Sunday, December 10, 2023

Bitter end to PURC season, U21s’ faultless campaign 

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PURC’s premier and premier development men both had tough losses to strong Ponsonby sides at the weekend. Times Photo / Wayne Martin

For two consecutive seasons, the Pakuranga United Rugby Club’s (PURC) U21 men have finished their campaign at the top of the ladder. 

This year was a bit more spectacular than last however, with their win on Saturday marking their 12th consecutive victory- a faultless, unbeaten season. 

They will be confident as they gear up for the top trophy in U21 club rugby, competing for the Arthur Bayliss Cup, a cup that they fell agonizingly short of in 2022, going down to Marist 20-6. 

The season didn’t end so sweet for the PURC premier men and premier development men however, both losing to strong Ponsonby sides. 

Despite missing out on contention for their second Gallagher Shield victory, the PURC premier men will have a semi-final of their own this weekend as they are favourites for the Jubilee Trophy (silverware for fifth place). 

After their fifth-place finish in regular season, the premier men will host Papatoetoe in the Jubilee Trophy semi-final and, should they win, will play either Suburbs or College Rifles in the final. 

With the PURC premier development men also finishing in fifth place after their season, they will compete for the Peter Fatialofa Cup as they face College Rifles in their semi-final.

PURC Weekend Results 08-07-23 

PURC Premier Men vs Ponsonby 

HT: PURC 3 – Ponsonby 14 

FT: PURC 3 – Ponsonby 33 

Other Premier Men Results: 

Marist 5 – University 47 

College Rifles 5 – Manukau Rovers 31 

Eden 24 – Papatoetoe 27 

Otahuhu 12 – Suburbs 23 

Waitakere City LBD – Grammar TEC WBD 

Auckland Club Rugby Premier Men Standings 

PLACE  TEAM    PLAYED  WON  DRAWN  LOST  POINTS  + / – 
1  MANUKAU ROVERS    12  11  1  0  56  + 462 
2  PONSONBY    12  11  0  1  54  + 195 
3  GRAMMAR TEC    12  9  0  3  48  + 288 
4  UNIVERSITY    12  10  0  2  48  + 273 
5  PAKURANGA    12  8  0  4  39  + 226 
6  SUBURBS    12  7  1  4  35  + 23 
7  COLLEGE RIFLES    12  6  0  6  30  – 27 
8  PAPATOETOE    12  5  0  7  27  – 94 
9  WAITEMATA    12  4  0  8  26  + 51 
10  MARIST    12  3  0  9  17  – 204 
11  OTAHUHU    12  2  0  10  11  – 321 
12  EDEN    12  1  0  11  8  – 250 
13  WAITAKERE CITY    12  0  0  12  0  – 622 

PURC Premier Reserve Men vs Ponsonby 

FT: PURC 25 – Ponsonby 36 

PURC U21 Men vs Waitemata 

FT: PURC 19 – Waitemata 12 

Pakuranga Rugby Fixtures 15/07/23: 

Arthur Bayliss Cup Semi Final 1 – PURC U21 Men vs Manukau Underdogs U21 Men – 1pm (Bell Park). 

Peter Fatialofa Cup Semi Final 1 – PURC Premier Development Men vs College Rifles Premier Development Men – 1pm (Lloyd Elsmore Park, Field 5). 

Jubilee Trophy Semi Final 1 – PURC Premier Men vs Papatoetoe Premier Men – 2:45pm (Bell Park). 

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