St Kevin’s College dealt a major blow to Waitaki Boys’ High School’s Highlanders First XV aspirations at Milner Park on Saturday.
The hosts were downed 23-16 with Waitaki’s only try coming from Piliu Tavake.
The homeside gave penalties away in abundance and first five Brodie Flannery didn’t disappoint with the boot as SKC looked to notch their second win of the campaign.
The visitor’s looked technically stronger as Waitaki were punished for some lacklustre passing.
WBHS coach Ryan Bambry said the result was dispointing but his side will be prepared and confident for the annual blood match in July.
“It was disappointing,” he said.
“At the end of the day you can’t win a game with a 17 to three penalty count, we’ll fix that.
“We pushed too many fifty-fifty passes but we’ll be confident in six weeks time.”
St Kevin’s coach Justin Fowler prasied the boys’ efforts but insisted handling errors must be worked on.
“Overall generally pretty happy,” he said.
“(We) defended well for most of the game and nullified Waitaki’s ball carriers more often than not. First-five Brodie Flannery controlled the game well,”
“(We) made some simple handling errors that we need to cut out of our game and we need to be more accurate at the ruck to ensure good front football so our attack can be more clinical.”
WBHS will travel to South Otago High School for their round four fixture while St Kevin’s entertain Gore at Murray Field next Saturday.
See page 13 for more photos of the match.
Highlanders First XV round three results;
Kings High School 7 – Otago Boys High School 60
Southland Boys High School 78 – Central Southland College 0
Mt Aspiring College 24 – St Peters College 10
Gore High School 13 – James Hargest College 7
Dunstan High School 0 – John McGlashan College 38
Menzies College 8 – South Otago High School 15
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD
POWERING THROUGH: St Kevin’s Paea Palaa in action with Siua Ngalo in support at Milner Park on Saturday.