Mt Albert, Kaipara proves best in Westie Pie School 10s

Mt Albert, Kaipara proves best in Westie Pie School 10s

Mt Albert Grammar repeated their victory while Kaipara College won the inaugural female competition at the 2016 Westie Pie Invitation Secondary School 10s Tournament.

The competition attracted 27 schools, a significant increase from the inaugural competition last year, hosted by the Blues and North Harbour Rugby at North Harbour Stadium.

The boy’s semifinals and final and girl’s final were all played on the main field as a lead-up to the Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Jaguares.

Mt Albert Grammar were too strong for a plucky Westlake in the boys final, bagging five tries to one to win 29-7.

They led 10-0 at halftime and added three more tries in the second 10-minute stanza with Westlake scoring late in the game.

The introduction of a female competition proved a major hit, with Kaipara College coming from behind to take out the final 14-7 over Tangaroa College.

Tangaroa College, from Flat Bush south of Auckland city, took the lead with a converted try in the first half.

Their aggressive defence kept the Kaipara side at bay, despite the Helensville-based school enjoying considerable possession.

That weight of possession proved the key when midway through the second half Kaipara found space wide out on the right hand flank to score under the posts and even the battle.

With fulltime up on the clock Kaipara spread wide from inside their own half, with enough speed on to out-flank the cover for the match-winning try.

Blues high performance director Tony Hanks said the tournament showed a marked improvement in numbers and quality.

“The addition of the girls was excellent while the two boys teams in the final showed real quality and understanding of the game,” Tony said.

“The tournament is set to become an important part of the pre-season for colleges in our Blues region, and the competition throughout was more even this year.”