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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Hato Pāora 1st XV finally topple Te Aute.

After many years of fierce rivalry between the only two Māori boys boarding schools Hato Pāora 1st XV defeated Te Aute 1st XV 15 - 7 at Te Aute College today the 19th of June 2010. The teams seemed evenly matched with Hato Pāora leading 10- 7 at half time. Hato Pāora's two tries were scored by Vallance Katipa and Taylor Haimona-Young. Taylor also converted and kicked a penalty goal.

One thing that stood out to me during this game was Hato Pāora's defence and never give up spirit that held through to the end, keeping an endless onslaught from Te Aute at bay for the last 7 minutes of the game. When the final whistle was blown, hands were thrown in the air in celebration and joy. They had finally did it, toppling the unstoppable Te Aute 1st XV after many years (more than 10) of playing against them. Congratulations and now its time to catch up to Te Aute!