St Kevin’s College is humming after two rounds of the Otago premier schools rugby competition.
The Oamaru co-ed school made it convincing back-to-back wins to start the season with a 59-12 thumping of King’s High School Second XV on Saturday.
Openside flanker Paea Fifita led the way with four tries, while cousin Tupou had another big game in the front row.
Halfback Ramesh Khatri provided quick and accurate service in what coach Robbie Breen described as a “pretty complete” performance.
St Kevin’s has had a relatively generous draw and faces its toughest challenge when it plays Dunstan High School this weekend.
Waitaki Boys’ High School had the weekend off as it played a midweek game in Dunedin that doubled as a competition game and a traditional interschool.
King’s High School, which won the Otago premier schools title last year, grabbed a narrow 16-15 win, reflecting Waitaki’s improvement from last year and perhaps the fact it is a rebuilding year for King’s.
Wingers Kadin Turner and George Parker scored tries for Waitaki, while Mason James added a conversion and a penalty.
Ironically, the most damage for King’s was done by an ex-Waitakian, Logan Wilson, who scored a try and kicked three penalties for his new school.
Waitaki coach Wayne Kinzett said his side made too many errors and did not adjust to some rush defence from King’s.
The Waitaki set piece was again promising, prop Jacob Davies and flanker Drae Hirama were strong on defence, halfback Ikenasio Taefu covered a lot of ground, and loose forward Jacob Pledger was outstanding.