The Challenge Cup is back!

The Auckland Police Rugby laid down the challenge to Wellington Police (who were the current Challenge Cup holders) and travelled to Wellington on a brilliant Sunny day on 21 April.

The Hutt Rec was the setting for what was to be the first game of Police Challenge Cup Rugby since Covid-19 hit.

Played in outstanding weather and ground conditions, the Aucklanders showed they meant business by throwing everything they had in the opening few minutes. Auckland were rewarded with some strong play with several early tries. Wellington had no answer to a powerful forward pack, led by veterans Roger Dustow, Greg Thomsen and Shaun Mortensen.

Auckland winger Tapu Pauli some tremendous speed and skill to cross the line twice before the half time break.

A different Wellington team emerged after half time and began playing like we knew they could.

A couple of quick tries to Wellington 1st 5 KJ Kelememte gave a glimmer of hope, but Pauli again showed his class scoring two more tries, with several more to the Auckland team.

The final score of 62-26 was a fair reflection of the game and showed that Auckland had put a lot of work in to mount a strong challenge. Auckland were worthy winners.

A massive thanks goes to Wellington Rugby Referee Constable Monique Dalley who officiated, and to Police Sport for their support of  Challenge Cup Rugby.