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Mt Albert Grammar win NZ first XV title

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/09/2016

Mt Albert Grammar have been crowned national secondary school rugby champions after beating Hasting Boys' High School 14-13 in a tense final in Palmerston North.

In a spectacle ruined by wet weather, the Auckland school led 8-3 at halftime, helped by their lone try to flanker Isaiah Papali'i.

Hastings Boys' High School, who hadn't lost a game all year, could only cross for a consolation converted try in the final play of the game, to loose forward Jeriah Mua.

It is the third time Mt Albert Grammar have claimed the national title and the first since 2010.

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