Auckland and Counties Manukau claim silverware
allblacks.com 18 Sep 2017
In the premiership division, Auckland A turned the tables on defending champions Waikato with a 30-17 victory to claim the Graham Mourie Cup after falling just short in 2016.
The outside backs for Auckland proved difficult to stop with Tanielu Tele’a (2), Siave Togoiu and Caleb Clarke crossing for tries and second five-eighths Harry Plummer adding the extras.
Plummer finished the tournament as top point scorers with 60 points in three matches.
It is Auckland’s first title in four years of the tournament.
Counties Manukau claimed the Sir Michael Jones Trophy with a tense 33-31 victory over Southland.
The defending champions had a 14-5 lead at the half time break and had to hold off a spirited Southland to claim the championship title.
It was their third title in as many years.
The DJ Graham Player of the Tournament was awarded to Auckland A flanker Sione Talitui. Having debuted for the Auckland Mitre 10 Cup team earlier this season he showed is experience and physicality throughout the tournament.
This year's tournament has been sponsored by Mitre 10 who support New Zealand's domestic competitions including Mitre 10 Cup, the Heartland Championship, and the Farah Palmer Cup.
Saturday's action brought the curtain down on three days of play at Owen Delany Park in Taupo which saw almost 400 of New Zealand’s most promising rugby players come together to compete in the annual Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament.
Graham Mourie Cup Final
Auckland 30 – Waikato 17
North Harbour 24 Canterbury 17
Bay of Plenty 74 – Tasman 10
Wellington 24 – Manawatu 20
Sir Michael Jones Trophy Final
Counties Manukau 33 Southland 31
Hawkes Bay 26 Heartland 16
Otago 36 Taranaki 31
Northland 27 Auckland Development 19
Top Point Scorers
60 Harry Plummer, Auckland
49 Kaleb Trask, Bay of Plenty
39 Jack Bergin, North Harbour
36 Ciarahn Matoe, Taranaki
36 George Witana, Otago
Top Try Scorers
4 Ajay Mua, Bay of Plenty
4 Jaya More, Southland
3 Jarryd Broughton, Bay of Plenty
3 Santana Marshall-Baker, Auckland Development
3Jack McHugh, Otago
3 Tanielu Tele’a, Auckland
3 Siave Togoiu, Auckland
3 Viliami Tosi, Southland
3 Nathan Vaatausili, North Harbour