Mahurangi College has made the final two years in a row.
The Mahurangi mixed touch team came second at the NZ Secondary Schools Touch Nationals last month.
The team faced old rivals Howick in the final – the same team Mahurangi lost to in the final last year.
Mahurangi inched a try closer to victory this year losing by just one point.
With the score at 7-5 with just two minutes to go, Mahurangi made a final push and scored a try, leaving only 30 seconds on the clock.
A valiant effort was then made to square the match but Mahurangi was just caught short.
This year’s team performed well considering it formed just six weeks before the competition, under coach and former Mahurangi star player, Tama Hawken.
His sister Chrysanthe Hawken was named the most valuable female player in the competition in the mixed grade.
Only the teams from the top five ranked schools qualified to compete at the touch nationals.
The rankings are based on the previous year’s team’s performance.