St Kevin’s College and Waitaki Boys’ High School both notched wins in their Highlanders First XV fixtures over the weekend.
Waitaki’s barren spell came to an end with a 47-7 victory over St Peter’s College in Gore while St Kevin’s churned out a 6-0 win over Dunstan High School, thanks to the ever-consistent boot of Brodie Flannery.
Dunstan frustrated St Kevin’s in boggy conditions with a strong defence.
Coach Justin Fowler said his side’s performance was disappointing and lacked attacking continuity.
“Disappointing performance with ball in hand today,” he said.
“Wet ground made it difficult for us to build momentum and the work Dunstan did at the breakdown meant that we had no real continuity on attack.”
Fowler said he was pleased with how his team held up defensively under some strong Dunstan attack, but they needed to work on the breakdown.
“Our defensive system worked very well, which was pleasing ,and we had to defend our line under some sustained pressure,” he said.
“Major area to work on is at the breakdown. Body position was poor and our attitude was not good enough.”
Flannery was moved from his usual first five-eighth position to fullback and kicked the two vital penalties. Fowler said his decision to move Flannery to 15 offered defensive safety.
“Looking at building some depth at 10 and that is why Brodie was playing 15. Also thought that with the wet ground, Dunstan may kick a bit and Brodie is generally very safe at the back and has a good kick on him.”
Waitaki Boys’ win will stand them in good stead for their inter-school with Southland Boys’ on Wednesday, but coach Ryan Bambry insisted there was still plenty to work on following a lacklustre second half display.
“It was good. We talked about consistency all week,” he said.
“We’ve got some major work ons, but we’re slowly getting there.
“We fell away again in the second half. We didn’t put the foot on the throat. We weren’t ruthless enough.
“Loni (Fisiihoi) had a good game and Matt Munro started well, but we have plenty to work on. We’ll sort it out for three weeks’ time. We have no option.”
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Alex Collier in action during St Kevin’s College’s 6-0 win over Dunstan High School on Saturday.