Tasman Rippa reps face Canterbury

Tasman will meet Canterbury in today's quarterfinals after finishing second in pool play at the Rippa Rugby Championships in Wellington yesterday.

Tasman, represented for the second straight year by Richmond Primary School, began yesterday's pool play with a 20-all draw against Northland before beating Buller 35-15 and North Otago 35-25 ahead of a 30-25 loss to unbeaten Counties Manukau.

Roscommon School, representing Counties Manukau, was one of only three teams to win all their pool games, with Richmond and Roscommon among the four teams from last year's inaugural Rippa World Cup, alongside Arrowtown (Otago) and Riverdale (Manawatu) to have qualified for The Rippa Rugby Championship.

In pool A yesterday, Holy Cross Catholic School Papatoetoe, representing Auckland, overcame Poverty Bay, Hawke's Bay and Otago and drew their final match with Waikato, while Manawatu and Southland (Limehills School) tussled for the top in pool B, with Manawatu narrowly coming out with pool-play honours.

In pool C, Canterbury (Paparoa School) topped the table and Counties Manukau set pool D alight with wins over North Otago, Northland, Tasman and Buller.

Two-hundred children from 20 schools from around the country are in Wellington for the second annual tournament. NZRU general manager of community and provincial union rugby Brent Anderson said: "The range of skills on display in Wellington provides me with great confidence that Rippa Rugby provides a perfect pathway for both boys and girls into sevens and 15s."

The Nelson Mail