2019 Super 8 1st XV Rugby Competition


Sideline Rewind: 2019 Super 8 1st XV Recap

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The Super 8 formed in 1997, incorporating eight central North Island high schools: Hamilton Boys’ High School, Tauranga Boys’ College, Rotorua Boys’ High School, Napier Boys’ High School, Gisborne Boys’ High School, Palmerston North Boys’ High School and New Plymouth Boys’ High School.

The schools began playing rugby and cricket within the Super 8 framework in 1998 and now 12 codes are represented, as well as including a cultural festival and professional development programmes for management staff and curriculum teachers.

The Super 8 1st XV competition ranks among the most prestigious and highest-quality in New Zealand rugby. Rotorua Boys’ High School were the inaugural winners in 1998, while Hamilton Boys’ High School are the most successful 1st XV outfit in Super 8’s history with 12 titles in 22 seasons. Hamilton Boys’ have failed to collect the Super 8 spoils (or a share thereof) just twice since 2006.

Underlining the competition’s strength, 11 schools from the Super 8 competition have gone on be crowned New Zealand Secondary Schools rugby champions since 1998.

SidelineApp streamed LIVE and On Demand coverage of the Super 8 1st XV for the first time in 2018, a thrilling competition that culminated in Hamilton Boys’ icing an unbeaten season with a 23-22 victory over Napier Boys’ in the final.


We were back again in 2019, providing access to every game for passionate rugby fans and family who were unable to be on the sidelines – and it proved to be one of the hardest-fought Super 8 seasons of recent years.

Hamilton Boys’ High School edged Hastings Boys’ High School for top spot on for-and-against after both teams finished pool play with six wins from seven matches; Hamilton Boys’ 26-3 win over previously unbeaten Hastings Boys’ in the last round-robin match secured first place and home advantage for the final.

Rotorua Boys’ High School – who inflicted Hamilton Boys’ only defeat, an 18-13 upset – and Palmerston North Boys’ High School rounded out the top four, both racking up impressive 5-2 records.

Tauranga Boys’ College, who recorded two wins and a draw, finished outright fifth ahead of New Plymouth Boys’ High School (2-5).

Napier Boys’ High School landed seventh with just a win and a draw to show for their efforts, but they were among the gutsiest teams in the competition – highlighted by agonisingly narrow losses to finalists Hamilton Boys’ (29-28) and Hastings Boys’ (24-21). Gisborne Boys’ High’s winless campaign did not reflect their commitment, which was especially evident in tight defeats to Napier Boys’ (22-19) and high-flying Palmerston North Boys’ (32-25).


The August 10 final in Hamilton was a gruelling, gripping encounter befitting of the regular season that preceded it. The schools boast a fierce recent rivalry, with Hastings Boys’ ending Hamilton Boys’ four-season title streak courtesy of an emphatic 30-8 win in the 2016 final, before the schools shared the 2017 title following a 12-all draw in the decider.

Despite their heavy loss at the same venue a week earlier, Hastings Boys’ proved a formidable visitor in the 2019 final. Hamilton Boys’ opened the scoring through an 11th-minute try to winger Luka Den Hertog, but Hastings Boys’ responded almost immediately through captain and No.12 Jordan Thompson-Dunn after a bust by lock Julian Goerke.

The hosts took a 10-5 advantage into halftime via an unconverted try to hooker Matthew Dobbyn.

Just three points were scored in a second-half arm-wrestle – a 64th-minute penalty goal to Taha Kemara that gave Hamilton Boys’ a crucial eight-point buffer and, ultimately, a 13-5 victory and a third straight Super 8 title.


New Zealand’s move this week into alert level two has sparked hopes of a delayed 2020 Super 8 1st XV competition going ahead. SidelineApp will be on hand to provide LIVE and On Demand coverage of every game – a vital link between the Super 8 teams and their families and fans with limits on crowd numbers likely to extend throughout the season.

Stand by for upcoming announcements regarding the 2020 Super 8 1st XV season.  


To find out how SidelineApp can help as grassroots sport gears up to return in the coming months, contact SidelineApp founder Luke Thompson at luke@sidelineapp.com or 0275260807, or send an email to communications@sidelineapp.com


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