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The National Secondary Schools Rugby League Knockout Championship will run throughout August and September 2004. The school teams taking part in the Nationals have earned their place by playing in Secondary School competitions in their areas throughout New Zealand and now go forward to compete for the 2004 champions title. Last years champions, Kelston Boys High School, will this year, get a very tough draw as they were surprisingly beaten in a very close final by St Paul's College 14-12 who have rebuilt their side this year to take out the Auckland Provincial Title. Wainuiomata High School have, again, dominated the Wellington region and could be a very good bet to make the final, if they can get passed Canterbury's Aranui High School who have had a very strong Rugby League side in the past. Northland College are not to be under estimated either, and could prove to be the dark horse of the competition after their upset in the Northland Provincial final when they beat Whangarei Boys High School. Teams have been seeded on the competition format in each province and St Bernard's College, Otaki College and Hamilton Fraser College are the new schools to take part this year.
Nelson College vs St Bernard's Winner vs Waiopehu College Northland College vs Winner --- Winner [Tasman] [Wellington] [Manawatu] [Northland] vs W B H S vs Fraser H S Winner vs Auckland two Kelston B H S Otaki College vs Winner --- Winner [Nthland] [Waikato] [Auckland] [Horowhenua] vs --- Winner
St. Pauls [Auckland] Seeding based on history of competion in regions.
First team in draw is at home. [Semi - Finals to be decided] Final in Auckland, curtainraiser to Bartercard Cup final. Saturday 18 / Sunday 19th September.
Competition has been sanctioned by the NZ Secondary Sports Council.
The games are scheduled midweek and are to played at the host school. [Lunch time in most cases.]
35 minutes each way. 5 minutes half time.
Host school to provide aftermatch food and refreshments.