Bay of Plenty and Canterbury flex muscles at JHU19s

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Bay of Plenty, the top qualifier from the Chiefs region, belted Hawke’s Bay 90-0, running in no less than 14 tries, including four to Bartje Wierenga and doubles to Lalomilo Lalomilo and Leroy Carter. Kaleb Trask, who has already seen Mitre 10 Cup action for the Steamers this season, slotted six conversions.

Canterbury, the 2015 champion, dispatched defending Premiership champion Auckland 37-8. Nick Frost scored a brace in the five tries to one victory.


Wellington defeated Taranaki 62-8 with nine tries to one, Callum Harkin and Taine Plumtree, son of Hurricanes coach John Plumtree, crossing for doubles. The capital boys now face Canterbury in Wednesday’s semifinal.

Top Blues qualifier North Harbour will face Bay of Plenty in the semifinal after edging Tasman 28-25.

In the Championship section, Counties Manukau remain on track for a fourth straight Michael Jones Trophy after beating Manawatu 27-22 in a see-saw struggle.

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Campbell Burnes

Campbell Burnes has written on rugby since 2000 for a wide variety of publications, both in print and online, whilst also contributing to television and radio shows. His major gigs have seen him at Rugby News magazine (2005-12), in which he covered 50 Test matches, and the New Zealand Herald (2014-17). Burnes is one of the few in rugby media to have played international rugby, having appeared for Manu Samoa in 1995 and 2000 (seven games) as a No 10. He is now the editor of Rugby News magazine and co-editor of the Rugby Almanack.


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