Bay of Plenty and Canterbury flex muscles at JHU19s

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Campbell Burnes     09 Sep 2018     Getty Images

Bay of Plenty, the top qualifier from the Chiefs region, belted Hawke’s Bay 90-0, running in no less than 14 tries, including four to Bartje Wierenga and doubles to Lalomilo Lalomilo and Leroy Carter. Kaleb Trask, who has already seen Mitre 10 Cup action for the Steamers this season, slotted six conversions.

Canterbury, the 2015 champion, dispatched defending Premiership champion Auckland 37-8. Nick Frost scored a brace in the five tries to one victory.


Wellington defeated Taranaki 62-8 with nine tries to one, Callum Harkin and Taine Plumtree, son of Hurricanes coach John Plumtree, crossing for doubles. The capital boys now face Canterbury in Wednesday’s semifinal.

Top Blues qualifier North Harbour will face Bay of Plenty in the semifinal after edging Tasman 28-25.

In the Championship section, Counties Manukau remain on track for a fourth straight Michael Jones Trophy after beating Manawatu 27-22 in a see-saw struggle.Waikato ran in 11 tries in its 67-5 defeat of the Heartland XV, chosen from the 12 Heartland Championship unions.

The Auckland Development XV suffered a 29-22 reverse to Otago, who will face Counties Manukau in Wednesday’s semifinals.

Southland upset Northland 29-22, despite a 17-point haul by Northland’s Nikau Graham. The southerners now face Waikato in the semifinals.

Monday will see players take part in professional development and position specific coaching sessions.

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Day one results:
Premiership (Graham Mourie Cup):

Bay of Plenty 90 (Bartje Wierenga 4, Lalomilo Lalomilo 2, Leroy Carter 2, Coby Miln, Emoni Narawa, Jonas Pomare, Jayjay Suemai, Apitone Toia, Etonia Waqa tries; Kaleb Trask 6 con, Miln 4 con) Hawke’s Bay 0

Canterbury 37 (Nick Frost 2, Fergus Burke, Connor Garden-Bachop, Burns Mills tries; Burke 3 con, 2 pen) Auckland 8 (Oliver Shepherd try; Thomas Strachan pen)

Wellington 62 (Callum Harkin 2, Taine Plumtree 2, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Caleb Delany, Misilifi Faimalo, Albert Polu, Reuben Vaá tries; Harkin 7 con, pen) Taranaki 8 (Parris Faapulou try; Mason Porteous pen)

North Harbour 28 (Brad McNaughton 2, Thomas Barham tries; Jack Heighton 2 con, 3 pen) Tasman 25 (Caleb Coventry, Quinn Harrison-Jones, Sam Moli, Nigel Satherly tries; Josh McPherson con, pen)

Championship (Michael Jones Trophy):
Otago 29
(Sam Dickson, Sean Jansen, Delaney McKenzie, Abraham Pole tries; Kody Edwards 3 con, pen) Auckland Development 22 (Simon Fauoo, Michaile van Wyk, Josh Wheeler tries; Viliami Sipa 2 con, pen)

Counties Manukau 27 (Chay Mackwood, Salesitangi Savelio, Zachary Smith tries; Tala Potifara 3 con, 2 pen) Manawatu 22 (Trevahn Ta’ufo’ou 2, Awatere Kiwara, Michael Halatuituia tries; Josh McIntyre con)

Waikato 67 (Charles Alaimalo 2, Sam Cooper 2, Jack McConnell 2, Samipeni Finau, Logan Karl, Jonty Powers, Siave Seti, Quade Tapsell tries; Kaea Hongara 6 con) Heartland 5 (Moses Pearce try)

Southland 29 (Henry Earland, Kalani Elder, Ben Paulin, Taniora Raniera tries; Ben Pope 3 con) Northland 22 (Nikau Graham 2, Jayden Leaupepe tries; Graham 2 con, pen)