set and a last minute try looked possible with an explosive run down the left wing from the Scorpions. But the fairytale ending wasn’t to be, the Vulcans taking home the 15s National Youth Tournament title with a 16-14 win.
Player of the Tournament – Stanley Iongi
Man of the Match – Stanley Iongi
Paaua PAPUNI-ABBOTT AKARANA
Arama KITE CENTRAL
Ali LEIATAUA COUNTIES
Kevan THOMPSON-CAMPBELL COUNTIES
Francis MANULELEUA COUNTIES
Ben PENI COUNTIES
Jaedon WELLINGTON SOUTHERN
Uriah TULI SOUTHERN
Felix FA’ATILI SOUTHERN
Jack CAMPBELL SOUTHERN
Nathaniel CAMA VULCANS
Filipo WHITEHOUSE-OPETAIA TOVIO VULCANS
Stanley IONGI VULCANS
Heneli LUANI VULCANS
Tome POONA WAI-COA-BAY
Manaia NGATAKI-MATTHEWS WAI-COA-BAY
Joshua WILLIAMS WELLINGTON
The Auckland Vulcans and South Island Scorpions have caused stunning upsets in the 15s semi-finals to both advance to tomorrow’s final. Hundreds surrounded field two as the Vulcans battled the more-fancied Stingrays, which was scoreless heading into the second half. Counties edged ahead by two thanks to a penalty goal, before a try to the Vulcans stole the lead. In the final minutes of the game, Kavan Thompson-Campbell crossed in the left corner to put the Stingrays up by two. But a never say die attitude saw the Vulcans push right to the hooter, and Vulcans half Michael Angelo Taufa scored a remarkable game winning try to the delight of the crowd.
In the other 15s semi-final, the South Island Scorpions were far too strong for the Akarana Falcons running out 22-12 winners. Midway through the second half the Scorpions lead by 16, thanks to a great platform set by forwards Jaedon Wellington, Uriah Tuli and Felix Fa’atili. They’ll look to replicate today’s form in tomorrow final, when they face the Auckland Vulcans.
In the 17s grade, Counties Manukau Stingrays were far too classy for the South Island Scorpions romping to a 44-8 victory in their semi-final. Captain Paea Fotu had a strong game for Counties, as did fullback Xavier Stevens-Teo who crossed twice for the Stingrays. In the other semi-final, Akarana Falcons outlasted rivals Auckland Vulcans securing a 22-16 win. Konrad Tu’ua put in another strong performance for the Vulcans, as did centre Naufahu Whyte for the Falcons. Akarana will look forward to yet another battle against cross-town rivals Counties Manukau Stingrays in tomorrow’s 17s final.
NZRL will be streaming both the 15s and 17s finals live on the NZRL Facebook – Full results and schedule for finals day below.
Semi-Final: Auckland Vulcans 8 (Michael Angelo Taufa, Filip Whitehouse-Opetaia Tovio) Counties Manukau Stingrays 6 (Kavan Thompson-Campbell; Francis Manuleleua 1 goal)
Semi-Final: South Island Scorpions 22 (Jaedon Wellington, Uriah Tuli, Alesana Mailei, Dean Wisdom; Matthew Logopati 3 goals) Akarana Falcons 12 (Taylor Raj, Louis Dehar-Webster, Tevita Tafea)
Playoff: Northern Swords 18 (Taonui Henry 2, Johnny Reg Boyce, Jevahn Apetera; Te Tairawhiti Heanga-Croft 1 goal) Central Vipers 0
Playoff: Wai-Coa-Bay Colts 42 (Jarvis Hemopo 2, Cassius Cowley 2, Te Awa Daniela, Mahaki Jay Hetet-Wairau, Whareporera Hare-Herbert; Tome Poona 6 goals) Wellington Orcas 4 (Natona Taula)
Day 5 Schedule:
7th & 8th playoff: Central Vipers v Wellington Orcas (10:00am)
5th & 6th playoff: Northern Swords v Wai-Coa-Bay Colts (10:00am)
3rd & 4th playoff: Counties Manukau Stingrays v Akarana Falcons (11:30am)
Final: Auckland Vulcans v South Island Scorpions (12:30pm)
Semi-Final: Counties Manukau Stingrays 44 (Sione Moala 2, Xavier Stevens-Teo 2, Soakai Taufa, Taniela Otukolo, Albert Talakai, Mathew Palu; Tyrone Waipouri 6 goals) South Island Scorpions 8 (Elijah Tuhura, Montel Lisula Peppard-Peopaati)
Semi-Final: Akarana Falcons 22 (Naufahu Whyte 2, Seeti Kuresa, TJ Devery, Asolelei Fretton; Samuel Kamu 1 goal) Auckland Vulcans 16 (Tray Lolesio 2, Konrad Tu’ua; Riaihe Jacobs 2 goals)
Playoff: Wellington Orcas 16 (Josiah Lealamisa 2, Rakkahn Chalmers-Miller; Ebenezer Rota 2 goals)
Central Vipers 14 (Joseph Gavigan, Zamaya Lilo-Maru, Tipene Reweti; Potene Rolls-Paewai 1 goal)
Playoff: Wai-Coa-Bay Colts 28 (Connor Dobbyn 2, Jay Te Kani 2, Navarone Walker, Las Filo, Tumatauenga Te Koi; Ceiza James 2 goals) Northern Swords 20 (Kiarn Reihana, Adam Pomare, Klies Kaiarake, Manny Snooks; Eroni Biukoto 2 goals)
Day 5 Schedule:
7th & 8th playoff: Central Vipers v Northern Swords (9:30am)
5th & 6th playoff: Wellington Orcas v Wai-Coa-Bay Colts (9:30am)
3rd & 4th playoff: Auckland Vulcans v South Island Scorpions (11:00am)
Final: Counties Manukau Stingrays v Akarana Falcons (2:00pm)
Semi-Finalists have been found in each grade for the 2018 NZRL Youth Nationals in Rotorua. In the 15s grade, the Counties Manukau Stingrays booked their spot after outmuscling rivals Akarana 24-8 to top Pool A. The Stingray’s forwards outmuscled the Falcons throughout the match, with Navajo Doyle and Savelio Fisiiloi standouts for them. In the other Pool A match, the Central Vipers marched to their first victory of the tournament with a strong 30-12 win over the Wellington Orcas.
South Island Scorpions 15s recorded their second win this week with a 46-4 win against the Northern Swords. Felix Fa’atili dominating the match with three tries, supported by strong performances by Jaedon Wellington and Uriah Tuli. In a must-win match, Wai-Coa-Bay 15s scraped past the Auckland Vulcans 26-18 to keep their semi-final hopes alive. Despite being on equal points with the Scorpions and Vulcans, points differential counted against Wai-Coa-Bay who eventually placed third in Pool B.
Tomorrow, Counties Manukau will face Auckland Vulcans in the first semi-final for the 15s grade, with the South Island Scorpions taking on the Akarana Falcons in the other.
In the 17s grade, Counties Manukau recorded their third win with a 36-22 victory over Wai-Coa-Bay. The Stingrays top Pool C, with Auckland taking the other spot in the semi-finals after defeating Wellington 30-14. Konrad Tu’ua performed strongly for the Aucklanders, who will be looking ahead to facing the Akarana Falcons tomorrow in the semi-finals.
The Falcons won their match today against the Scorpions 24-16 to take top spot in Pool D. The Northern Swords recording a surprise 28-20 victory against the Central Vipers. Manaia Tuhoro recording a hat-trick for the Swords, who will move on to face Wai-Coa-Bay 17s tomorrow. For a full schedule of both tomorrow’s schedule, and today’s results see below:
Day Four Schedule:
Counties Manukau Stingrays v Auckland Vulcans (1:00pm)
Akarana Falcons v South Island Scorpions (1:30pm)
15s Playoffs (5th-8th)
Central Vipers v Northern Swords (11:30am)
Wai-Coa-Bay Colts v Wellington Orcas (11:30am)
Counties Manukau Stingrays v South Island Scorpions (12:30pm)
Akarana Falcons v Auckland Vulcans (12:30pm)
17s Playoffs (5th-8th)
Wellington Orcas v Central Vipers (11:00am)
Northern Swords v Wai-Coa-Bay Colts (11:00am)
Day Three Results and Standings
Wai-Coa-Bay Colts 26 (Te Awa Daniela, Image Tepania, Manaia Ngataki-Matthews, Joseph O’Leary; Tome Poona 5 goals) Auckland Vulcans 18 (Stanley Iongi 2, Nathaniel Cama; Michale Angelo Taufa 2 goals, Tremein Campbell 1 goal)
South Island Scorpions 46 (Felix Fa’atili 3, Uriah Tuli, Tom Campbell, Jaedon Wellington, Riupena Fielele, Arlan Perez, Tane Ward; Matthew Logopati 3 goals, Riley Pascoe 2 goals) Northern Swords 4 (Jason Te Tai)
Counties-Manukau Stingrays 24 (Cody Stephenson 2, Joe Saina, Navajo Doyle, D’jazirhae Pua’avase; Francis Manululeua 2 goals) Akarana Falcons 8 (Naisa Pahulu, Deine Mariner)
Central Vipers 30 (Kodie Albert-Papuni, Tawhiwhi Karaitiana, Arama Kite, Takarangi Metekingi, Tuatele Tuisafia; Tawhiwhi Karaitiana 3 goals) Wellington Orcas 12 (Joshua Williams 2, Poto Akavi 2 goals)
Pool A Standings: Counties Manukau 6, Akarana 4, Central 2, Wellington 0
Pool B Standings: South Island 4, Auckland Vulcans 4, Wai-Coa-Bay 4, Northern 0
Counties Manukau Stingrays 36 (William Fakatoumafi 2, Sione Moala 2, So’olefai Ah Kiong, Albert Talakai, Brandon Puru; Sione Moala 3 goals) Wai-Coa-Bay Colts 22 (Sean Field, Las Filo, Connor Dobbyn; Ceiza James 3 goals)
Auckland Vulcans 30 (Konrad Tu’ua 2, David Kalekale, Junior Moli, Charles Laumape, Tristan Tualagi; Riaihe Jacobs 3 goals) Wellington Orcas 14 (Dallas McEwan, Maui Wallace, Evander Tere-Rongotaua; Ebenzer Rota 1 goal)
Akarana Falcons 24 (Naufahu Whyte, Moala Graham-Taufa, Jeremiah Schuster, Asolelei Fretton; Samuel Kamu 2 goals) South Island Scorpions 16 (Griffin Neame, Peneli Peneli, Leo Petelo; Quentin Nahona-Brown 2 goals)
Northern Swords 28 (Manaia Tuhoro 3, Rai Samson 2, Rikki Shelford; Eroni Biukoto 2 goals) Central Vipers 20 (Te Rangi Williams, Hiraka Wanakore, Zamaya Lilo-Maru, Sheriff Fetu; Potene Rolls-Paewai 2 goals)
Pool C Standings: Counties Manukau 6, Auckland Vulcans 4, Wellington 2, Wai-Coa-Bay 0
Pool D Standings: Akarana 6, South Island 4, Northern 2, Central 0
Akarana centre Naufahu Whyte proved why he’s one of the most talked about players at this tournament, after scoring five tries for the Falcons in their 30-18 win against the Central Vipers. Despite taking an early lead, the Falcons were made to work hard for the victory, with the Mid Central boys refusing to back down in the contest. The Falcons will carry their unbeaten record into day three, where they will face the South Island Scorpions for the top spot in Pool D. Griffin Neame and Caius Fa’atili helped power the Scorpions to an impressive 56-10 victory over the Northern Swords today.
Counties Manukau Stingrays 17s emerged victorious 26-16 in their battle with Auckland Vulcans. The scores remained locked at 16 all for the majority of the second half, until the Stingrays crossed twice in the closing stages to put the game out of reach. Tyrone Waipouri and Sione Moala leading the charge for the Stingrays to put them atop of Pool C. Similarly, today’s match between Wai-Coa-Bay and Wellington also went down to the wire, with the Orcas snatching a late 18-16 victory. The win has kept alive the Orcas semi-finals chances, and they’ll take on the Auckland Vulcans for the spot tomorrow morning.
In the 15s grade, Counties Manukau put the Wellington Orcas to the sword with a mammoth 46-0 victory. Navajo Doyle scored a hat-trick for the Stingrays, who are yet to concede any points after two days of competition. The Akarana Falcons 15s held on for a tight 14-6 win over the Central Vipers to also remain unbeaten. The Falcons and the Stingrays will face off tomorrow to decide who takes the top spot in Pool A.
The Auckland Vulcans 15s survived a bruising encounter with the South Island Scorpions to win their second match 18-4. Stanley Iongi a standout for the Vulcans from dummy-half, and South Island halfback Nikau Waikato directed the Scorpions well despite the loss. The Vulcans will now face a resurgent Wai-Coa-Bay 15s side tomorrow, who bounced back from yesterday’s loss to post a confidence-boosting 40-10 win over the Northern Swords. Tomorrow sees the final matches of pool play before semi-finals commence on Thursday. Full results and standings for the 2018 NZRL Youth Nationals posted below:
Akarana Falcons 14 (Wetini Walker-Takai, Essendon Tuitupou, Pita Wilson; Naisa Pahulu 1 goal) Central Vipers 6 (Kodie Albert-Papuni; Tawhiwhi Karaitiana 1 goal)
Counties-Manukau Stingrays 46 (Navajo Doyle 3, Carlos Tarawhiti, Ali Leiataua, Nui-Alinghi Peni, Kavan Thompson-Campbell, Savelio Fisiiloi, Albert Finau, D’jazirhae Pua’avase; Navajo Doyle 2 goals) Wellington 0
Auckland Vulcans 18 (Stanley Iongi 2, Tremein Campbell; Tremein Campbell 3 goals) South Island Scorpions 4 (Nikau Waikato)
Wai-Coa-Bay Colts 40 (Tahiwaru Puru, Te Whatiki Childs-Katene, Jarvis Hemopo, Image Tepania, Cassius Cowley, Te Wano Ngamotu-Tahana, Joseph O’Leary; Tome Poona 6 goals) Northern Swords 10 (Kaharau Atutolu 2; Jason Te Tai 1 goal)
Pool A Standings: Counties Manukau 4, Akarana 4, Central 0, Wellington 0
Pool B Standings: Auckland Vulcan 4, Wai-Coa-Bay 2, South Island 2, Northern 0
Akarana Falcons 30 (Naufahu Whyte 5 tries, Moala Graham-Taufa, Jeremiah Schuster; Samuel Kamu 1 goal) Central Vipers 18 (William Mitford, Kayin Katene, Arama Miller, Zamaya Lilo-Maru; Potene Rolls-Paewai 1 goal)
South Island Scorpions 56 (Griffin Neame 2, Caius Fa’atili 2, Levi Pascoe, Thomas McKenzie, Montel Lisula Peppard-Peopaati, Quentin Nahona-Brown, Kyle Amer, Jordan Aldridge; Caius Fa’atili 3 goals, Quentin Nahona-Brown 5 goals) Northern Swords 10 (Charme Henry-Turner, Eruera Shelford; Charme Henry-Turner 1 goal)
Counties Manukau Stingrays 26 (Kina Kepu 2, Taniela Otukolo, Sione Moala; Tyrone Waipouri 3 goals) Auckland Vulcans 16 (Tristan Tuilagi, Charles Laumape, Konrad Tu’ua, William Tutai; Tuinamo Tepulolo 2 goals)
Wellington Orcas 18 (Maui Wallace, Nathan Stirling, Ioritana Tusa, Dallas McEwan; Nathan Stirling 1 goal) Wai-Coa-Bay Colts 16 (Jay Te Kani, Jack Henry, Connor Dobbyn; Ceiza James 2 goals)
Pool C Standings: Counties Manukau 4, Auckland Vulcans 2, Wellington 2, Wai-Coa-Bay 0
Pool D Standings: South Island 4, Akarana 4, Central 0, Northern 0
The Akarana Falcons 15s have begun their national title defence strongly with a commanding 60-4 victory over the Wellington Orcas today. Taylor Raj and Naisa Pahulu scoring two tries each in the one-sided result. They’ll be keeping a close eye on their Pool A rivals Counties Manukau, who ran up an impressive 46-0 victory over the Central Vipers.
In Pool B, The Auckland Vulcans were too good for the Northern Swords winning 40-12, with the South Island Scorpions outplaying Wai-Coa-Bay 30-18. Uriah Tuli scored a double for the Scorpions, who face the Vulcans at midday tomorrow. Wai-Coa-Bay and Northland will both be seeking their first win against each other in the other Pool B match on Tuesday.
In the 17s grade, 2017 champions Counties Manukau came from behind to beat Wellington 26-14. NZ 16s representative players Sione Moala and Taniela Otukolo were standouts for the Stingrays, with Orcas halfback Dallas McEwan performing admirably despite the final result. The Akarana 17s started their campaign well with a 46-0 victory over the Northern Swords; centres Naufahu Whyte and Samuel Kamu both crossing the line for the Falcons.
The South Island Scorpions marched to an important 28-20 victory over the Central Vipers. Griffin Neame and Caius Fa’atili standouts for the southerners, who survived a late charge lead by Tyson Chase and Tyrese Ratahi. The Auckland Vulcans were too good for Wai-Coa-Bay, running out 26-12 victors. Despite being behind at half-time, the Vulcans managed to get around the outside of the local side, with backs Okusitino Lui and L’ia Julius Lafaele bagging doubles for the Aucklanders.
The Vulcans head into a blockbuster match tomorrow with Counties-Manukau Stingrays; with Wai-Coa-Bay facing Wellington in the other match in Pool C. In Pool D, Akarana Falcons take on the Central Vipers, and South Island Scorpions playing the Northern Swords.
Results Monday 1 October:
Counties Manukau Stingrays 26 (Soakai Taufa, Taniela Otukolo, Feao Tongia, Albert Talakai, Tyrone Waipouri; Sione Moala 3 goals) Wellington Orcas 14 (Blaine Betham-Ta’ape, Maui Wallace; Stanley Fiso 3 goals)
Auckland Vulcans 26 (Okusitino Lui 2, L’ia Julius Lafaele 2, Ativalu Lisati; Konrad Tu’ua 4 goals) Wai-Coa-Bay Colts 12 (Sean Field, Ben Fosita; Ceiza James 2 goals)
Akarana Falcons 46 (Naufahu Whyte 2, Seeti Kuresa, Samuel Kamu, Lani Graham-Taufa, TJ Devery, Timothy Vogel, Totive Junior Tuilesu; Samuel Kamu 3 goals, Seeti Kuresa 1 goal, TJ Devery 1 goal) Northern Swords 0
South Island Scorpions 28 (Griffin Neame 2, Sincere Harraway, Leo Petelo, Caius Fa’atili, Jordan Aldridge; Caius Fa’atili 2 goals) Central Vipers 20 (Zamayo Lilo-Mariu, Potene Rolls-Paewai, Hiraka Wanakore, Tyson Chase; Tyrese Ratahi 1 goal, Potene Rolls-Paewai 1 goal)
Akarana Falcons 60 (Taylor Raj 2, Naisa Pahulu 2, Ethan Moughan, Tony Tafa, Benaiah Ioelu, Geneva Tuitupou, Louis Dehar-Webster, Deine Mariner; Sebastyan Jack 4 goals, Keano Kini 4 goals) Wellington Orcas 4 (Joshua Williams)
Counties-Manukau Stingrays 46 (Kavan Thompson-Campbell 2, Carlos Tarawhiti 2, Brayden Easthope-Seu 2; Nui-Alinghi Peni, Ali Leiataua, Nathaniel Skelton; Francis Manuleleua 5 goals) Central Vipers 0
Auckland Vulcans 40 (Nathaniel Cama, Filipo Whitehouse-Opetaia Tovio, Charlie Leaumoana, Michael Angelo Taufa, Stanley Iongi, Heneli Luani, Sione Vaihu, Sioeli Fa’anunu; Tremein Campbell 4 goals) Northern Swords 12 (Jarvaiyas Mangu, Robin Herbert, Haiapai Leef)
South Island Scorpions 30 (Uriah Tuli 2, Unalato Uasi, Ethan Faitaua, Jaedon Wellington; Matthew Logopati 4 goals, Riley Pascoe 1 goal) Wai-Coa-Bay Colts 18 (Manaia Ngataki-Matthews 2, Te Whatiki Childs-Katene; Tome Poona 3 goals)
Last year’s 17s National Youth Tournament winners the Counties Manukau Stingrays and 15s National Youth Tournament winners the Akarana Falcons who beat the Auckland Vulcans in a Golden Point thriller, will take on the Wellington Orcas in their respective age groups (15s & 17s) in the opening matches of the 2018 National Youth Tournament on Monday, October 1 at Puketawhero Park in Rotorua.
Both Auckland-based Zones have dominated the age-group event over the years and again held the upper hand last year, in both the 15s and 17s competitions.
Teams from Wellington, Auckland, Mid-Central, Upper Central, South Island and Northern Zones will compete for the 2018 15s and 17s National Youth Tournament titles, October 1-5 at Puketawhero Park, Rotorua.
Both finals (15s and 17s) will be livestreamed on the @NZLeague Facebook page.
Click here for to view the draw.
National Youth Tournament – 15s & 17s
National Youth Tournament Final – 17s
Counties Manukau Stingrays v Akarana Falcons
2.30pm Friday 6 October
Counties Manukau Stingrays have ended the Akarana Falcons three year reign as 17s National Youth Tournament winners.
Counties Manukau 26 (Penehuro Richard Toai, Paea Fotu, Tyrin Ona-Murphy, Daylee Dutton, Tevita Mikaele, Etuale Lui-Toeava tries; Tevita Mikaele 4 goals ) Akarana Falcons 18 (Caleb Pese, Matagi-Blade Kamulemu tries; Regan McClennan 2 goals)
17s National Youth Tournament Merit Team:
17s National Youth Tournament Awards:
17s Manager of Tournament: Junie Shelford – Northern Swords
17s Trainer of Tournament: John Taula – Central Vipers
17s Coach of Tournament: Tusa Lefale – Counties Manukau Stingrays
17s Fairplay Team of the Tournament: Northern Swords
17s Player of the Tournament: Semisi Tapa – Auckland Vulcans
National Youth Tournament Final – 15s
Akarana Falcons v Auckland Vulcans
12.30pm Friday 6 October
Akarana Falcons may be the top team from the Akarana zone but the Auckland Vulcans development team weren’t afraid to step up to the mark. It wasn’t till golden point extra time when the Falcons scored a victorious try that had them crowned the 15s National Youth Tournament winners.
Auckland Vulcans 8 (Dominic Elliot tries; Sefa Roache goals; Sefa Roache penalty goal) Akarana Falcons 10 (Sione Tapuosi 2 tries; T.J. Devery penalty goal)
15s National Youth Tournament Awards:
15s Manager of Tournament: Dan Pinn – Akarana
15s Trainer of Tournament: John Hansen – Akarana
15s Coach of Tournament: Daniel McEwen – Wellington
15s Fairplay Team of the Tournament: Northern Swords
15s Player of the Tournament: Benjamin Kosi – Auckland Vulcans
15s Merit Team: