In another action packed game the 18s put on a display of speed and power. The Muriwhenua Kuaka were the form team going into the final. However, finals are all about the day, the event and the emotion.
Marist were able to capture the emotion in a positive manner. Marist Brothers were lead forward by powerhouse back-row James Fisher-Harris, but it was a display of team work that confirmed the title for Marist, with tries being shared on both the left and right side and by the pack.
The Muriwhenua team showed glimpses of their brilliance and flair coming alive with 20 minutes left to play. They bought the deficit back to 6 points, but Marist had answers to their every move finally locking out the game 34 – 26.
Marist Brothers – 34: Tries: Ben Munro, Soko Malalua, Pana Matiu, Michael Slade, James Fisher Harris, Justin Koia. Goals: Pana Matiu (2), Shae Currie (3)
Muriwhenu Kuaka – 26: Kapene Ripokoi, Nopera Matthews, Peter Smith, Homish Pomare, Allan Heighway. Goals: Kerisitiano Arona (2), Michael Larkin
Click here to see a video of the Marist opening haka.
Click here to see a video of the presentation and acceptance speeches.
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