Short Passes 14 October (lunch edition)

Short Passes 14 October (lunch edition)

14/10/2019

Pepesana Patafilo in action for the Lions on Saturday. Short Passes thinks that he could be in a Super Rugby squad and not in Tawa’s next year. PHOTO: Hugh Pretorius. A big weekend of rugby to look forward to this coming Saturday. There are three sevens tournaments – details, teams and draws to be published

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Lions and Pride make semi-finals

Lions and Pride make semi-finals

11/10/2019

The Wellington Lions and the Wellington Pride are both into the semi-finals of this year’s National Provincial Championship. The Lions had already qualified for the Premiership semi-finals ahead of Saturday night’s fixture with Waikato, sealing a home semi-final with a 39-21 win. They won the game with a three-try burst in the middle stages to

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Twenty years since Athletic Park closed

Twenty years since Athletic Park closed

10/10/2019

Thirty thousand patrons entered Athletic Park for the final time 20 years ago today, 10 October 1999, to watch the Wellington Lions play Otago in round nine of the National Provincial Championship. Athletic Park had been the home of all rugby in Wellington for 97 years. The Lions were also having their best season for

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Ranfurly Shield still a prized possession

Ranfurly Shield still a prized possession

07/10/2019

Canterbury took the Ranfurly Shield off Otago on Saturday. This is unconfirmed (the source online is Wikipedia) but this was Canterbury’s 17th successful Ranfurly Shield challenge, eclipsing Auckland’s 16 tenures that they shared the record with previously. Waikato are next with 13 wins and Wellington fourth with 10. This got us to thinking about the

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Short Passes 14 October (lunch edition)

Short Passes 14 October (lunch edition)

14/10/2019

Pepesana Patafilo in action for the Lions on Saturday. Short Passes thinks that he could be in a Super Rugby squad and not in Tawa’s next year. PHOTO: Hugh Pretorius. A big weekend of rugby to look forward to this coming Saturday. There are three sevens tournaments – details, teams and draws to be published

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Short Passes 7 October

Short Passes 7 October

07/10/2019

+++++ Job done and a perfect representative season for the Wellington Maori side. A late change to proceedings saw them only needing to play once in Saturday’s Te Tini A Maui tournament, taking on Hawke’s Bay Maori for the trophy. A 22-15 win to Te Upoko saw the Hikaia Amohia Trophy put back on the

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