Te Puke trump Tauranga in Tai Mitchell

Te Puke players in a game against Opotiki earlier in the tournament. Photo: Tracy Hardy.

In an impressive final between Tauranga West and Te Puke, the game went down to the wire, but it was Te Puke who came out on top with a 26-21 win.

Initially it appeared to be a game of two halves, with Te Puke scoring from all areas of the field in the first half to lead Tauranga West 19-7 at half time.

However, in the second half Tauranga West were impressive, and their first five eight was superb under pressure, securing conversions from all areas. With five minutes to play, Tauranga West took the lead at 21-19.

However, a converted try in the corner by Te Puke was to be the deciding factor for the 2017 Tai Mitchell Final.

In other results, Rotorua Maroon were commanding in their win over Rangitaiki to take home the Bill Murray Trophy with a 56-12 victory.


Tai Mitchell Shield Final

Te Puke 26 v Tauranga West 21

Tai Mitchell 3rd and 4th Play Off

Tauranga East 25 v Opotiki 10

Tai Mitchell 5th and 6th Play Off

Whakatane 24 v Tauranga North 17

Bill Murray Trophy Final

Rotorua Maroon 56 v Rangitaiki 12

Bill Murray 3rd & 4th Play Off

Rotorua Gold 34 v Galatea 15


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