It's like a referee's call ... you just take it and move on.Andrew Hui, coach Team and results - Page 21Hastings East Wakely Shield rugby coach Andrew Hui was as surprised as yours truly following yesterday's prizegiving for the week-long under-50kg tournament at Taradale.
Like yours truly, Hui expected another three Hastings East players at least to be named in the paper-only tournament team. Despite his team winning all four of the games and scoring 161 points while conceding 10 just three Hastings East players made the tournament team.
"We didn't let it take the gloss off our celebrations and I was proud of the way our boys handled it," said Hui.
"It's like a referee's call ... you just take it and move on. We had our goal, which was to win the tournament and we got that ... having players named in a tournament team like that one is always a bonus," Hui said.
His troops ended the tournament with a 36-0 demolition job on Hastings West. As had been the case during their previous three outings the Hastings East forwards were dominant and their backs sound on defence.
Inspirational captain and No8 Zane Maxted, who was named captain of the tournament team, again led by example. His team led 17-0 at halftime and captured the Wakely Shield for the first time since 2005.
Prop Christopher Volman and fullback Dylan Kirk were the only other Hastings East players selected in the tournament team. Three players from the second placed Napier East side, were selected along with five from the third-placed Napier West team and four from the fourth-placed Hastings West side.
Fullback Renier Nel and gutsy halfback, George Cranswick impressed for Hastings West.
Napier East secured second place with a 21-14 win against Napier West. Hooker Tyrone Thompson scored two tries in a player-of-the-match performance for Napier East.
Napier East first five-eighth Kalem Duncan and Napier West centre Reece Te Kahu were others to impress in the clash. Duncan, who earlier in the week set a tournament record with 35 points in one game, won the Josh Kronfeld Medal for the player-of-the tournament.
"I wasn't expecting it but getting that as well as being named in the tournament team certainly made up for missing out on the Wakely Shield," he said.
Wairoa, who were winless in their four Wakely Shield encounters, ended their week with a 14-12 win against an Invitation XV yesterday. The Invitation XV was selected so Wairoa wouldn't have a bye on the final day of the eighth annual event.