With Mount Albert Grammar School giving St Pauls College its first loss all season, Kelston Boys High School came through to finish top of the table as the top four sides were confirmed in College Rugby Leagues Warriors Cup championship on Wednesday.
Playing at home in front of a big and raucous crowd, the Steve Price-coached MAGS side put together its best performance of the year to give St Pauls a rare defeat and did so in stunning style.
It won 24-10 after being in front 24-4 late in the game, so securing a second famous victory over St Pauls in the space of two years.
While that result was unfolding, Westlake Boys High School was hosting Kelston Boys High School. The schools went into the contest locked on five points, Kelston second on points differential behind St Pauls, which started the last round of the minor premiership on six points after two wins and two draws.
Kelston prevailed 22-12 to surge ahead of St Pauls to seven points to become the top qualifier while MAGS levelled up with St Pauls on six points, both teams with the same points for and against differential of plus 22 points.
After the disappointment of an 8-10 home loss to Kelston last week, this was do-or-die time for MAGS if it was to seal a spot in the Warriors Cup semi-finals. In St Pauls it faced a formidable foe knowing only success would do. If it failed all the signs suggested Otahuhu College would beat Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate to claim a spot in the semis at Mount Albert Grammars expense.
Otahuhu duly accounted for Sir Edmund Hillary but MAGS dominated St Pauls with an inspired performance. Outstanding for the home side was Vodafone Warriors development player Nathaniel Roache, who scored two tries, while John Tapuelelu snared a hat-trick.
The upshot of the day was that Westlake, which had performed so well during the season, missed out completely.
The Warriors Cup semi-finals will be played on Wednesday, July 31, Kelston facing Otahuhu and MAGS taking on St Pauls again. The grand final will be played at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday, August 3.
In the Warriors Plate the teams making up the semi-finals are Papakura High School, Tangaroa College, Southern Cross Campus and Papatoetoe High School.
The final four teams in the Warriors Bowl are James Cook High School, Manurewa High School, Aorere College and Mount Roskill Grammar School.
Westlake Boys High School 12 (N Tuala, J Tominiko tries; B McIntyre 2 goals).
Kelston Boys High School 22 (F Pauga, K Blunkell, Z Ioka, S Savea tries; Z Ioka 3 goals).
Halftime: 10-0 Kelston.
Mount Albert Grammar School 24 (John Tapuelelu 3, Nathaniel Roache 2 tries; Sam Lulia 2 goals).
St Pauls College 10 (Tanieva Leka, Xavier Rice tries; Bradley Abbey goals).
Halftime: 10-4 Mount Albert Grammar.
Otahuhu College 16 (W Tauti, K Oneone, V Palaone tries; D Seuala 2 goals).
Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate 7 (P Sopilano try; P Sopilano goal; P Sopilano field goal).
Halftime: 16-7 Otahuhu College.
Final Points: Kelston 7, MAGS 6, St Pauls 6, Otahuhu 6, Westlake 5, Sir Edmund Hillary 0.
Southern Cross Campus 22 (Tevita Veituna, Lisiate Vaihu, Viliami Maamaloa, Akesi Liaina tries; Akesi Liaina 3 goals).
Papakura High School 26 (Tipene Tuirirangi 2, Kameli Vasu, Frank Toutaiolepo, Lucky Faisauvale tries; Arthur Crichton 3 goals).
Henderson High School 4 (Arron Swan try).
Avondale College 12 (Antonio Misaui, Ezekiel Paul, Tapu Pauli).
Halftime: 8-0 Avondale.
Tangaroa College 18 (M Teisi, J Siaosi, J Jackson tries; A Adams 3 goals).
Papatoetoe High School 6 (I Aiga try; B Edmonds goal).
Halftime: 6-0 Papatoetoe.
Final Points: Papakura 10, Tangaroa 8, Southern Cross 5, Papatoetoe 4, Avondale 3, Henderson 0.
Rutherford 16 (Viane Skeen, Jona Waikawa, PJ Heem, Sam Stenson tries).
Western Springs College 0.
Halftime: 16-0 Rutherford.
Mount Roskill Grammar School 18 (Francescus Semi, Nakala Tulimanu tries; Fukino Rakei 3 goals).
Aorere College 8 (Joshua Alofipo, Raiden Fonoti tries).
Halftime: 18-4 Mount Roskill Grammar.
James Cook High School 28 (Hehoa Tupouata 2, Gus Nove, Harry Robertson, Philip Pati-Tamalii tries; Harry Robertson 4 goals).
Manurewa High School 18 (Jacob Diaz 2, Nathan Siafa, David Tusiane tries; Erin Clark goal).
Halftime: 10-6 Manurewa.
Final Points: James Cook 8, Manurewa 6, Aorere 6, Mount Roskill 4, Western Springs 2, Rutherford 2.