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- Created: Thursday, 01 October 2015 22:06
Craig Philpott has signed on as coach of the Hawke's Bay Magpies until the end of the 2017 season.
Magpies head coach Craig Philpott signed on for another two seasons during the week and his side almost repaid him with a miraculous last-minute win against Wellington in the ITM Cup last night.
Instead the Magpies had to settle for a thrilling draw against Wellington, but they came close to snatching a win when winger Robbie Fruean dived over for a try at the death to level the scores at 22-22.
Magpies first five Ihaia West’s conversion attempt to win the game was agonisingly close but shaved the uprights at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
The stalemate maintains the Magpies lead at the top of the ITM Cup championship on 30 points, three ahead of Wellington, with both sides are already bound for the play-offs.
The Magpies have a short turnaround and will play Southland in Invercargill this Sunday afternoon. The Magpies’ last game of the regular season before the play-offs will be a Ranfurly Shield blockbuster at home against Waikato on Friday night, October 9.
Magpies Head Coach Craig Philpott agreed to extension to his contract that will sees him stay with Hawke’s Bay Rugby for the 2016 and 2017 ITM Cup seasons.
“Craig has done an outstanding job in the Head Coach’s role with the Magpies to date,” HBRU CEO Mike Bishop said.
In 2013, Philpott coached the Magpies to win the Ranfurly Shield for the first time in 44 years and later that year the team was narrowly defeated in the ITM Cup Championship Final.
“We’re delighted that he has agreed to extend his involvement with Hawke’s Bay Rugby. This announcement along with the fact that the majority of our key players are all re-signed for at least 2016 ensures that the Magpies will have quality continuity throughout the next two seasons as we look to be an ongoing force at ITM Cup level”, Bishop continued.
Philpott was happy to extend his contract.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of coaching at ITM Cup level. Winning and retaining the Ranfurly Shield has enabled the people of Hawke’s Bay to again experience its magic and we as a Magpies squad are very proud to represent the province. I firmly believe that the Magpies can continue to have strong success over the next few seasons and I’m looking forward to being part of it,” he said.
Hastings East's Finn Calder will the ball on day one of the 2015 Ross Shield tournament in Hastings on Tuesday. Today's 'Battle of Hastings' between Hastings East and West looms as a pivotal match in the premier primary school rugby tournament. Photo: Clinton Llewellyn.
Napier and Hastings West are the only two undefeated teams heading into day three of the 2015 Ross Shield primary school rugby tournament at Lindisfarne College in Hastings today.
Both sides are sitting on a maximum of four points after yesterday’s fixtures in the age- and weight-restricted rugby tournament, first contested in 1902. Napier defeated a gallant Wairoa side 39-10 while Hastings West were too strong for Dannevirke, winning by a hefty 57-0 scoreline.
Hastings East bounced back from a 19-5 defeat to Napier on day one to record their first win yesterday, a comprehensive 50-0 victory over Central Hawke’s Bay.
Hastings East and Hastings West face off for the Bill Mathewson Memorial Trophy in the “Battle of Hastings” at Lindisfarne at 3.15pm this afternoon in a pivotal match, which East will need to win to keep in touch with their main rivals.
Today’s other fixtures will see Napier take on Dannevirke at 1pm and Wairoa versus Central Hawke’s Bay at 2pm.
Ross Shield day 2 results:
Hastings East defeated Central HB 50 - 0
Napier defeated Wairoa 39 - 10
Hastings West defeated Dannevirke 57 - 0
Points heading into day three:
H West 4
H East 2
Hastings East player Wesley Akeripa pictured with the ball in his side's 19-5 loss to Napier in their opening game of the 2015 Ross Shield tournament at Lindisfarne Collge in Hastings on Tuesday. Though in a beaten team, Akeripa was a standout scoring his team's only try. Photo: Clinton Llewellyn.
Napier looms as the early favourite to take out the 2015 Ross Shield, after downing defending champions Hastings East on day one of the 113-year-old Hawke’s Bay’s primary school rugby tournament on Tuesday.
After a nine-day deluge dumped the largest amount of rain Hawke's Bay has received in 20 years, the region is finally getting a reprieve.
The Hawke's Bay Magpies' Ranfurly Shield custodians, Jarvy Aoake and Jason Long,after Thursday night's 17-12 win over Auckland. Photo: Clinton Llewellyn
By Clinton Llewellyn
The Hawke's Bay Magpies prevailed 17-12 over Auckland in an epic Ranfurly Shield clash in Napier on Thursday night.