April 17 1988
Good win for Auckland in South Pacific Championship.
Auckland, after beating New South Wales at home the previous week, continued their good start in the South Pacific Championship with a handsome 39 – 10 win over Queensland in Brisbane.
Nothing changed over the coming weeks. Auckland won all five of their South Pacific matches to take out the Championship, and indeed went on to win all of their 17 matches during the season and of course retain the Ranfurly Shield.
Auckland’s 1988 South Pacific Championship results:
v New South Wales. Won 38 – 19. Kirwan (2), Harris, Wright, Stanley, Z Brooke tries. Fox 4 con, 2 pen.
v Queensland. Won 39 – 10. Z Brooke (2), McCahill (2), Wright, Rush, A Whetton tries. Fox 4 con, pen.
v Wellington. Won 58 – 0. Kirwan (3), A Whetton (2), Fatialofa, Morton, Stanley, Z Brooke, Wright tries. Fox 9 con.
v Canterbury. Won 26 – 15. Z Brooke (2), G Whetton tries. Fox con, 4 pen.
v Fiji. Won 27 – 7. Z Brooke (3) tries. Fox 3 con, 3 pen.
Points For 188, Against 51.
Note: The South Pacific Championship was one of a small number of international competitions that New Zealand provincial unions were involved in in the 1980s and 1990s before rugby went professional in 1996.