Scots College (Open Boys) and St Mary’s College (Open Girls) are the 2019 Wellington Condor 7s champions.
Scots College defended the Christian Cullen Cup with a 31-7 win over St Pat’s Town in their final and St Mary’s College retained the Kat Simpkins Cup with a 26-10 win over Queen Margaret College.
All four finalists are heading to the National Condors in Auckland in early December.
Scots College 2 won the Boys Bowl final, beating Taita College 29-22 in their decider.
Scots College also won the Boys U15 tournament, beating St Pat’s Town 26-17 in their final.
The Boys U15 final saw Scots take a 12-5 halftime lead and then pull clear early in the second half. Town hit back to keep it close but a try to Ietitaia Campbell put the game out of reach of Town’s junior side.
St Mary’s raced to a match-winning 19-0 lead over QMC in the Girls final. Temalesi Rayasi and Waimarie Weston struck early, before a third try from a 5-metre scrum followed. Te Araroa Sopoaga scored for QMC before the break, but St Mary’s had the final in the bag when Drenna Falaniko crossed early after the turnaround.
Like St Mary’s, Scots raced to a winning lead by halftime with three unanswered tries in the Open Boys Final. Oryaan Kalolo, Roderick Solo and Muri Stewart poured through to score to put them up 21-0. St Pat’s scored just before halftime, but like St Mary’s before them, Scots pulled clear in the second half to win convincingly. Roderick Solo helped set up and scored the last of their two tries.
Despite the absence of both Wellington College and St Pat’s Silverstream from the Open Boys draw, the competition was strong throughout the morning. Scots College, St Pat’s Town and Aotea College were the three unbeaten teams that topped the their pools. Finalists Town (129 points for and 17 against) and Scots (126 for and 26 against) were particularly dominant.
The two Open Boys semi-finals saw Scots College play Rongotai College and St Pat’s Town and Aotea College meeting in mostly one-sided matches.
In the first semi-final, Scots College beat Rongotai College 28-0, scoring two tries in each half and Solo scoring a double.
In the second semi-final, St Pat’s Town beat Aotea College 28-10. After an early yellow card, Town moved ahead 7-0 with a try to Sagele Aukusitino. Aotea hit back with a 60-metre strike by Ropati So’oalo, before Fereti Brown scored to put Town up 14-5 at the break. Town sealed their semi-final win early in the second half with a fourth try to Aukusitino.
The feature match of girls pool play was QMC’s Paris Lokotui scoring a runaway try to give her side a 10-7 win over St Mary’s. Wainuiomata High School and Wellington East Girls’ College were the two teams that missed the top 4 semi-finals.
The two girls Cup semi-finals were see-saw affairs, with Queen Margaret College and St Mary’s 1 progressing in tight encounters.
QMC won the first semi-final 24-12, but trailed two tries to one at halftime. Tries to Naomi Sopoaga and Paris Lokotui put them up 17-12, before needing big defence to hold off St Mary’s 2. A runaway match-winning try to Te Araroa Sopoaga put them in the final.
The second semi-final was a thriller, with St Mary’s College 1 needing to score two late converted tries to beat Sacred Heart College 24-20.
Sacred Heart had gone up three tries to one by halftime and when Hosanna Aumua barged over early in the second they had their tails up, with playmaker Keira Smith influential. St Mary’s threw caution to the wind and came back to trail 17-20 with moments to play, before another breakout and winning try at the end.