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Nuku’alofa – October 6, 2021: 4.05pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Ha’akame Broncos Junior rugby league teams claimed both the Under-14 and Under-16 titles in the SPZ rugby league tournament at the Apifo’ou College grounds last Saturday.

The Maroons showed they were a class of their own in the two different grades.

In the Under-14 grade the Broncos defeated St Andrew High School 16-16, Fanga Warriors 26-8, St Andrew’s High School 26-4 and Lapaha Knights 14-0 in pool play.

They then stopped the Fanga Warriors 14-6 in the semifinals and thrashed St Andrew’s High School 20-4 in the final.

Action from the Broncos vs Warriors clash last Saturday at the Apifo’ou College ground. Photo: Nuku’alofa Times

In the Under-16 the Broncos beat St Andrew’s 14-12, beat Fanga Warriors 18-12 and defeated the Lapaha Knights 14-10 in pool.

In the semifinals they defeated Fanga Warriors 18-14 in sudden death and beat the Knights from Lapaha 14-10 in the final.

For their efforts both Ha’akame teams went home with a total of $1,000, thanks to SPZ.

Here are the full results: 

Saturday 25/09/2021:

Round 1 Lapaha Knights vs Fanga (Bay of Princess) Warriors

  1. Under 16: Knights (8) vs Warriors (4)
  2. Under 14: Knights (18) vs Warriors (12)

Round 2 Ha’akame Broncos vs St. High School

  1. Under 16: Broncos (14) vs SAH (12)
  2. Under 14: Broncos (16) vs SAH (16), Referee ceased the game due to “verbal abuse” from the crowd
Fulltime as players leave the field

Round 3 Ha’akame Broncos vs Fanga (Bay of Princess) Warriors

  1. Under 16: Broncos (18) vs Warriors (12)
  2. Under 14: Broncos (26) vs Warriors (8)

Round 4 Lapaha Knights vs SAH

  1. Under 16: Knights (10) vs SAH (4)
  2. Under 14: Knights (4) vs SAH (18)

Saturday 25/09/2021:

Round 5

  1. Under 16: Knights (10) vs Broncos (14)
  2. Under 14: Warriors (4) vs SAH (26)
Action from the Warriors vs Broncos clash last Saturday at Apifo’ou

Round 6

  1. Under 14: Knights (0) vs Broncos (14)
  2. Under 16: SAH (10) vs Warriors (6)

Semi Final rounds

 

    1. Under 14: Warriors (4) vs Broncos (16)
    2. Under 14: Knights (6) vs Broncos (14)
    3. Under 16: Warriors (14) vs Broncos (14); very good match for our Fanga boys!! Draw, after full time, then additional 5 minutes; Broncos scored and making the points: Warriors (14) and Broncos (18)

Final Rounds

    1. Under 14: Broncos (20) vs SAH (4)
    2. Under 16: Knights (10) vs Broncos (14)
A Fanga Warrior try coming up as Broncos players gave chase but to no avail

Price monies:

  1. Ha’akame Broncos won both under 14 & 16 age groups, a total of $1,000 of price money;
  2. Saint High School won 1st runner up for the under 14, a total of $200 price money;
  3. Lapaha Knights won 1st runner up for the under 16, a total of $200 price money

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