Topics: Koroneihana, Rugby, Tainui

Tāmaki Māori claims Tonga Mahuta Shield for 2015

  • Auckland
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

Ngāti Maniapoto was beaten by a strong Tāmaki Māori side (Auckland) who took home the Tonga Mahuta Shield at this year's Koroneihana sporting event. 

Auckland kicked off the scoring with swift play down the blind side and not long after, the halfback was off and running.

Playing to the whistle was the reason for their third play, but Te Kawau Mārō crossed with a dummy pass. 

A line break followed, which led to the right winger crossing the white line in the corner.

In the second half Ngāti Maniapoto was close to scoring, however, the next pass was intercepted by Auckland, with the fullback running the length of the field. 

Soon after, the flood gates opened for the Auckland side, eventuating in an overall score of 50-16.

Tristan Waipouri (Tainui) of the Tāmaki Māori side says, "I think it all came down to building that foundation at the start with the forwards just laying that platform for the backs and I guess just complementing what they done for us." 

Auckland will look after the Tonga Mahuta Shield until next year's Koroneihana event.

Other results from the Koroneihana sporting events are as followed:

Rugby League: The Waikato Māori took out the Tumate Mahuta Cup.

Waka Ama: Mark Malaki-Williams won the fastest man paddler and Nicky Kingi won the fastest paddler for women. Desmond Daniel took the junior men's out and Koha Alofa Vitolio won the junior women's section.

Netball: Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa were crowned champions in the secondary school section. Team H2 won senior A and Iwi United won the premier grade.

Touch:  Okapu Marae won the children's section. Waiuku Māori Sports were the winners for the social grade and Waiwhakaata took out the whānau and champion sections.