Second round of Pasifika Aotearoa Cup to take place


James Mortimer     05 Apr 2014     NZR

With a bye taken last weekend, the eight teams will suit up for action again as a mix of veterans (including some former Black Ferns) and young teenagers displayed their wares in front of New Zealand Rugby coaches and scouts.

The players have also been taking part in a 'front row clinic' - the players who attend this mandatory scrum course will be among the first to participate in New Zealand Rugby’s new regulations for 2014 allowing contested scrums at First XV secondary school level and above.

With four ‘national’ sides - Counties Manukau Cook Islands, Northern Region Maori, Auckland Samoa and Auckland Tonga - the matches have been played in 20 minute quarters (17 minute quarters for U19s).

The first round opened with the U19 Auckland Tonga team winning convincingly against Auckland Samoa 46-10, while in the open division Auckland Tonga beat Counties Manukau Cook Islands 47–7 and Northern Region Maori beat Auckland Samoa 21 – 10.

Black Fern Mele Hufanga scored a hat trick of tries in an eye catching performance for Auckland Tonga.

Women's rugby is on a high with the fourth leg of the Women's Sevens Series taking place this weekend in China, while the Black Ferns will take on Samoa, Canada and Australia in the coming months as they continue to build towards the Women's Rugby World Cup in France.

So where is it?

Ardmore Marist Rugby Club, Bruce Pulman Park, Walters Road, Papakura

U19s – 11am
Open Women - 1pm

Round 3 (April 12th) will be at Auckland Marist, while Round 4 (April 19th) will now be at Manurewa Rugby Club.

Standings so far

1st place – Auck Tonga
2nd place – Auck Samoa
3rd = place - Northern Region Maoris
3rd = place – Counties Manukau Cook Island

Open Women
1st place – Auck Tonga
2nd place – Northern Region Maori
3rd place – Auck Samoa
4th place – Counties Manukau Cook Islands

Women who want to know more about taking part are encouraged to contact New Zealand Rugby’s Women’s Development Officer