Happy days for Mount Albert Grammar School after springing the result of the week by beating St Paul's College in today's semi-final at the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Rugby League Nationals. Photo: Photosport


Mount Albert Grammar School has upset defending champion St Pauls College to make tomorrows grand final against Kelston Boys High School at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rugby League Nationals in Papakura.


St Pauls came into the nationals after winning the inaugural College Rugby League Warriors Cup championship last month.


En route to beating Kelston Boys High in the Warriors Cup grand final, St Pauls had overwhelmed MAGS 34-22 after leading 34-0 early in the second half of their semi-final.


In todays semi-final at Bruce Pulman Park, St Pauls raced to an early 12-0 lead but MAGS, coached by Vodafone Warriors legend Steve Price, staged an outstanding comeback to win 16-12.


In the second semi-final, the Dave McDermott-coached Kelston Boys High led 12-4 at halftime before holding on to win 18-14.


Mount Albert Grammar will play in its first premiership final while Kelston won the title in 2003. The match is due to kick off at 12.45pm tomorrow.


The final in developing schools competition will be contested by Rotorua Boys High School and St Thomas of Canterbury College.


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Semi-final results today:


Championship: St Paul's College 12, Mount Albert Grammar School 16; Otahuhu College 14, Kelston Boys High School 18.


Cup: Tokoroa High School 20, Papatoetoe High School 18; Tangaroa College 10, Papakura High School 14.


Plate: Westlake Boys High School 34, Kaitaia College 12; Aranui High School 12, Southern Cross Campus 44.


Bowl: Aorere College 42, Henderson High School 20; Taita College 22, Tu Toa College 16.


Developing Championship: Rotorua Boys High School 32, Whangarei Boys High School 10; James Cook High School 28, St Thomas of Canterbury College32.


Developing Placing: Rosehill College 12, Howick College 28; Southland College 22, Northcote College 20.