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Champions crowned at National Sevens

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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The domestic rugby season came to a scintillating close in Tauranga this afternoon with Waikato men and Counties Manukau women claiming the TECT National Sevens titles.

It was a thrilling day of competition which entertained the crowds at Tauranga Domain.

In one of the most fiercely contested women’s competitions in recent years, Counties Manukau women went through unbeaten and claimed the title with a 12-5 win over Waikato in the Final.

Led expertly by Hazel Tubic, the co-captain was calm yet dynamic in her efforts and picked up the Anna Richards Cup for Player of the Tournament. It was the Counties Manukau's women's second title after first winning the crown in 2017.

Each side had strike weapons, with Counties Manukau’s Lanulangi Veainu and Waikato’s Montessa Tairakena both contributing to the scorecard in the Final and scoring five tries apiece across the weekend.

Counties Manukau advanced to the Final after a strong 27-12 win over Canterbury in the quarterfinals and going past hosts, Bay of Plenty, in the semifinals.

Ever the bridesmaids, it was Waikato’s third Final in as many years, falling just short against a determined Counties Manukau side.

Waikato had edged a strong-looking Auckland team 14-12 in the semifinals, after Auckland knocked out the defending champions, Manawatu, earlier in the day.

While Waikato were pipped at the post in the women’s division, they were a force to be reckoned with in the mens, storming home 31-5 over Auckland in the Final, to claim their eighth National Sevens title.

Starting the day with a hard-fought 17-12 quarterfinal victory over Canterbury, they defeated home-side, Bay of Plenty, 19-10 to progress to the Final. On the other side of the draw, Auckland knocked over defending men’s champions Tasman in their quarterfinal before securing a 12-5 semifinal win over Taranaki.

Coming out of the blocks firing in the Final, Waikato’s experienced players in Declan O’Donnell and Jordan Bunce led the way, while co-Captain Liam Coombes-Fabling wreaked havoc with his electric pace and accurate kicking. The 21-year-old was the tournaments’ top points scorer with four tries and 12 conversions for 44 points and was awarded the Joe Tauiwi Memorial Trophy for Player of the Tournament.

In other Finals it was last year’s champions, Tasman men and Manawatu women, that both claimed the Plate divisions.

The Tasman women claimed the Bowl for a second straight year, led by Jessica Drummond who was the tournament's top try scorer, crossing eight times in five matches.

The Manawatu men also went back-to-back in picking up the Shield, their strike weapon, Te Rangatira Waitokia, scored seven tries to be the top men’s try scorer.

New Zealand Sevens selectors are set to announce those players who have been chosen to trial for the All Blacks Sevens Development and Black Ferns Seven Development teams later this week.

Click here for a full list of results.

Thrilling playoffs in store at TECT National Sevens

Saturday, December 14, 2019
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Day One of the TECT National Sevens lived up to expectations with plenty of thrills and dynamic rugby across 42 matches.

Play off positions were finalised, with tantalising match-ups confirmed for Tauranga Domain tomorrow.

In the men’s division, Auckland went through the day unbeaten, averaging more than 28 points a match to boast the best attacking statistics. In Pool B, winners Waikato based their play on a strong defensive game, also going through unbeaten and conceding just 12 points in their three matches.

Surprise package Hawke’s Bay topped Pool C, while it took until the very last match of the day to determine positions in Pool D, Taranaki claiming top spot courtesy of superior points difference.

Defending champions Tasman, Canterbury, Southland and hosts Bay of Plenty will all progress to Cup quarterfinals on Day Two, finishing second in their respective pools.

Counties Manukau, who have been in three of the last four TECT National Sevens finals will not have the opportunity to continue their dominant run, losing to Auckland and Canterbury in pool play to go through to the Bowl quarterfinals.

Their female counterparts pulled off the upset of the day, defeating reigning champions Manawatu in their last pool match, with a try after the full-time whistle to win 24-21. Counties Manukau and Waikato progress as the only two unbeaten teams from Day One, while Auckland also topped their pool despite dropping a match to Bay of Plenty.

Otago, Wellington and Canterbury round out the women’s Cup quarterfinals.

Tasman’s Jessica Drummond was the top try scorer on Day One, across both men’s and women’s, crossing for five tries. Manawatu’s Hayley Hutana was the leading women’s point scorer with 29, while Tiaan Falcon of Hawke’s Bay top scored for the men with 25.

Seven pieces of silverware will be handed out on day two, from the Shield winners through to men's and women's Cup champions. Also up for grabs are the Anna Richards Cup and Joe Tauiwi Memorial Trophy for the women's and men's Player of the Tournament.

Men's Cup Quarterfinals
Auckland v Tasman
Taranaki v Southland
Hawke's Bay v Bay of Plenty
Waikato v Canterbury

Women's Cup Quarterfinals
Counties Manukau v Canterbury
Wellington v Bay of Plenty
Auckland v Manawatu
Waikato v Otago

Men's Bowl Quarterfinals
Counties Manukau v South Canterbury
North Harbour v Thames Valley
Wellington v Manawatu
Otago v Wairarapa Bush

Women's Bowl Semifinals
Hawke's Bay v Taranaki
Tasman v North Harbour

Click here for Day One results and full Day Two Draw.

Lively qualifiers confirm positions at TECT National Sevens

Monday, December 2, 2019
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The domestic rugby season will wrap in in Tauranga later this month with 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams vying for top honours at the TECT National Sevens.

Northern, Central and Southern Regional Qualifiers were held across the country on Saturday with 16 Provincial Unions emerging as the contenders for 2019 silverware.

In the men’s division, Canterbury, Wellington and Waikato topped their respective qualifying events, with defending champions Tasman finishing second in their Southern Region tournament.

South Canterbury, Wairarapa Bush and Thames Valley will join 13 of Mitre 10 Cup Unions to round out the 2019 men's competitors. Thames Valley tipped Northland 17-10 to claim the sixth qualifying position at the northern qualifiers.

Women’s defending champions, Manawatu, led the charge in the Central Region qualifier with Farah Palmer Cup Premiership champions Canterbury winning the Southern event and Waikato topping the Northern tournament.

The Tauranga Domain will play host to the TECT National Sevens on 14 and 15 December. While teams Unions are looking to add to their trophy cabinets before Christmas, the event is also a key talent identification tool, with New Zealand Sevens selectors on hand to identify players for the 2020 development teams.

The 2019 TECT National Sevens men’s teams are;
Northern Region:
Bay of Plenty
Counties Manukau
North Harbour
Thames Valley

Central Region:
Hawke’s Bay
Wairarapa Bush

Southern Region:
South Canterbury

The 2019 TECT National Sevens women’s teams are;
Northern Region:
Bay of Plenty
Counties Manukau
North Harbour

Central Region:
Hawke’s Bay

Southern Region:

For more information on the TECT National Sevens or to purchase tickets click here.

Festive atmosphere expected for National Sevens

Thursday, November 14, 2019
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The TECT National 7s is set to get into the festive swing as tickets for the tournament go on sale today (November 14).

Some of New Zealand’s top 7s players will dazzle rugby enthusiasts at Tauranga Domain on December 14-15. All in a bid to become National Champions and to push for a place in the All Blacks and Black Ferns 7s squads.

Bay Rugby Business Development Manager, Don Paterson says, this year’s tournament is the perfect opportunity to get into the festive season.

“The TECT National 7s is the ideal opportunity to toast the season with friends, family or colleagues, over two exciting days of sizzling 7s action. The event showcases the talents of New Zealand’s top 28 men’s and women’s teams.

“The flare and athleticism they bring is fantastic to watch…that, mixed with delicious festive fare, music and a whole lot of yuletide fun makes for an epic Christmas celebration.”

Along with the normal general admission tickets, Paterson says there are two Christmas Party packages to choose from, including a special marquee erected on top of the temporary grandstand to take in all the action on and off the field.

“We have a hospitality package to suit any group’s size, taste and budget. Celebrate the end of the year with a Kiwi barbecue-style lunch and cheer on your favourite team from your reserved bar leaner in a prime location on the sideline, or, for something more upmarket, the Grandstand Marquee. It’s the ultimate Kiwi Christmas at the 7s.”

Paterson says, punters can expect a fast-paced 7s action combined with entertainment for young and old and fresh festive food.

“Tauranga Domain is full of action as the best of the Bay gather to celebrate the festive season in style. The atmosphere at this event is unparalleled as the Domain comes alive for two full days of entertainment and spirited competition.”

To purchase a general admission ticket, click here.

For a hospitality package email Don Paterson at don@boprugby.co.nz or call 021 193 7197.

TECT National Sevens to lift community spirits

Monday, November 11, 2019
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Bay of Plenty Rugby chief executive Mike Rogers says the TECT National Sevens is a great vehicle to help lift the community spirit.

After an exceptional Mitre 10 Cup season, Bay Rugby is looking to continue the positive community vibe with the Sevens. The two-day tournament takes place at Tauranga Domain on December 14-15.

With this in mind, Bay Rugby is excited by naming rights funder TECT using the opportunity to involve and recognize charities that play a key role in Tauranga.

The three charities for this year’s tournament are; Tauranga Community Foodbank, Blue Light Tauranga and Bay Conservation Alliance.

The partnership between Bay of Plenty Rugby and TECT will see free tickets to the Sevens for volunteers from all three charities.

Players and officials from both the men's and women's Bay Sevens teams are visiting each of these charities, to find out more about the work they do and offer some assistance.

“We want to make the Sevens a fun family atmosphere, but we also want to make people aware of the great things these charities do. It’s a good opportunity to acknowledge the work these volunteers do,” Rogers says.

The chief executive says this wouldn’t be possible without the partnership of TECT.

“They have been a very supportive partner in a wide range of projects and initiatives that we have launched.

“Ultimately without their support we just couldn’t do it. TECT is a very community focused organisation, who are driven by good outcomes for our community.

“I think they see things the same way as we do ¬– that you can use sport to drive, not just sporting outcomes, but economic and social outcomes for our community.”

TECT general manager Wayne Werder says, they are excited to partner with Bay Rugby to offer volunteers from the three community groups tickets to the TECT National Sevens.

“The work they do in our community is invaluable and we want to thank them for their massive contribution and dedication. It’s what makes our region such a great place to live.

“It’s important to us at TECT to see our community thriving and sport is a great catalyst to bring people together; to celebrate the competition, the wins, and all the fun that comes along with it. We hope the volunteers have a fantastic day out at the TECT National Sevens.”

The visit of players and official to the charities begin tomorrow (November 12) at the Tauranga Community Foodbank, to help with organising food, that is distributed to the community.

It will be followed by a visit to Pillans Point School with the Blue Light Tauranga team on Wednesday (November 13) to interact with the students.

Tasman and Manawatu crowned champions

Monday, December 17, 2018
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Photo credit: Getty Images - Hannah Peters


Photo credit: Getty Images - Hannah Peters

A thrilling day of finals rugby treated fans in Tauranga today with Tasman and Manawatu claiming the respective men’s and women’s TECT National Sevens titles.

It was a maiden crown for Tasman, who were beaten finalists in January but managed to go one better with an impressive two days of sevens.

Led by James Lash, who was awarded the Joe Tauiwi Memorial Player of the Tournament, Tasman got out to a 12-0 lead in the first half of the Final against Counties Manukau.

Their opposites got across the line in the second spell, but Tasman showed their grit to hold on for the title.

Earlier in the day Tasman downed North Harbour 33-7 in the semi final and were too strong for Taranaki in the quarters. They went through pool play unbeaten.

The Marlborough Union won the inaugural National Sevens tournament in 1975 but this is the first title for the Mako since the amalgamation of Nelson and Marlborough in 2006.

In the women’s Final it was familiar scenes as Manawatu once again lifted the trophy, claiming their fifth National Sevens crown.

They faced Waikato in the Final and opened the scoring through captain Selica Winiata. Waikato hit back to take a 7-5 lead before Manawatu crossed to take a 12-7 half time lead.

Waikato were on attack for long periods in the second half but Manawatu held on for the victory.

The team was dominant on Day Two, cruising through their quarter final 21-0 over Counties Manukau and 31-5 over Bay of Plenty in the semi finals.

Black Ferns Sevens captain and Manawatu stalwart Sarah Goss was awarded the Anna Richards Cup for Player of the Tournament.

In other Finals the Taranaki men and Canterbury women won their respective Plate Finals, while the Auckland men and Tasman women claimed the Bowl titles.

Results from Day Two of the TECT National Sevens

Sunday, December 16, 2018
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Men's Cup Final:

Counties Manukau 7 v Tasman 12

Women's Cup Final:

Waikato 7 v Manawatu 12

Women’s 3rd and 4th Play-off:

Auckland 14 v Bay of Plenty 5

Men's Plate Final:

Hawke’s Bay 5 v Taranaki 19

Women's Plate Final:

Canterbury 24 v Counties Manukau 19

Women’s 7th and 8th Play-off:

Wellington 31 v Otago 17

Men's Bowl Final:

Otago 14 v Auckland 22

Women's Bowl Final:

Tasman 24 v North Harbour 5

Men’s Shield Final:

Manawatu 14 v Northland 7

Women’s 11th and 12th Play-off:

Hawke’s Bay 17 v Taranaki 14

Men's Cup Semi Finals:
Counties Manukau 12 v Wellington 10
Tasman 33 v North Harbour 7

Men's Plate Semi Finals:
Southland 7 v Hawke’s Bay 19
Taranaki 22 v Waikato 21

Men’s Cup Quarter Finals:
Counties Manukau 19 v Southland 10
Hawke's Bay 0 v Wellington 33
Tasman 24 v Taranaki 19
Waikato 0 v North Harbour 17

Men's Bowl Semi-Final:
Otago 12 v Canterbury 7
Bay of Plenty 21 v Auckland 24

Men’s Shield Semi Final:
Manawatu 21 v South Canterbury 19
Northland 35 v Wairarapa Bush 12

Men’s Bowl Quarter Finals:
Manawatu 5 v Otago 29
Canterbury 21 v South Canterbury 14
Northland 0 v Bay of Plenty 39
Auckland 26 v Wairarapa Bush 12

Women's Cup Semi Finals:
Auckland 12 v Waikato 19
Manawatu 31 v Bay of Plenty 5

Women’s Plate Semi Finals:
Canterbury 24 v Wellington 14
Counties Manukau 19 v Otago 10

Women's Cup Quarter Finals:
Auckland 17 v Canterbury 5
Wellington 7 v Waikato 26
Bay of Plenty 19 v Otago 12
Manawatu 21 v Counties Manukau 0

Women's Bowl Semi-Final:
Tasman 26 v Hawke's Bay 17
Taranaki 14 v North Harbour 22

TECT National Sevens delivers an exciting Day One action

Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Under the blistering hot Bay of Plenty sunshine the best sevens talent went head to head on Day One of the TECT National Sevens.

In the men’s division, January’s National Sevens finalists Waikato and Tasman, along with perennial performers Counties Manukau set the standard, all going through pool play unbeaten.

Southland proved to be the surprise package, stunning Auckland 26-5 and beating neighbours Otago 17-14 to advance from Pool B.

Wellington men cruised through their first two pool matches without conceding a point before dropping to Tasman 24-10, but progress to Cup play offs as the second placed team from Pool C.

Pool D saw the tightest contest of the day, with Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Canterbury all recording two wins and a loss. Hawke’s Bay’s superior points difference put them through on top, while Taranaki snatched second place courtesy of their win over Canterbury.

Counties Manukau proved to have the best defence on day one, conceding just two tries, while Tasman showed their skill on attack, averaging 30 points a match.

In the women’s division it was Auckland leading the way, with the best defensive and attacking record, conceding just one try across their three matches.

Defending champions Manawatu topped Pool B while home team Bay of Plenty upset Waikato 24-7 to finish unbeaten from Pool C.

Otago tipped up Southern Region Champions Canterbury 24-12 to go through second in Pool A, while Wellington and Waikato finished second in their pools.

Counties Manukau and Canterbury round out the women's quarter finalists as the top third placed teams.

Seven pieces of silverware will be handed out on day two, from the Shield winners through to men's and women's Cup champions. Also up for grabs are the Anna Richards Cup and Joe Tauiwi Memorial Trophy for the women's and men's Player of the Tournament.

Click here for full draw and results.

Results from Day One of the TECT National Sevens

Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Men's Results:

Waikato 32 v Tasman 12
Bay of Plenty 22 v Hawke’s Bay 12
Manawatu 27 v North Harbour 5
Counties Manukau 21 v Wellington 33
Auckland 24 v Taranaki 0
Canterbury 12 v Otago 24
Waikato 50 v Hawke’s Bay 0
Bay of Plenty 26 v Tasman 0
Manawatu 29 v Wellington 12
Counties Manukau 31 v North Harbour 14
Auckland 41 v Otago 0
Canterbury 24 v Taranaki 19
Waikato 7 v Bay of Plenty 24
Hawke’s Bay 7 v Tasman 14
Manawatu 31 v Counties Manukau 12
Wellington 31 v North Harbour 12
Auckland v Canterbury
Otago 26 v Taranaki 15

Women's Results:

Waikato 32 v Tasman 12
Bay of Plenty 22 v Hawke’s Bay 12
Manawatu 27 v North Harbour 5
Counties Manukau 21 v Wellington 33
Auckland 24 v Taranaki 0
Canterbury 12 v Otago 24
Waikato 50 v Hawke’s Bay 0
Bay of Plenty 26 v Tasman 0
Manawatu 29 v Wellington 12
Counties Manukau 31 v North Harbour 14
Auckland 41 v Otago 0
Canterbury 24 v Taranaki 19
Waikato 7 v Bay of Plenty 24
Hawke’s Bay 7 v Tasman 14
Manawatu 31 v Counties Manukau 12
Wellington 31 v North Harbour 12
Auckland v Canterbury
Otago 26 v Taranaki 15

Sevens takes centre stage in Tauranga

Thursday, December 13, 2018
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The best of New Zealand’s sevens talent is descending on Tauranga with the TECT National Sevens promising an action-packed weekend of rugby.

16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will take the field in the two-day tournament which kicks off at Tauranga Domain on Saturday 15 December.

National honours will be on the line along with places in the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens developments camps to be held in the New Year.

New Zealand Rugby High Performance Sevens Manager Tony Philp said the TECT National Sevens is a crucial piece of the high performance talent identification process.

“It was only 12 months ago that we saw players like Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and Akuila Rokolisoa really put their hand up at Nationals, and both have gone on to be part of a historic year with the All Blacks Sevens.

“A good performance this weekend could see players selected for the development camps, which is a proven pathway into our national teams, so it should be an exciting prospect for everyone taking the field this weekend,” said Philp.

It’s not only emerging talent taking the field, Black Ferns Sevens’ Sarah Goss and All Blacks Sevens’ Joe Ravouvou will suit up for their provinces, both received the UL Mark of Excellence awards for Player of the Tournament at July’s Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Pools and draw confirmed
There is no such thing as an easy pool and that is certainly the case at the TECT National Sevens with strong teams spread across the four men’s and three women’s pools.

The 45th winner of the men’s national title will be crowned on Sunday with defending champion Waikato and perennial performers Counties Manukau among the favourites.

Defending men’s champions, Waikato will come up against the tournament’s most successful team, Auckland in pool play, while last tournament’s semi-finalists Wellington and Tasman are both in Pool C.

Hosts Bay of Plenty, are searching for their first title and will come up against Taranaki, Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay on Day One, while 2016 and 2017 champions Counties Manukau head Pool A after a dominant performance at their regional qualifiers.

In the women’s draw Manawatu will be looking for their fifth title after their dramatic 17-15 win over Waikato at the last Nationals. They are in Pool B alongside 2017 winners Counties Manukau.

Auckland and Canterbury won their respective qualifying events and will meet in Pool A while hosts Bay of Plenty will face a tough pool assignment against Waikato.

The full draw can be found here

Organisers of the National Sevens are encouraging Bay of Plenty locals and summer visitors to take advantage of the chance to see some of the best sevens players in the country in action.

Bay of Plenty Rugby Chief Executive Mike Rogers said the Union is excited to host the TECT National Sevens in Tauranga this weekend.

“We are looking forward to hosting the TECT National Sevens at the Tauranga Domain this year. There is a buzz around the city with the move to a new time and new venue. We can’t wait to provide our local community with an abundance of quality rugby sevens action. The quality and skill we will see along some great provincial rivalries will have any rugby fan of the edge of their seats. Plus the festive atmosphere, with markets and kids entertainment it has something for the whole Whanau to be a part of.

“The TECT National Sevens is a fantastic event to be involved with and we are exceptionally grateful for the valuable support we receive from our partners, TECT, Farmer Autovillage, Tauranga City Council North and South Trust and NZCT to ensure the tournament is a success,” said Rogers.

Key information: TECT National Sevens



Pool A: Counties Manukau, Manawatu, North Harbour, Wairarapa Bush
Pool B: Waikato, Auckland, Otago, Southland
Pool C: Wellington, Tasman, Northland, South Canterbury
Pool D: Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Canterbury


Pool A: Auckland, Canterbury, Otago, Taranaki
Pool B: Manawatu, Counties Manukau, Wellington, North Harbour
Pool C: Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Tasman

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