St Kevin’s College First XV coach Robbie Breen says few, if any, positives can be taken from his side’s loss to the Otago Boys’ High School Second XV on Saturday.
The sides met in the Otago premier secondary schools competition second-tier championship final at Bishopcourt, where the Oamaru side went down 41-7. Breen said his side “saved our worst for last”.
St Kevin’s was dominated in all aspects of the game against an Otago Boys’ side that bore little resemblance to the same outfit St Kevin’s played a few weeks earlier, Breen said.
“They had a clear plan to disrupt our ruck and we didn’t react well. They were allowed to, as well, and we just weren’t able to get into any kind of rhythm.
“It was a dubious penalty after halftime when we were hot on attack and down 19-7 that really swung the game away from us and that was all she wrote.”
It was now a matter of focusing on the next game, Breen said.
“This isn’t one where anything positive can come from it. It’s one of those ones you just have to flush and move on from, and look forward to bigger and better things.
“We didn’t want to be in that game. We wanted to measure ourselves against the best and in the end that game was for seventh and eighth and we’ve come eighth.”
St Kevin’s reversed its fortunes on Wednesday, beating Wakatipu High School 31-10 in the Otago co-education schools tournament in Oamaru. It faces South Otago High School in tomorrow’s final in Balclutha.
The winner of that game will play the top co-educational school from Southland in the Highlanders First XV competition regional final.
The Waitaki Boys’ High School First XV plays the Otago Boys’ High School First XV in Dunedin in the regional semifinals of the national top four rugby tournament. John McGlashan College plays Southland Boys’ High School in the other semifinal.
The top two schools from Otago and top schools from North Otago and Southland are selected for the playoffs. The regional tournament winner plays the winner of the Canterbury-based Crusaders First XV competition.
Waitaki Boys’ coach Wayne Kinzett said his side was well rested after a few weeks off.
“We’ll be fresh and it will take a wee while for things to get together, I would say. Otago Boys’ have come off a final so they’ll be tired, but because they’re playing regularly week in, week out it might be a bit of a challenge for us, but the boys are up for it.”
Otago Boys’ High School First XV scored deep in injury time to seal a dramatic 24-17 win against John McGlashan College First XV to claim the Otago premier schools final on Saturday.