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ROUND 9 HIGHLIGHTS: North Harbour v Wellington – 2019

2 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

North Harbour survive a spirited 2nd half comeback by Wellington to go up to 3rd in the table and all but secure a playoff place. 78 points and 11 tries created a massively entertaining game with some fantastic tries on display. Wellington looked buried at half time but picked themselves up and put in a special 2nd half to come away with a valuable bonus point but will be disappointed they missed out on another one. North Harbour have done what they set the,selves to do and leave playoff chances in their own hands, but they have a rather tough task when they take on Canterbury...

Mitre 10 Cup Round 7 Round Up

3 weeks ago by Ultimate Rugby

Waikato gave Mitre 10 Premiership leaders Tasman plenty to think about before the southerners came home strongly to take the win in Hamilton on Saturday.     It was an impressive...

ROUND 7 HIGHLIGHTS: Waikato v Tasman – 2019

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Tasman battle back from behind to overturn a a halftime deficit to beat a spirited Waikato team. The firsthalf saw Waikato put in a brilliant performance but Tasman changed things in the second half as Will Jordan played a crucial role in handing Tasman the win. They remain unbeaten as the Mako train rolls on

Mitre 10 Cup Round 6 Preview

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Mitre 10 Cup is at its halfway point with round six bringing plenty of must-win match-ups as the battle for playoff spots in both the Premiership and Championship heats up.     Waikato v Hawke’s...

ROUND 5 HIGHLIGHTS: North Harbour v Waikato - 2019

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

North Harbour steal a massive win in a sensational game of rugby. They never gave up, despite Waikato looking set to win. They continued to fight and put...

The All Blacks opted to finish their clash with Tonga with 14-men, Steve Hansen explains why

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admitted that during the 92-7 demolition of Tonga at Waikato Stadium that he deliberately forced his men to finish the game with 14 players in the final 15 minutes in order...

All Blacks fall short of century in pre-World Cup annihilation

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

The All Blacks fell just short of 100 points in a merciless display in Hamilton, where New Zealand scored 14 tries on Saturday.     New Zealand's final Rugby World Cup dress rehearsal was...

Beauden Barrett to fly-half for the All Blacks final hit-out before World Cup

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

The All Blacks team has been named to play Tonga on Saturday September 7th at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton.   In the forwards, Codie Taylor starts at hooker, with Liam Coltman providing cover...

ROUND 4 HIGHLIGHTS: Waikato v Auckland - 2019

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

It was a game that had a explosive start as Waikato took the lead and were 14-3 in the lead by the fifteenth minute. Auckland were struggling to gain traction and were only able to score their first try...

Tonga name Rugby World Cup squad

1 month ago by Ultimate Rugby

Tonga Head Coach Toutai Kefu has confirmed his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.     Players from clubs in England, France, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, USA and Tongan based...