Six teams competed in the annual Whiti te Rā league nines tournament at Ōtaki Domain on Saturday, February 27. Playing under bright summer skies and heat, the hosts won the tournament in a local derby final against Rāhui. The Whiti win reversed the Rāhui finals outcome from 2020. Whiti te Rā fielded two teams. Rāhui had one team, along with Victoria Hunters (Victoria University), Wainuiomata Lions and Toa (Porirua). It’s the third time Whiti te Rā has hosted the tournament.