KFC curtain raiser: MAGS v Hastings

KFC curtain raiser: MAGS v Hastings

Mount Albert Grammar School (MAGS) couldn’t ask for better preparation ahead of the Sanix World Rugby Youth tournament than a hit-out against Hasting Boys High School.

MAGS are heading to the international invitational tournament in Japan in just over a week, but not before meeting their rugby counterparts from Hastings Boys High School in this weekend’s KFC curtain raiser at Eden Park, ahead of the Blues’ round-eight clash with the Hurricanes.

The curtain raiser is a re-match of last year’s national secondary schools final, which saw MAGS grind out a gritty 14-13 win over their Hawke’s Bay rivals in wet conditions down in Palmerston North.

“Hastings are a powerhouse rugby school,” said MAGS coach Geoff Moon. “They’re such a good, strong team, so they’ll be tough to beat. It’s ideal preparation for Sannix, where we’ll have to play six games in 12 days.

“Half our team is gone from last year, which is what happens with school rugby. So the next group are looking forward to playing on Eden Park for the first time, and then sticking around to watch the Blues beat the Hurricanes afterwards.”

With a number of former MAGS students currently filling the Blues ranks – including Steven Luatuta, Sonny Bill Williams, Alex Hodgman, and Josh Goodhue – there’s a good chance that you’ll be seeing some of these players again in future years.

Kick-off is at 5pm.

MAGS team list:

1. Oliver Shepherd

2. Soanne Vikena

3. Roderick Puafisi

4. Luka Klubien

5. Jack Casey – Pickering

6. Terrell Peita

7. Chay Mackwood

8. John Latu

9. Ben Young

10. Katene Clarke

11. Harley Maynard

12. Kahurangi Morehu

13. Noah Foster

14. Joel Cobb

15. James Strickland

16. Amon Langi

17. Craven Martin

18. Devon Dudding

19. Mikaere Wiki

20. Taiki Ando

21. Dylan Moon

22. Samuel Milo

23. Leo Rusher

24. Carlos Muru

25. Charlie Lorenz

26. Adrian Lorenz

Coaches: Geoff Moon, Kerry Baker, Carl Perry

Manager: Angelica Shepherd

Assistant Manager: Anthony Curry

Physio: Tawhai Whitehead

Sponsor: Barfoot and Thompson Mt Albert

Hastings team list:

1. Posala Hunt

2. Damarus Hokianga

3. Kianu Kereru-Symes

4. Tane Hohipa

5. Donovan Mataira

6. Liam Udy-Johns

7. Jeriah Mua

8. Devan Flanders

9. Folau Fakatava

10. Lincoln McClutchie

11. Trent Hape

12. Danny Toala

13. Dennon Robinson

14. Kini Nasolo

15. Gideon Kautai

16. Latu Amani

17. Corban Kireka

18. Ray Finau

19. Aiden Fleming

20. Sam Taylor

21. Latrell AhKiong

22. Jordan Thompson-Dunn

23. Reno Jardine

24. Michael Naitokani

Coaches: Mark Ozich & Tafai Ioasa

Manager: Jason Bird

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