St Kevin’s College will travel to Otago Boys’ High School tomorrow for their last fixture of the Highlanders First XV round- robin stage before the teams are separated to the top eight and bottom six.
SKC’s top eight place is not yet secure despite five consecutive wins, with their only loss coming in a tightly-contested tie with Menzies College in week one.
St Kevin’s record maybe impressive but Otago Boys’ remains faultless, with six wins from six.
OBHS handed South Otago High School a 97-7 hiding in their round six clash and disposed of Christ’s College 60-8 in Tuesday’s interschool.
SKC coach Justin Fowler said training had run smoothly in the build-up to his side’s toughest test of the campaign.
“The First XV have been training well this week. There have been a few boys away sick but we expect to have everyone available for the game, with the exception of Michael Lockley who is still injured,” he said.
Fowler said his players would relish the challenge against one of New Zealand’s finest secondary school sides, but insisted his team would not be in Dunedin just to make up the numbers.
“There is no doubt that Otago Boys’ will be a tough challenge and we are looking forward to it. It is a great opportunity to test ourselves against one of the best teams in the country and we are excited about the challenge. We are not going down there to get beaten and we want to put them under pressure and if we can do that, it will be interesting.
“Otago Boys’ have attacking options all over the paddock but we expect they will play a forward-orientated game due to the wet ground conditions at Littlebourne,” he said.
Although a loss may not be detrimental to SKC’s aspirations of claiming a top eight placing, Fowler said his side did not want to rely on other results.
“It is an important game for us to enable us to qualify for the top eight,” he said.
“There is a possibility that we can still make the top eight if we lose on Saturday and it will come down to who has the better points differential between us and South Otago.”
The round seven tie will kick off at 1.30pm at University Oval.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Siua Ngalo in action during St Kevin’s 6-0 victory over Dunstan High School last weekend.