Hawke's Bay win Central Region sevens

Last updated 19:21 07/12/2013

Relevant offers

A slick Hawke's Bay team anchored by Ihaia West beat Taranaki 24-19 in the final to win the Central Region rugby sevens tournament in Palmerston North today.

West was the Magpies' lynchpin with his skill, footwork and speed.

Hawke's Bay went through unbeaten, beating Wellington 26-24 late in their semifinal as Taranaki downed Manawatu 28-15.

In the final Hawke's Bay virtually had the final won when they led 19-0 at halftime. They extended the lead to 24-5 before Taranaki responded with three consecutive tries, but it was too late against the likes of West, Trinity Spooner-Neera and Penikolo Latu.

Manawatu beat Wellington 10-7 in the playoff for third and fourth.

Poverty Bay was the fifth men's team to qualify for the nationals at Rotorua next month with a late try against Horowhenua-Kapiti to win 17-12.

The national champion Manawatu women's team beat Taranaki 40-14 in their final after their opponents had won their opening clash in the morning in strong winds and rain.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

How excited are you about the 2014 Commonwealth Games?

It's gold, bring it on

It's okay, like a watered-down Olympics

Not really - but I'll be once NZ serve up some dramatics.

Old episodes of Friends are more exciting.

Vote Result

Related story: After the hype, time to let the Games begin

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content