Tight contests in club rugby semis
The two teams in blue, Massey University and Kia Toa, will clash in next Saturday's Manawatu club final.
Both survived nail-biting semifinals today to get there.
Kia Toa knocked over last season's Hankins Shield champions College Old Boys by 33-32.
It took a try late in the game from wing Newton Tudreu and a pressure conversion from Jade Te Rure to despatch COB.
College had come back from 18-6 down and 20-12 adrift at halftime to to take the lead with eight minutes remaining.
At Massey University, Varsity held off a huge comeback from Feilding Yellows to win 26-24.
The students had romped to a 21-0 lead at halftime and there had been only one team in it.
But Feilding came out of the blocks to win the second half 26-3, staved off by a solitary second-half try by the home team.
In the fifth-sixth playoff, Old Boys-Marist bolted away to beat Freyberg 52-17.
Saturday's scorers. -
Hankins Shield semifinals:
Kia Toa 33 (N Tudreau 2, J Pouhotaua tries; J Te Rure 4 pens, 3 con), College Old Boys 32, HT: 20-12 Kia Toa.
Varsity 26 (C Chalmers, S Healy, O Karati tries; C Stewart 3 pens, 1 con); Feilding 24 (B Carr 2, A Ratugoleanavanua tries B Wyness 3 cons, 1 pen), HT: 21-0
Val Holland Memorial Trophy final:
Old Boys Marist 52 (J Temara 2, T Smith, M Gattche, A Curry, M Gardner, M Hicks, L Nichols tries; I Winter 6 cons), Freyberg 17, HT: 26-0 OBM
- Manawatu Standard
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