12 August 2017
Clear but windy conditions greeted both teams at Rongotai College for the 5th position match in the 2017 WelTec premiership.
Rongotai toke the opportunity to use some of the younger players for this game with 8 of the starting 15 in years 11 or 12.
Playing into wind in the first half Rongotai got off to a good start when after sustained pressure Christian Brown playing his first starting game scored in the left wing corner to open the scoring after 8 minutes, try was unconverted.
Kapiti then slowing used the wind to pin Rongotai deep in their half and after a number of penalties conceded by Rongotai they scored a try from a 5 meter lineout drive, try was converted and Kapiti took the lead after 15 minutes.
A great breakout from Steven Va'a should have resulted in another try to Rongotai but that chance was not taken and Kapiti swung back onto attack and in the 26th minute they kicked a penalty to move out to a 10-5 lead.
The penalty count continued to mount against Rongotai giving Kapiti the opportunity to put pressure on the Rongotai try line and right on halftime Kapiti scored their second converted try to take a 17-5 lead into the break.
The clear message at the halftime break was to use the conditions and keep Kapiti pinned in their half. The boys were quick to respond when Mitchell Gough scored after 3 minutes, with the normal goal kicker Matiu off the field with an injury the conversion was missed but Rongotai were back in the game.
More pressure from Rongotai resulted in a try to replacement prop Iaka Johnson which again was unconverted but after 45 minutes the score was 15-17
Rongotai were able to continue to play smart rugby and more pressured resulted in another unconverted try to captain DJ Taiopu after 54 minutes and Rongotai regained the lead 20-17.
Credit to Kapiti as they fought back and the last 15 minutes became an even affair with Rongotai showing improved defensive discipline to hold Kapiti out and hold on to get the win 20-17 and lock down 5th place.
Coming back from a long injury layoff Apostle Salanoa having his first start at number 8 was full of energy and supported blindside flanker DJ Taiopu and openside William Rua well in attack and defence. Mid field back Steven Va'a was dangerous with the ball in hand and kicked well for field position in the second half.
While finishing 5th was not the goal for the season the future looks good for the Rongotai College 1st XV. 15 players who have taken the field for the 1st XV during this season are young enough to return next season and the U15 team had one of their best seasons in a while losing narrowly to St Pats Town in their semi final.
We thank our sponsors NZIS for their continued support this season.
Finally we thank the parents, Rongotai College staff, Canteen and all other supporters for your loyal support over the season.
5 August 2017
Last Saturday Rongotai College hosted St Pats Town in the last round robin match of the local 1st XV competition.
Rongotai got off to a good start when Matiu Samuel picked up an intercept to score a try that he converted after 5 minutes. St Pats replied with a try in the corner which was unconverted and after 11 minutes Rongotal held a 7-5 lead. Rongotai then dominated the next 10 minutes and were rewarded with a try to Shaq Fiso which Matiu converted for a 14-5 lead. Rongotai then got back onto attack and came close to scoring another try but the ball was lost forward over the try line. St Pats came back and were awarded a penalty which was successfully kicked to leave the halftime score 14-8.
The second half was a completely different story with St Pats dominating territory and possession which they turned into unconverted tries in the 40th & 50th minute and a converted try in the 60 minute mark to run out 27-14 winners. As was been the story of this season it was another inconsistent performance from Rongotai which resulted in a 5th place position after the round robin games and well off the pace for the top 4.
The last game of the season is this Saturday against Kapiti College which is the playoff for 5 & 6 with the winner getting an easier draw for the 2018 grading games. Kick off is 1pm at Rongotai College.
31 July 2017
Rongotai College 1st XV traveled away to Porirua College for their round #8 WelTec Premiership fixture.
With a semi final spot gone and returning after a 3 week break they were slow to get into their work. With an obvious set piece and territorial advantage Rongotai made poor decisions through their backline and squandered several try scoring opportunities. Fullback Reon Paul finally crossed for the first try out wide after the backs had moved the ball to the widest point. More territorial dominance and scrum demolition enabled Rongotai to have the lions share of possession and the weight of this told again with a try to winger Sui Filemoni crossed for a try out wide with first five Matiu Samuel adding the extra 2 points. Playing with the wind meant Rongotai could pin Porirua College in their own territory with a good kicking game and Rongotai were able to turn the field position into pressure - something they have been working on as apart of their game strategy. Porirua were keen to move the ball quickly and from anywhere given their 'nothing to lose' attitude. This was to pay dividends when they scored two quick tries to bring the scores back to 12 -10. Rongotai quickly regrouped and a try to industrious openside flanker William Rua and conversion to Matiu saw Rongotai take a 19-10 lead into halftime.
Rongotai played into the dying breeze in the second half and started to get into their work rolling their sleeves up once again dominating territory and possession. Matiu Samuel crossed for a try which contributed to a personal haul of 13 points and William Rua crossed for his second after several periods of sustained pressure with Matiu adding the extras.
Next Saturday sees Rongotai end their 2017 campaign with their traditional fixture against St Pats Town for the Oriental Rongotai Trophy. This will be played at Rongotai College at 2:30pm
We would like to see as many supporters as possible as we round out our season.
1 July 2017
Once again overcast weather and a heavy and greasy field greeted both teams for this round 6 WelTec Premiership match at Scots College. Both teams were coming off round 5 wins, with Scots still unbeaten after a tough 14-13 win over Wellington College and Rongotai winning in unconvincing fashion over Hutt High.
In the opening minutes of the game Scots dominated possession and territory and although Rongotai had the a number of chances to relive pressure by using use the breeze in the first half, Scots finally broke the defence and scored the opening try after 10 minutes, conversion made it 7-0. Scots then returned back to attack the Rongotai try line and at the 15 minute mark they scored another converted try to extend their lead to 14-0. Again more pressure from Scots resulted in another unconverted try after 21 minutes and they had a commanding 19-0 lead. At this stage of game Scots had not allowed Rongotai to get in the game and the limited possession that Rongotai had was unable to be turned into any real pressure.
An error from Scots after the restart finally allowed Rongotai to get decent field position and the Rongotai forwards started to put the bigger Scots forward pack under pressure and after patient build up captain DJ Taoipu drove over the try line to score the first points of the day for Rongotai, Matiu kicked the conversion and after 30 minutes the score was 19-7. From the restart Rongotai went straight back onto attack and launched a number of drives close to the Scots try line but were not able turn the pressure into points and the halftime score remained Scots 19, Rongotai 7.
The opening 20 minutes of the second half became a real arm wrestle with both sides largely cancelling each other out, though in fairness to Scots their backline looked the liveliest and with the breeze at their back they slowly started to take control and were rewarded with their 4th try of the game after 60 minutes to take a 24-7 lead.
The last 10 minutes became pretty messy as the heavy field conditions started to take its toll on both sides but Scots were finally able to hold onto the ball for long enough to score another unconverted try right on fulltime to push the final score out to 29-7 in their favour.
The positives for Rongotai was at set piece time both the scrum and lineout functioned well with locks Conrad Taafuli and Bebe Brown who came on as a replacement half way through the first half having good games.
The result of this game simply means that every remaining match starting with Wednesday’s traditional against St Pats Silverstream is a must win otherwise a top 4 position will be unlikely to be achieved. This team is very capable of doing this and I am sure that we will see a performance from the boys that reflects the level of desire and intent that they have in the school, jersey and community that they represent.
Once again thanks to all the supporters that came to watch, see you on Wednesday at Rongotai College
24 June 2017
Overcast weather and a heavy and greasy field greeted both teams for this round 5 WelTec Premiership match at Rongotai College.
For Rongotai this was an absolute must win game with a bonus point if they were to stay in the hunt for the all important top 4 positions. Hutt High have struggled in their long awaited return to premiership college rugby so Rongotai were strong favorites to win and had some confidence after a good display the previous week at Wellington College.
In the opening minutes of the game Rongotai were quick to build pressure on the Hutt High try line and were rewarded when William Rua finished off good forward pressure to open the scoring with a try close to the posts which was converted by Matiu Samuel, 7-0 to Rongotai after 3 minutes and off to a good start.
Perhaps scoring so early on lulled the Rongotai team into a mindset that this would be an easy victory because the next 20 minutes saw Rongotai revert to the display we had seen at Kapiti College a couple of weeks ago. Rongotai were getting caned at penalty time to hand possession and field position to Hutt High and when Rongotai did have the ball, dropped and forward passes stalled any momentum.
Hutt High kicked a penalty to make the score 7-3 after 10 minutes. It was only a piece of individual skill from Jason Tuitama that produced Rongotai's second try after 15 minutes which Matiu converted to take a 14-3 lead.
More pressure from Hutt High was rewarded when they drove over for an unconverted try to close the gap to 14-8 after 20 minutes.
The next 10 minutes were again dominated by mistakes by both teams in the greasy conditions and it was only another break out from Jason Tuimata that resulted in his second try close to halftime, try was unconverted and at halftime Rongotai had an unconvincing 19-8 lead.
The first half display from Rongotai was simply not good enough and the coaching staff made it very clear that much better was needed in the next 35 minutes.
Five minutes into the second half a break down Rongotai's right hand side was finished off by full back Reon Paul who put a perfectly executed kick chase to score in the corner, try was unconverted, score 24-8. Five minutes later another break out from the Rongotai backs resulted in Reon's second try under the post, conversion pushed the scoreline out to 31-8.
After that the Rongotai forwards really started to dominate at scrum time, putting plenty of pressure on the Hutt High forwards and it was again only simple mistakes that stopped the score line blowing out.
Another break down the right hand side was finally finished off by replacement winger Jonathan Tuilaepa to make the score 36-8 after 55 minutes.
At the 60 minute mark Shaq Fiso was rewarded with a strong game by crashing over for a try after a determined run with Matiu landing an excellent conversion to make the final score Rongotai 43, Hutt High 8.
Although the second half performance from Rongotai was better and Hutt High never really looked like scoring again, Rongotai will have to put a better 70 minute performance together next week when they are away to top of the table Scots College who edged Wellington College 14-13.
Once again thanks to all the supporters that came to watch, see you next week at Scots College.
17 June 2017
Good conditions greeted both teams at Wellington College for this traditional clash.
Rongotai were coming off a very poor performance against Kapiti College last week and were keen to put on a far better display against one the traditional power house rugby colleges.
In the opening minutes of the game Wellington had a mid-field scrum and put the ball in the hands of their backs and they broke through the Rongotai mid field defence to score a converted try to open the scoring.
Straight after the restart Rongotai swung onto attack and dominated the bigger opposition forward pack. Rongotai were rewarded for their dominance when number 8 Shaq Fiso showed his power to crash over for a try that was converted by Matiu Samuel.
After a period of play that had mistakes from both teams Rongotai capitalised on an error from Wellington inside their own half and centre Jason Tuitama showed some individual brilliance to turn the Wellington defence inside out and scored under the posts with Matiu landing the conversion to take a deserved 14-7 lead.
Deep in the first half Wellington attacked and breached the Rongotai defence to score in the right-hand corner although there were some questions raised about the last pass being forward. The try was unconverted and at halftime Rongotai held a slender 14-12 lead.
The start of the second half saw Wellington slowly start to dominate field position and they earnt a close-range penalty which was kicked to give them a 15-14 lead.
Although the scrums were evenly contested, Wellington started to dominate at lineout time which gave them a good supply of ball and Rongotai were forced into some desperate defence to hold their try line. The pressure from Wellington eventually lead to a break and well taken unconverted try gave Wellington a 19-14 lead going into the last 15 minutes.
Wellington again were able get field position and after a period of sustained attack on the Rongotai try line they won a penalty which also resulted in a puzzling yellow card against William Rua, the penalty was kicked and Wellington’s lead extended to 23-14 with less than 10 minutes left.
Despite being down to 14 players Rongotai attacked the line of Wellington and were given a very kick-able penalty with only 2 minutes. If the kick had been successful this would have brought Rongotai back into bonus point territory. The on-field decision was to run the ball and despite going close several times Rongotai were not able to cross the line and at fulltime the score was Wellington College 23, Rongotai College 14.
It was a vastly improved Rongotai performance from last week, the front row of Tama Kirk, Mitchell Cough and Taha Cockran were very strong at scrum time and they carried the ball strongly and consistently bent the Wellington defence.
Shaq Fiso had a strong game and captain for the day William Rua continues to impress with his workout on attack and defence.
Steve Va’a and Jason Tuitama always challenged the mid field defence of Wellington with only some desperate ankle taps stopping some promising attacks. Full back Sane Chut returned kicks with his typical aggressive running.
Congratulations go to Mitchell Cough and Taha Cockran who both played their cap games and to Jason Aulelio who started his first game for the Rongotai College 1st XV.
Next game is at home against Hutt Valley High. This is an absolute must win game for Rongotai as they look to stay in race for the top 4.
10 June 2017
Well, what a difference a week can make!!
3 June 2017
On Saturday Rongotai College hosted the Wairarapa College 1st XV for the first time in many years for their traditional fixture for the Half Century Cup in the 2nd round of the WelTec Premiership. Both teams had a very similar preseason with both competing in the Hurricane Schools festival and 1st round wins in the local competition.
27 May 2017
20 May 2017
On Saturday Rongotai College 1st XV played Hastings Boys High School in the final leg of the Tranzit Hurricanes Pre-Season Festival of Rugby out at Fraser Park. In cold and wet underfoot conditions. Rongotai College took on the 2016 National runner's up Hastings BHS. who came into week 3 off the back of a 100+ point thrashing of St Pats Town and an earlier 40 point scoreline v Wairarapa College.
Rongotai were slow out of the blocks and let Hastings get their game of width going almost from the outset. With All Black Waisake Naholo's brother Kini on the left wing, having already scored 19 tries pre-season, looking to enhance his reputation, gave everyone a glimpse of what all the hype is about. Hastings scored 7 tries before the break, all of them with good execution of players knowing their individual roles and sheer pace and power. All but 2 were scored out on the touchlines.
During the first half, Rongotai put together some good passages of forward play and at times had the better of the forward exchanges. RC looked good when the ball was carried by the forwards. With key backs, Steven Va'a, Jason Tuitama and Sane Chut either currently injured or unavailable it was left to players with very little experience to toil away against a rampant and much more experienced backline.
Following the break Rongotai looked every bit their opposites equal with defence that shut down their space and time and strong forward play and a better one on one defence. Rongotai controlled time well as well as some territorial gains. Shoulder injuries to Andrew Eng and Matiu Samuel meant they dipped well into the backline resources. Hastings scored early after the break and it wasn't until the last play of the game that they crossed the chalk again. Rongotai can be pleased with their second half effort, reducing the visitors to a 0 -12 scoreline. However the damage had been done in the first 35min.
Not getting a win was disappointing and only putting together periods of play that were impressive across the 3 games limited their opportunities. However bearing in mind the fact that the other Hurricanes teams play in a very good Super 8 competition at least they have had a taste of this level of competition for the first time.
It is back to playing in the newly revamped 10 team WelTec Premiership that is made up of Wellington, Rongotai, St Pats Town, St Pats Silverstream, Scots, Wairarapa, Porirua, HVHS, Kapiti and Tawa.
The 2nd XV completed their grading games at the top of their pool with a 19 - 17 win over Newlands. Rongotai now has the opportunity to play in Premier 2 instead of the usual Premier 4. This is a reflection of both teams working closely together during the pre-season phase. Congratulations to their coaches, Thomas and Troy.
13 May 2017
6 May 2017
Thanks to Luke Davidson for the match report. Great start from the boys staying competitive throughout!
Was a hard fought match for both sides from the first kick off to the last whistle of the game. Rongotai playing 8 U16 players in the 23-man squad today made great impact in the game. Rongotai started the match with the opening kick off of the game to a Napier side who were ready to bring the physical, with good defence coming early from one of the many young players in the Rongotai side.
First try of the match going to Napier from a Rongotai mistake near the try line, taking full of advantage of it by scoring at the other end of the field. Rongotai got close with with a kick in the corner to set up a maul from a line out and were unlucky not to get a try.
Nice hard defence through out the game with the captain showing why he has got the title by leading from the front in the lineout and winning turnovers in the rucks for his troups to attack the Napier line. The team had a lot of go forward with 3-4 phrases at a time and making their way towards the try line.
Matiu Samuel was kicking into open space for his players to run onto and managing the game to control tempo Rongotai got on the board with a penalty.
Napier scored another 2 tries in the 1st half, all coming off small mistakes and just taking full advantage of them.
With Napier Leading 17-3 the squad knew what they had to do and time to fix their mistakes and get tighter around rucks and keep the pressure on, keeping the comms up as it was great at times and lacking at other and filling the gaps on defence and staying on a body. The back line was working well and making a lot of tackles with Andrew Eng making a lot of important tackles and slowing down the Napier attack with the rest of team. Punching attack coming off the forwards heavy work around field, making tackles and runs.
A great try for Sui in the corner off a scrum and quick hands out to the winger to get a 5 pointer. Napier scored again in the half to take it to 22-8.
Rongotai had many chances to score more points. They play a bloody great game and this was a good hit out to have before the start of the season. Many players doing their job and playing with confidence, including Conrad and Bede who were great in the lineout and part of a strong tight 5. I’m looking forward to the next game to keep seeing the team improve and joy the game that the love.