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Try catch me . . . East Otago High School player Bede O'Connell (12) avoids being ripped by an Oamaru Intermediate School player. PHOTO: KAYLA HODGE

Ardgowan School Rippa rugby players have shown they are among North Otago’s best once again.

The school has had back-to-back wins in the year 3 and 4 grade of the North Otago primary school Rippa rugby tournament.

At Centennial Park last Friday, Ardgowan won the same grade as it did at last year’s tournament.

Fenwick School majors won the year 5 and 6 grade, and Oamaru Intermediate rebels won the year 7 and 8 grade.

More than 300 players showed off their skills throughout the day and North Otago Rugby development officer Jason Forrest was blown away by their talent and energy.

“Just some of the talent we have around our region is phenomenal,” Forrest said.

“The understanding of Rippa rugby, and rugby in general, for the kids that don’t play it is very cool to see.”

A lot of the players were also touch rugby players – and those skills transferred over to Rippa rugby.

The day was full of great sportsmanship and a lot of fun for all involved.

“It’s great that the schools continue to get behind days like this.

“It’s just about the kids out there having fun and we have some very, very talented kids around our region.”

He was grateful to the Oamaru business community and the schools for supporting the day.

The union would look at hosting another Rippa rugby tournament at the end of the year.