Fruean Shield play­ers show en­ergy and skill

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

The Rob­bie Fruean Shield may be in its fifth year, but the man him­self is still hum­bled by the oc­ca­sion.

Fruean was the guest of hon­our as schools from Porirua East and Ti­tahi Bay North played a round-robin rugby tour­na­ment at Porirua Park last Thurs­day.

Rangikura School won a cracking fi­nal, beat­ing Can­nons Creek School 20-10. Holy Fam­ily School edged Glen­view School 15-10 in the plate fi­nal.

Fruean – who will con­tinue his Su­per Rugby ca­reer with the Cru­saders next sea­son – at­tends each year.

The Glen­view School and Porirua Col­lege old boy said watch­ing play­ers from his old stomp­ing ground was a joy.

‘‘It’s an hon­our to see th­ese guys play­ing for some­thing that’s be­come very close to my heart,’’ he said.

‘‘The com­pe­ti­tion seems to be grow­ing and I still get a buzz from com­ing along.’’

Fruean had only had a week off rugby after his busy ITM Cup cam­paign with Hawke’s Bay, and spent it catch­ing up with fam­ily and friends in Porirua.

He said he was happy to be back in Cru­saders colours, after ‘‘a bit of a rocky road’’ re­cently.

Shield or­gan­iser Dun­can Mur­ray said eight schools and 160 chil­dren took part.

Break­ing up­field: Foe Apinelu from Tairangi School on the charge.

Cham­pi­ons: Rangikura School, win­ners of the Rob­bie Fruean Shield for 2014, with the man him­self.

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