Prince William triumphs over wife in New Zealand rugby match

The winning tag rugby team lift the cup in front of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The rugby tournament was the latest event in the couple's 19-day tour, which will also take in Australia

The Duke of Cambridge sealed victory over his wife the Duchess of Cambridge when the couple coached opposing rugby teams during their tour of New Zealand.

The royal couple went head-to-head in a tag rugby tournament for youngsters in Dunedin, in the South Island.

The duke punched the air as he claimed victory in the final on Sunday - coming days after his wife beat him in a yacht race in Auckland.

And he teased his wife, mouthing to her "Next time, next time".

The trip to the city of Dunedin was the latest leg of the couple's 19-day tour, which will also take in Australia.

Baby speculation

Meanwhile, back in Britain the headlines in Sunday's papers focused on speculation the couple could be expecting a second child.

It came after a well-wisher who presented Prince William with a lace shawl for Prince George said she was encouraged to make a second baby gift.

Cynthia Read said the prince told her during their meeting in the town of Cambridge on Saturday: "You might have to make another one soon."

"The way William said it, it was like he was dropping a hint, letting me in on a secret," she said of their conversation.

However, the royal couple later travelled to Queenstown where they went to a wine tasting.

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Media captionDuchess of Cambridge said how nice it was to drink alcohol again, after abstaining during her pregnancy

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, in Queenstown, said Kate took several sips and told people how nice it was to be able to drink alcohol again since her son was born.

A message was being sent, he said - the story was wrong.

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Image caption The duke and duchess were piloted through a steep canyon on a jet boat

After the wine tasting, the duke and duchess enjoyed one of New Zealand's most popular tourist attractions - speeding along in a jet boat on the Shotover River.

The jet boats race along in water just a few inches deep, nip between trees and close to obstacles before veering away at the last minute.

'Something special'

Earlier in Dunedin, thousands of cheering fans watched the rugby final at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, following a day-long Rippa rugby tournament for five to seven-year-olds.

Rippa rugby is a non-contact form of the sport designed for primary school children, with players ripping a flag from the belt of an opponent instead of tackling them.

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Image caption The duke did not hide his delight after his team roared to success
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Image caption Prince William teased his wife over the win in their latest head-to-head during the tour
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Image caption The duchess gave plenty of encouragement to her team ahead of their match

The pair spoke at length with their respective teams ahead of the match and cheered them on from the sidelines. Afterwards, they presented medals to all of the teams involved.

Huriana Manuel, captain of the New Zealand women's rugby sevens team, joined the prince in supporting the winning Clutha team from South Otago.

"He brought something special to the team - he's lost a few competitions to his wife and he really wanted to win," she said.

"He said to the kids, 'Make sure you go out there and enjoy yourself', and the win followed from that."

Sunday service

Earlier, the royal couple attended a Palm Sunday service at the city's St Paul's Anglican Cathedral where they were greeted by crowds of well-wishers.

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Image caption The duchess received a traditional Maori welcome called a "hongi" from five-year-old Mataawhio Matahaere Vieint at Dunedin International Airport
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Image caption The couple attended a Palm Sunday service at St Paul's Anglican Cathedral in Dunedin
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Image caption They were greeted by crowds of locals outside the service

The tour has so far seen the royals race yachts, attend a state reception and visit a parent and baby class with their son Prince George in New Zealand before they head to Australia later this month.

The trip is due to end on 25 April in Canberra.

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