SKC and WBHS take vital wins

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St Kevin’s College and Waitaki Boys’ both notched wins in the Highlanders First XV competition on Saturday.

SKC entertained Gore High School at Murray Field in what proved to be a dominant display.

St Kevin’s have now won their last three ties following the narrow opening day defeat to Menzies College last month but coach Justin Fowler insisted there is still improvements to be made.

“Good performances from centre Matthew Vocea, wing Lukairnn Holden,  first five Brodie Flannery and loose forward Jacob Coghlan,” he said.

“Happy with performance overall but there are  still areas for improvement which is exciting.

“(We) Need to finish off scoring  opportunities that we create more often than we are currently doing, the breakdown is still an area where we are not as clinical or as ruthless as we need to be.”

SKC will play St Bedes on Tuesday in Christchurch in the annual interschool before taking on Mt Aspiring on Saturday.

Waitaki bounced back in style from last weekend’s defeat to St Kevin’s to put unbeaten South Otago to the sword for a 27-18 win on a day of perfect debuts.

Kieran McClea, James Butler and George McLellan all donned the First XV jersey for the first time with McLellan and McClea both scoring tries.

Coach Ryan Bambry said his team needed to react positively to their round three defeat and is now looking ahead to McGlashan College next weekend.

“We were pretty frustrated after last week, we needed a reaction and the boys delivered,” he said.

“Young Kieran McClea made his debut at half-back, he was outstanding, he really pleased us and was our man of the match, James Butler debuted at hooker, he was also outstanding.

Highlanders First XV round four results;

Otago BHS: 23 v Southland BHS: 15 (Wed)

McGlashan: 41 v Menzies College: 6

St Peter’s College, Gore: 48 v Central Southland College: 10

Mount Aspiring College: 19 v James Hargest College: 7

St. Kevin’s College: 59 v Gore HS: 8

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY – St Kevin’s first five-eighth Brodie Flannery performed well against Gore High School on Saturday.

Waitaki BHS: 27 v South Otago HS: 18

King’s HS: 51 v Dunstan HS: 8