St Pat’s Silverstream (Open Boys) and St Mary’s College (Open Girls) are the 2020 Wellington Condor 7s champions.
Silverstream won the the Christian Cullen Cup with a 17-14 win over St Pat’s Town in their final and St Mary’s College retained the Kat Simpkins Cup with a 22-12 win over first time finalists Sacred Heart College.
All four finalists are heading to the National Condors in Auckland in early December.
Paraparaumu College won the Plate final with a 26-19 win over Scots College 2 in that decider. Aotea beat Rongotai College to win the Bowl final and Newlands College claimed the Shield silverware.
St Pat’s Town beat St Bernard’s College 26-19 in the U15 Boys decider, while St Mary’s College beat Wellington East Girls’ College 41-5 in the U15 Girls decider.
The Boys Cup final was a tense affair, with Silverstream clinging on to the last play against a resurgent St Pat’s Town who stretched them out wide but came up just short of the line. Silverstream won the final play turnover and booted the ball far into touch.
Town had opened the scoring when Cam Burgess had soared high and won the opening kickoff and scampered through to score to put them up 7-0.
Silverstream replied with the next three tries, playmaker Riley Higgins scoring two of these and laying on an assist to former Town player Luke Walmsley. The Upper Hutt side led 12-7 at halftime and 17-7 early in the second half.
Silverstream made some substitutes, including Higgins, and momentum switched Town’s way. They scored through Daniel Tafili to close the gap to 17-14, the final score.
This was Silverstream’s first Christian Cullen Cup win since 2014 and their second overall.
Silverstream had earlier beaten Aotea College 31-5 and Paraparaumu 48-7, and then Rongotai College 43-7.
St Mary’s College saw off the challenge of Sacred Heart College, after scoring tries through Nive Leota, after a long opening sequence on attack, and Alyssa Wilson, to go up 12-0.
Sacred Heart scored right on halftime to cut their lead to 12-7. They then equalised at 12-12 after a St Mary’s error inside their 22 and Eileen Polu scored the try.
However, St Mary’s regrouped to score twice more, through Waimarie Weston and Tara Campbell to win the Kat Simpkins Cup for the sixth consecutive year.
St Mary’s also won after dropping one of their pool games earlier in the day, losing 12-15 to Aotea College. They also beat St Catherine’s 48-0 and first time entrants Scots College Girls 29-0.
With just the top two qualifiers from the Boys and Girls sections progressing to this year’s Condor Sevens, the semi-finals were tense affairs.
The major story from the semi-finals was St Pat’s Silverstream beating three-time defending champions Scots College 26-22 in semi-final #1.
Scots scored the game’s first try, through Oryann Kalolo, shooting up the centre of the field from a scrum near halfway.
But Silverstream hit back with their first try and then their second to bustling Peter Lakai after a Mitchell Southall break. Kalolo scored his second try and Silverstream led 14-12 at halftime.
Higgins then scored for Silversteam early in the second half and they led 21-12, asking Scots to do all the work in mounting their comeback.
They replied with two tries and they went ahead 22-21. But from the next re-start, Lakai made a telling burst up into the 22, the ball was recycled and Toby Crosby crossed for the match-winner and to knock Scots out.
The other Boys Cup semi-final was tighter, with Wellington College making much of the early running against St Pat’s Town and deservedly going up 7-0, which was the halftime score.
Town scored through Francis Mettrick who made a clean break to level 7-7, before Town’s Tom Walsh won the game 14-7 near the end with an individual chip and chase try.
The first Girls Cup semi-final saw Sacred Heart College beat Aotea College 21-19 with a try on fulltime to hard running Sanna Aumua.
Aumua, sister of the rugby playing brothers, had earlier scored her first try to give SHC a 14-12 lead early in the second half.
Aotea College reclaimed the lead with a chip and chase try and desperately clung to a 19-14 lead, before Aumua’s try on fulltime.
The second Girls Cup semi-final saw St Mary’s College beat Wainuiomata High School 19-0, scoring all three of their tries in the first half.
The 2020 Condor Sevens tournament was played in ideal conditions at Naenae College for hard-fought, running rugby.
Cloud cover and a moderate wind only made for plenty of close games across four fields from 9am to the close just after 5pm.
Pool Team Score Team Score G Silverstream U15 44 Bishop Viard U15 5 H Mana U15 19 Aotea U15 14 H St Pats Town U15 48 Rongotai U15 0 G Scots U15 15 Hutt Valley U15 15 E St Mary's 48 St Catherine's 0 E Aotea 14 Scots 5 A Scots 51 Newlands 0 B St Pats Town 47 Bishop Viard 5 F Wainuiomata 48 Wellington Girls 0 C Rongotai 12 Scots 2 24 D Aotea 28 Paraparaumu 19 F Sacred Heart 17 St Mary's 2 7 H Rongotai U15 10 Aotea U15 19 G St Bernard's U15 38 Hutt Valley U15 0 G Scots U15 43 Bishop Viard U15 0 H St Pats Town U15 50 Mana U15 0 E Aotea 52 St Catherine's 5 E St Mary's 29 Scots 0 J St Mary's U15 44 Mana U15 0 B Taita 10 Bishop Viard 33 A Wainuiomata 50 Newlands 0 F Sacred Heart 38 Wellington Girls 0 J Wellington East U15 26 Upper Hutt U15 7 D Silverstream 48 Paraparaumu 7 C Wellington College 26 Scots 2 10 F Wainuiomata 25 St Mary's 2 0 G Silverstream U15 12 St Bernard's U15 17 G Hutt Valley U15 25 Bishop Viard U15 5 F St Mary's 2 34 Wellington Girls 0 E St Catherine's 7 Scots 35 J St Mary's U15 24 Wellington East U15 12 E St Mary's 12 Aotea 15 B St Pats Town 40 Taita 0 A Scots 43 Wainuiomata 12 J Mana U15 19 Upper Hutt U15 26 F Sacred Heart 7 Wainuiomata 12 D Aotea 5 Silverstream 31 C Rongotai 17 Wellington College 38 H St Pats Town U15 34 Aotea U15 0 G Scots U15 10 St Bernard's U15 26 H Mana U15 7 Rongotai U15 29 G Silverstream U15 40 Hutt Valley U15 7 Bs Plt SF Newlands 12 Paraparaumu 31 J Wellington East U15 25 Mana U15 0 B Cup QF Scots 40 Bishop Viard 0 B Cup QF St Pats Town 47 Wainuiomata 7 B Plt SF Taita 15 Scots 2 40 J St Mary's U15 34 Upper Hutt U15 14 B Cup QF Wellington College 37 Aotea 0 B Cup QF Silverstream 43 Rongotai 7 G St Bernard's U15 35 Bishop Viard U15 0 G Scots U15 5 Silverstream U15 36 H Playoff Town 52 Aotea 0 G Bwl SF Scots 25 Wellington Girls 15 H 3rd/4th Rongotai 15 Mana 17 G Cup SF Aotea 19 Sacred Heart 21 G Cup SF Wainuiomata 0 St Mary's 19 G Bwl SF St Mary's 2 WBD St Catherine's LBD 15G Final St Mary's U15 41 Wellington East U15 5 B Shield Newlands WBD Taita LBD B Cup SF Scots 22 Silverstream 28 B Bwl SF Wainuiomata 5 Aotea 33 B Bwl SF Bishop Viard 10 Rongotai 24 B Cup SF St Pats Town 14 Wellington College 7 B Plt F Paraparaumu 26 Scots 2 19 G Bwl F Scots 17 St Mary's 2 12 15B Final St Bernard's U15 12 St Pat's Town U15 26 G Cup F Sacred Heart 12 St Mary's 22 B Bwl F Aotea 26 Rongotai 12 B Cup F Silverstream 17 St Pats Town 14