St Stephens and Church College old boys face off on the rugby field

In 2000, St Stephen's College closed its doors, nine years later, Church College followed suit.

They are schools that have a rich history of producing All Blacks and great Māori leaders.

Yesterday, old boys of the two schools went at it in their annual rugby match, with Church College coming out on top 42-19.

The rivalry was clear from the beginning when the challenge was laid.

The real challenge took place on the field, while it's been years since they've played each other, the loyalty and prestige of their schools was prominent.

In the first half, it was Church College who crossed the line first.

Not once but four times.

In the second half, Tipene's tough defence in the middle wasn't enough with Church College carving the edges.

However not long after, Tipene's maul proved too strong.

Norm Berryman would have been proud of his former school's tricky plays.

Even though Church College was in front, St Stephen's had the last word when a gap opened up the middle.

Brigham Nordstrom says, “Both schools are in the similar boat in the sense that they've shut but I guess the memories and the desire to connect is still there.”

So Church College wins bragging rights after thrashing St Stephen's 42-19.

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