8/6/2000 - More First Round Winners for the Club.
Hot on the heels of the first round wins by the L's, K's and Colts in their
respective grades, is news that the Varsity C-Men have won the first round
of the Senior 3 comp and that the Varsity Baa Baa's have won the first round
of the Senior 4 comp.
In the women's grade the Maidens were beaten by Bush, which placed them 3rd
for the first round women's grade. If they had of beaten Bush they also
would have won the first round.
In Senior 2 the Rams are heading the table after beating previously unbeaten
Rangitane (A Dannevirke based side) with 33 points with about 5 games to go.
Finally in Senior One, the Varsity A's need to win this weekend over COB and
better yet take a bonus point as well to ensure that they are in the Top 6
teams which compete for the Hankins Shield.
Welcome to the All Blacks
The NZRFU Institute of Rugby (The Rugby Institute is located out by Fields
5, 6, and 7) being based on the extensive Massey University Campus sees this
week the All Blacks in training for the upcoming Tongan and Scotland tests.
The many trainings/practices of the AB's allows many of the Varsity Boys to
go along and watch New Zealand's best practicing. This weekend should see
the All Blacks turn out to Club games around the Manawatu, and we are hoping
that the AB's who have had Varsity backgrounds turn out to watch Varsity
It's a good touch by the AB management to allow this to happen. After all
the soul of Rugby is at this level and not at the International level.
Now it's the turn of another Coach
Due to the number of Varsity A backs unable to play due to rep commitments
on Queens Birthday weekend. Varsity A coach Andrew 'Biggles' McMaster, don
the Varsity playing strip for the first time in over ten years to take the
field in the final 10 minutes of the A's game against Feilding.
Biggles, slotted into first five, and almost covered himself with glory,
except for the penalty he gave away, and being marched 10 metres by the ref
as well (What did you say exactly there Biggles? - can't have been about the
weather - which was ratshit).
Thankfully this weekend, will see all rep players back on duty for Varsity
A, so I think it would be safe that Varsity A Manager Richard 'Dog' Lawrence
shouldn't get a run.
Varsity Players do well for Manawatu.
The Annual Queens Birthday weekend clash between Manawatu and Wellington had
6 Varsity A players turn out for Manawatu. They were Cameron Drake, James
Truman, Nigel Keegan, Michael Pettman, and Blair Robinson.
From an account of the game all players contributed massively to the
Manawatu effort in the loss to Wellington 35 - 20. In the dispatches special
mention was made of James Truman's defence and his drop-goal (That's a new
trick Boof), and the tireless work of flanker Blair Robinson. Nigel Keegan
did well with his kicking boot, scoring 2 conversions and a dropgoal.
The Varsity Boys in the Manawatu Squad will get the chance on Sunday to take
on the AB's out at the Linton Army Camp at a game scheduled for around 2pm.
I'm sure that this will be a highlight to remember for the boys.
Manawatu Club Senior One Round Up
EVEN with just one weekend remaining in club rugby's Jubilee Cup round, only
three teams are secure in the top six.
They are runaway leader Te Kawau which has taken the maximum five points
from eight of it's nine games, High School Old Boys which had the bye on
Saturday and the emergent Feilding.
The only two sides out of the hunt are Kia Toa, whose quest expired at
Kimbolton on Saturday, and Freyberg.
Even fourth-placed Linton Army could still dip out should it not collect at
least a bonus point from Te Kawau at the army camp next Saturday.
Varsity and Marist are equal sixth but living dangerously.
Feilding zipped up to third after beating Varsity, leaving the students in
peril and having to beat the tenacious College Old Boys. COB is third from
bottom but shut down Marist on Saturday to continue the greens agonies and
will be out for maximum points which could still take it into the top six.
Oroua too is still alive but must overcome HSOB at the Showgrounds while the
cruncher will be between the tumbling Feilding Old Boys and Marist on the
Click here for the full Senior One Points Table
Click here for the full Senior Two Points Table
Click here for the full Senior Three Points Table
Click here for the full Senior Four Points Table
Click here for the full Colts Premier Points Table
Click here for the full Women's Points Table
FEILDING 26 - Varsity 10
VARSITY had four players out on rep duty including three key backs and that
cut down its running options. The student team made much of it afterwards
but in the wet this called for dour kick-and-chase wet weather rugby.
The students had early chances but desperate Feilding defence held out and
it was Feilding first-five Kris Rivett who took control of the game with his
boot. He made a 45 metre break to put flying lock Sean O'Connor over and
Duncan Urquhart and Ollie Hunt broke through off Rivett passes in midfield.
A Kennedy Uluave try near halftime after a Ma'ake Tu'ipulotu bust sealed
Rivett potted a long droppie soon after halftime and wing Carey Bremmers
scored near fulltime when Varsity fullback John Guise slid past Rivett's
long kick. The Feilding forwards beat Varsity's in most areas, notably the
scrum and in numbers to breakdowns. Little halfback Hamish Griffen kicked
the goals and kicked from the scrum as his team gobbled up the turnovers
from Varsity; his forwards were hungrier and everyone put in big tackles.
Lock John Griffiths had his first game and was sinbinned for a shoulder
Halfback Mike Pettman was a constant danger with his speed but no one else
shone for an outgunned Varsity, its sole try consolation from a long Guise
run. Varsity has seldom been a team for the wet.
by Peter Lampp, Evening Standard, 5 June 2000, pg 12
Some other VARSITY results from the weekend
RAMS 29 - Rangitane 19 - Rams head the table
C-Men 56 - Kia Toa - 0 - still unbeaten
Colts 67 - Marist 0
K's 60 - Feilding 0 - Now playing in the top Colts grade
Baa Baas 22 - Teachers 0 - Baa Baas win the first round
Maidens 12 - Bush 22 - ***
Click for Full Team Results
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