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Tries of the Season: First XV Rugby

Part 5 of our Tries of the Season series, looking back at some of the action in 2019 in club rugby.

(Men’s Part 1 HERE)

(Men’s Part 2 HERE )

(Men’s Part 3 HERE )

(Women’s HERE )

Continuing the series in the community game, with some highlights from the Women’s club rugby and NPC competitions.

#20. At the start of the season, Wellington College were well beaten by Hastings Boys’ High School in a warm-up for both sides. But what about this try from Wellington College, against the team that went on to win the national title:

#21: Roderick Solo was the College Sport Wellington Player of the Year. Here he finishes off a sweeping move by his Scots College team in their pre-competition Festival series 50-0 win over visitors Gisborne Boys’ High School

#22: Herman Suemanufagai scored this belter for St Pat’s Town at the end of May at Evans Bay Park in their 22-17 win over Wellington College. St Pat’s came from 3-17 down to win their Traditional.

#23: The Beard Trophy is competitive as ever between the Porirua basin schools. Aotea College hold the trophy over summer after beating Tawa College. Here they score a sweetly taken try in that game, fittingly scored by their captain and the competition’s best player, Ropati So’oalo.

#24: Rongotai College had their best season in years, finishing second at the end of the round-robin and hosting defending champions St Pat’s Silverstream in a semi-final. They met a 10-41 defeat, but this try summed up their efforts and endeavour all year.

#25: Centre Ethan Webster-Nonu scored a brace in the First XV Premiership final in Scots College’s 20-15 win over St Pat’s Silverstream in the final at Porirua Park.


#26 Perhaps our favourite cheeky try – or tries –  of the year was when NZ Maori U18s scored not once but twice from lineouts in their ‘game of three halves’ fixture against the NZ Schools and NZ Schools Barbarians sides. #deception

To come: Representative rugby tries of the year. 

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