Game with All Blacks high­light at rippa

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Com­ing sixth place in the New Zealand Rippa Rugby Na­tion­als was an awe­some coup for the St Marys year 5 and 6 team but play­ing bullrush against the All Blacks was the peak of the tour­na­ment.

The young side trav­elled down to Wellington for the com­pe­ti­tion on Septem­ber 8 and 9 after three qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ments held in Toko­roa and Hamil­ton ear­lier this year.

St Marys Pu­taruru went through as the top team to rep­re­sent the Waikato re­gion, and cer­tainly proved their worth com­ing sixth out of the top 20 teams in the coun­try.

They took off to a rip­per of a start, qual­i­fy­ing in the top eight and mak­ing the quar­ter­fi­nals after day one.

But in a tough match up against Bay of Plenty they lost the quar­ter which ul­ti­mately saw them play off for fifth and sixth against Otago – another close loss.

Coach Greg Fladgate said it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for his play­ers, one that pro­vided so many firsts in­clud­ing the plane trip down and meet­ing and play­ing games against the All Blacks.

Touch down: St Marys Pu­taruru proved their worth at the Na­tional Rippa Rugby tour­na­ment in Wellington, com­ing in at sixth place.

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