Kate may have won on the water, but it’s William who’s king of the rugby field.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave their primary school rippa rugby teams a pep talk before they duked it out at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday, and it was Prince William’s Clutha team in red who took home the win.
Despite having the support of the duchess and All Black captain Richie McCaw, home town team Pirates lost 30-20 in a ripper of a final.
The royal couple are now even in the sports stakes after Kate won their America’s Cup yacht race in Auckland on Friday.
Sunday’s game consisted of two seven-minute halves, with the traditional break for oranges in the middle.
During the break, McCaw said he was impressed with the skills on the field.
The stadium hosted a crowd of about 10,000, who braced the chilly southern air to see the royals.
A number of local children entertained the crowd before the duke and duchess arrived with dance and musical numbers – including the tour’s first rendition of Lorde’s “Royals”.
Earlier in the morning, Kate wore a teal outfit by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead – her first Kiwi look of the tour – with a matching hat by British milliner Jane Taylor to attend a church service at Dunedin’s St Paul’s Cathedral.
She also wore the platinum and diamond silver fern brooch she’d worn when the royals arrived in Wellington a week ago.
But she switched her look for the stadium, donning a casual pair of tight-fitting pants and a cream woollen jumper from British designer Jonathan Saunders that matched her team’s white T-shirts.
Next the royal couple will head to Queenstown for wine tasting at Amisfield Winery and a jet boat ride down the Shotover River.