Prem dev squad top of table

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Pakuranga’s Cameron James about to offload pass to Marcelle Tausinga. Photo The Game Photography Brad James

The Premier Development (PDs) side has finished top of the table winning the Tramways Memorial Cup after beating East Tamaki 29-19 in the last game of the round robin.

Also locked away in the cabinet is the Lawrie Knight Challenge Cup, a Ranfurly Shield-esque cup the PDs have held since winning it from University in Round 5 in 2021. The team remains undefeated on home ground Bell Park.

The U21 Cannons have also finished top of the table winning the Whetton Brothers Trophy after they sneaked past Papatoetoe to finish 2 points ahead following their impressive 34-17 victory over University. The Cannons have been firing all year and earlier in the season picked up the Sir Wilson Whineray Challenge cup, locking it away for the year.

Moving on to the finals the PDs and U21 Cannons both take on College Rifles at Bell Park, a great achievement for the club to have two senior teams competing for the top prize. With the round robin still going for the U85kg Black Panthers, that squad too is also in the hunt for a top four finish.

A challenging season for the premiers sees them missing out on competing for the top prize as the prems have finished the round robin in 8th position. The prems will now travel to Marist to play in the jubilee semi-final.