MT ALBERT GRAMMAR
MAGS are not a wildcard, in the strictest sense, having won 22 1A titles, but they did place seventh last season with a young side. That youth is now maturing into Year 12-13 rugby men of quality, so this unit has the goods to crack the semifinals. There are chips off the ol’ All Blacks blocks in halfback Salyn Tonu’u (son of Ofisa) and centre Caleb Clarke (son of Eroni), MAGS’ athletics champion. “Last year we were young, but we’ve got 20 returning, zero new to the school, so we are 100 per cent about development. That young team has matured as a group,” says Moon. The First XV has been put through pre-season paces by Keven Mealamu at his Takanini gym, so should be in top shape to play the MAGS style, physical then expansive.
RIGHT: TONGAN THOR Daniel Tupou was a marked man on and off the field for SHC in 2014.