8 November 2020
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
The inaugural U18s New Zealand Club vs Schools kicked off at Mt Smart Stadium in what was an inspired and hotly contested matchup.
Coming out of the gates strongly, initial pressure from the clubs’ side saw captain Sam McIntyre break the deadlock. Clubs were unable to convert to leave the score at 4-0 after six minutes.
A mistake off the kick-off allowed a set on the Clubs’ line and the Schools team did not fail to level. Tome Poona executing a pin point cross field kick for Matua Robinson to leap and score. Poona converted to give the Schools a two point lead.
The Clubs team regained the lead in the 17th minute, this time taking advantage of a Schools’ mistake, number four Daeon Amituanai crashed over the line to make it 8-6. Half Sebastyan Jack again unable to add the extras.
Two minutes later, the Clubs left edge centre bulldozed his way over the line. Salesi Ataata capping off a great set of brilliance by the Clubs side. Jack again unable to convert as the score stayed at 12 points to six.
A barnstorming effort from Elam Payne set up Daeon Amituanai for his second, as the Clubs team further their advantage 18-6.
Schools hit back after receiving two penalties, a right side shift saw Eric Vaafusuaga grab his first of the afternoon to close the gap. Poona kicked wide to leave the score at 18-10 with 10 remaining in the half.
A sneaky kick in behind from hooker Jarney Proctor-Harwood was enough to gift his captain a second try of the half, McIntyre latching on to make it 22-10 for the Clubs outfit.
On the stroke of half time Austin Anderson grabbed his first try from dummy-half, Poona was unable add the conversion as Clubs took a 24-14 lead into the sheds.
Eric Vaafusuaga scored his second try of the afternoon to kick off the second forty, crashing over after a sharp set move by the Schools. Poona was unable to convert as the Clubs lead was reduced back to six,
Daeon Amituanai completed his hat trick, as he crashed over from dummy-half in the 54th minute. Sebstyan Jack converted from the right touchline to take the Clubs to a 30-18 buffer.
A grubber rebounded back into the clutches of Austin Anderson saw the Schools keep the pressure on the Clubs side, with Poona unable to convert as the score remained 30-22 with a quarter left to play.
Trading scores, the Club side hit back when five eight Josiah Karapani crashed over after a brilliant show of footwork. TJ Devery took over the kicking duties for the injured Sebastyan Jack but was unable to convert his first attempt. Clubs go up 34-22 with just over 15 minutes to play.
Clubs held on a late flurry from the Schools side to capture victory in the first-ever U18s Clubs vs Schools clash. Final Score Clubs 34 – Schools 22.
Thursday 3 October 2019
International Stadium, Rotorua
NZ Resident 18s had a spectacular 2019 season with two back to back wins
against France U19s and TOA Samoa 18s. The undefeated 18s campaign was an impressive
display of what is to come of the next era of Kiwi talent.
The 18s travelled to
Rotorua International Stadium to take on an eager France U19s squad who were
coming off two wins against Waikato and Canterbury as part of their inaugural
tour of New Zealand.
A passionate rendition of
Te Iwi Kiwi from the New Zealand Resident 18s set the bar for what would be a
tough battle between two high-quality sides.
The Kiwis found their
dominance early on scoring back to back tries as the NZ 18s capitalised on
impressive attacking momentum. The Residents attack proved too much for France
with six tries to one during the first half.
The NZ18s opened the
scoring in the second half with tries to Feao Tongia and Caleb Pese to make it
44 – 4. However, any inkling this would be a one-sided 80 minutes was quickly
put to bed as France mounted an impressive comeback scoring 22 unanswered
points in the second half.
Unfortunately for France,
the comeback was too late as the Resident 18s came away with the 44 – 26
TRIES: Caius Fa’atili (2), Tukimihia Simpkins, Jordan Coleman, Taniela Otukolo, Semisi Tapa, Feao Tongia and Caleb Pese. Conversions: Caius Fa’atili (2) and Jordan Coleman (4).
Sunday 6 October 2019
Pulman Park, Auckland
Fresh off the back of their
win against France, the New Zealand Resident 18s then took on TOA Samoa 18s at
Auckland’s Pulman Park as the Kiwis aimed to finish their campaign undefeated.
Both teams came out firing
with momentum throughout the half switching evenly between the two sides. The
Kiwis were first to score yet Samoa took the lead with consecutive tries
towards the back end of the half making it 18-8 at the break.
The NZ18s had no choice but
to come out firing if they were to remain in the game, and that they did. The
NZ forward pack proved hard to handle continuously breaking the Samoan defensive
line which saw the Kiwis skilfully capitalise on possession over the remaining
40. Feao Tongia crossed for the Kiwis eighth, and final try making it 36 – 18
at full time.
An impressive second-half
performance by the NZ18s concluded an entertaining day of rugby league at
Auckland’s Pulman Park and a successful NZ Resident 18s campaign for 2019.
TRIES: Semisi Sikei (2), Taniela Otukolo, Vaka Sikahele, Otukinekina Kepu, Jordan Coleman, William Fakatoumaf and Feao Tongia. Conversions: Brooklyn Herewini and Sione Moala.
Thursday 12 July 2018
Puketawhero Park, Rotorua
Akarana: Isaiah Vagana, Aiden Aue, Caleb Pese,
Deighton Ieriko, Emmanuel Tuimavavae Gerrard, Kayal Iro, Tyler Slade, Temple
Kalepo; Counties: Antonio Aufai, Antonio Poua, Christian Tuipulotu,
Junior Pua, Potusa Fuilala, Semisi Tapa, Tevita Mikaele; Mid Central:
Brooklyn Herewini; Northland: Paul Turner; South Island: Patrick Elia;
Upper Central Zone: Tukimihia Simpkins
TRIES: (Christian Tuipulotu, Emmanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard,
Paul Turner – 2, Temple Kalepo tries; Emmanuel Tuimavave-Gerrard – 2 goals).
23 September 2017
New Zealand Resident 18s team:
Upper Central: Hayze Perham, Sheldon Rogers; Akarana: Mikey Williams, Matt Timoko, Emanuel Gerard Tuimavave,
Soane Hufanga, Lewis Sio, Javvier Pitovao, Tyler Slade, Kayal Iro; Mid Central: Awatere Kiwara, Wesley Veikoso;
Counties Manukau: Dylan Tavita, Dredin Sorenson-McGee; Southern: Seth Tauamiti, Jordan Riki, Daniel Sakisi;
Northland: Paul Turner
Head Coach: Moehewa Armstrong, Assistant coach: Alan Ettles, Manager: Ben Vaipaata,
Brisbane Broncos: Dre Ngatui-Woe; Cronulla Sharks: Fine Kula; Gold Coast Titans: Darius Farmer, Jackson Paulo;
Manly Sea Eagles: Zaane Weatherall, Mark Tepu-Smith; North Queensland Cowboys: Peter Hola, Sean Mullany;
Parramatta Eels: Joseph Taipari, Vallance Harris; South Sydney Rabbitohs: Mawene Hiroti; St. George Illawarra
Dragons: Steven Marsters; Melbourne Storm: Kelma Tuilagi, Kea Pere; Sydney Roosters: Baylee Bentley-Hape,
Phillip Makatoa; Canberra Raiders: Ranapiri Baker, Aublix Kaharoa-Tawha
Head Coach: Rangi Hiroti; Assistant Coach: Tim McIntyre; Manager: Antony Bosley
26 September 2017
Puketawhero Park, Rotorua
New Zealand 18s Select:
Upper Central: Sheldon Rogers; Akarana: Mikey Williams, Emanuel Gerard Tuimavave, Lewis Sio, Javvier Pitovao,
Kayal Iro; Mid Central: Awatere Kiwara, Wesley Veikoso; Counties Manukau: Dredin Sorenson-McGee;
Southern: Seth Tauamiti, Daniel Sakisi; Brisbane Broncos: Dre Ngatui-Woe; Manly Sea Eagles: Zaane Weatherall,
Mark Tepu-Smith; South Sydney Rabbitohs: Kea Pere; Sydney Roosters: Baylee Bentley-Hape; Canberra Raiders:
Ranapiri Baker, Aublix Kaharoa-Tawha
30 September 2017
Trust Arena, Auckland
New Zealand 18s:
Upper Central: Hayze Perham; Akarana: Matt Timoko, Tyler Slade, Soane Hufanga; Northland: Paul Turner;
Southern: Jordan Riki; Counties Manukau: Dylan Tavita; St George Illawarra Dragons: Steven Marsters;
Gold Coast Titans: Jackson Paulo, Darius Farmer; South Sydney Rabbitohs: Mawene Hiroti; Parramatta Eels:
Joseph Taipari, Vallance Harris; Cronulla Sharks: Fine Kula; North Queensland Cowboys: Peter Hola, Sean Mullany;
Melbourne Storm: Kelma Tuilagi; Sydney Roosters: Phillip Makatoa
27 September 2015
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
1 October 2015
BMD Kougari Oval, Wynnum
TEAM: Tarquinn Alatipi (Wellington), Whitiroa Davis (Akarana), Keanu Dawson (Upper Central), Josh Farrant (Akarana), Rory Ferguson (Southern), Jackson Ferris (Mid Central), Bostyn Hakaraia (Akarana), Morgan Harper (Upper Central), Phoenix Hunt (Counties Manukau), Kenese Kenese (Counties Manukau), Dean Kouka- Smith (Akarana), Rory Marshall-Barton (Counties Manukau), Tyrone Nathan (Counties Manukau), Fabian Paletua-Kiri (Mid-Central), Isaiah Papalii (Akarana), David Phillips (Counties Manukau), Chris Sio (Akarana), Lewis Soosemea (Counties Manukau), Auzzie Tuwhangai (Akarana)