The Counties Manukau Roller Mills have finished fourth at the Northern Roller Mills Tournament which was played in Cambridge from 10-15 October.
Playing in Pool A against Auckland East, Waikato, Northland and King Country, the boys battled through many tough games, finishing fourth on the table, after losing to Auckland West in the semi-finals.
However, head coach Phil Howell said the team played very well.
“They’re an outstanding group of young boys,” he said. “Fourth is the highest Counties has ever finished.”
He said the boys had a great time playing in Cambridge.
“They thoroughly enjoyed it. They’ve made lifelong friendships and memories.”
The team were winners of the 2017 William ‘Bill’ Carson Memorial Cup for sportsmanship on and off the field.
Brooklyn Nathan and Blake Manning were also selected in the 2017 Roller Mills Tournament Team.
“There was great family support on the sidelines and great support from the two camp mothers, as well,” Phil said.
In the first round played earlier in October, Counties Manukau lost 43-5 to Auckland East. They managed a successful winning streak in the following rounds, beating Northland Rugby 29-24, thrashing King Country 77-0 and gaining a narrow win over Waikato 13-12. A 17-12 loss to Auckland West from Pool B in the semi-finals resulted in a final placing of fourth.
Auckland East went on to win the NRM competition for 2017.