Good hit-out for Waitaki first XV

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The annual pre-season Quadrangular Rugby Tournament in Timaru at the weekend proved a perfect final hit-out for the Waitaki Boys’ High School 1st XV ahead of next weekend’s opening round of the Fulton Hogan Highlander’s competition.

The tournament featured Press Cup sides Roncalli College and Christ’s College and fellow Highlanders competition team Southland Boys’ High.

Waitaki Boys’ came out strong in their opening match against Roncalli, dominating their Timaru rivals in most parts of the game. The side was rewarded with a much-deserved 27-7 victory.

First XV coach Ryan Bambry said he was happy with the result.

“We did the fundamentals well and played well for the whole match, which was pleasing.”

Bambry was confident the side had a sufficient build-up to next weekend.

“These games are what we needed to finish the pre-season off. Games against strong opposition to see where we are at.”

Next up for the side was its match against Christ’s College, of Christchurch, one of the stronger Press Cup sides.

The boys started well and led the match with 15 minutes to go, but some silly mistakes proved costly as Christ’s came from behind to win 25-17.

“I was bitterly disappointed with this result. We were ahead until the last 15 minutes, then we let it slip. We should have been unbeaten at the tournament and defeated our third Press Cup side during the pre- season.”

However, Bambry said positives remained from the loss.

“I am happy with our fitness and the depth of the squad. If any of the boys are under-performing, then we know we have the depth to replace them, which is great.”

Waitaki Boys’ did not face Southland Boys’ who won the tournament after beating both of the Christchurch sides.

Waitaki play James Hargest College, of Invercargill, in the opening round of Fulton Hogan Highlanders Competition at Milner Park on May 10.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY