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Short Passes 24 June

24/06/2019

Above: Action from the HOBM-Poneke Jubilee Cup match on Saturday. More photos and video of this game on social media channels.  A terrific weekend of rugby around Wellington just gone, setting up an enthralling final three weeks of round-robin Jubilee Cup and Hardham Cup. View the Results & Standings HERE There are several school matches

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Aisle be Back: Hurricanes v Bulls (quarterfinal)

20/06/2019

By Kevin McCarthy It would be a cruel heart which was not sorry for the South African cricketers this week, who having dug themselves into a hole, then proceed to keep looking in the bottom of it for a way out. I personally was sorry for them. But then after about 10 seconds, I thought,

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This week in history: 10-16 June

12/06/2019

In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below. 10 June 1961: Petone snaps a four-year first round losing streak to Onslow, beating them 9-3 and retaining their three-point lead at the top of the table after seven rounds. Petone maintain their

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Short Passes 10 June

10/06/2019

Above – Scott Waldom scored two tries on Saturday, you can’t teach an old wolf new tricks. A bumper weekend of rugby just gone, and it gets better. Confirmed school rugby this Wednesday at St Pat’s Silverstream and Porirua Park. The Silverstream First XV hosts Christchurch’s St Bede’s College at 11.00am at Silverstream No. 1.

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Short Passes 3 June (Queen’s Birthday Monday)

03/06/2019

UPDATE: In Monday’s rugby, the Manawatu XV beaten the Wellington XV 47-40 in their match in perfect conditions at the Levin Domain. Wellington had the better of the first half, and were 26-7 at one stage. Manawatu counterattacked and scored some long-range tries to close the score to 33-21 at halftime. Both sides made some

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Short Passes – 27 May

27/05/2019

  UPDATE: The second round draws are out and are on the WRFU draws & results website HERE  How close were matters being different on Saturday afternoon? If MSP had denied Ories a bonus point at the Polo Ground, then it would have been the Magpies headed to the Hardham Cup. Similarly if Poneke didn’t

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Short Passes – 20 May

20/05/2019

Above: Like a rare bird sighting, Johnsonville tries have been few and far between this season so far. Here Hawks right wing Rohan Rawlings dives through to score on Saturday against the Upper Hutt Rams. The Rams won 34-17. PHOTO: Peter McDonald.  A massive Saturday coming up in the Swindale Shield. While Hutt Old Boys

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Short Passes -13 May

13/05/2019

        There are two rounds to play in the Premier Swindale Shield competition. Will Hutt Old Boys Marist win the first round competition? Can Oriental-Rongotai regroup from their heavy loss to Wainuiomata on Saturday to beat the Eagles this coming Saturday? Who make and miss out on the ‘top 7’? Follow the

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Short Passes – 6 May

06/05/2019

  Welcome to a new week in rugby. A short breather then it is all again! With three rounds to play in the Swindale Shield, leaders and unbeaten Hutt Old Boys Marist have a 17-point buffer to eighth placed Tawa. This means that the Eagles are the first team to officially qualify for the second

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This week in club rugby history: 29 April – 5 May

30/04/2019

In association with the Bond Street Sports Bar on Bond Street in Wellington, some highlights from this week in Wellington club rugby history are below. 29 April 1983: Poneke beat MSP 22-21 with captain Grant Griffith potting a last moment 40-metre dropped goal for victory. MSP had led 21-0 after just 15 minutes, but Poneke have

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