St Kevin’s College will host Menzies College at Murray Field in round three of the top eight pool in the Highlanders First XV competition tomorrow.
Menzies were one of two teams to down SKC in the round-robin stage, the other being the formidable Otago Boys’ who remain undefeated and will lock horns with Waitaki Boys’ High School on Wednesday at Milner Park.
Coach Justin Fowler said his side had not trained together until yesterday and will have another session today in preperation for Saturday’s visitors.
“Due to the holidays we have not had a training since before the Waitaki game. Our first training is tomorrow (Thursday afternoon) and we have another one on Friday (today) morning,” he said.
“This is not ideal preparation but it is something we have to deal with as a number of our boys are boarders and live out of town.”
Fowler said he believes his team had improved since their tightly contested 16-15 loss to Menzies in May.
“We lost to Menzies in the first game of the season and I believe our game has developed a lot since then,” he said.
“There is nothing in particular that we have focused on since then, as we have been working on all aspects of our game.”
St Kevin’s are injury free with skipper Jacob Coghlan and Matthew Vocea now firing on all cylinders but expect a difficult encounter.
“There are no injury problems with any of the players,” said Fowler.
“We expect Menzies to be very strong up front, as they were last time and they have a couple of backs that are very capable of causing our defence problems.”
St Kevin’s College; William Sunderland, Liam Perriam, Paea Palaa, Chris Kearney, Keegan Anderson, Michael Lockley, Cole Ryan, Jacob Coghlan, Brodie Flannery, Brady Kingan, Lukairnn Holden, Siua Ngalo, Matthew Vocea, Connor Newlands, Josh Macauley, Fergus Smith, Kelepi Funaki, Scott Weir, Antonio Misiloi, Alex Collier.
Saturday’s Highlanders First XV fixture;
St Kevin’s College vs Menzies College, Murray Field, 1pm.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Prop William Sunderland was in fine form in St Kevin’s last outing against Waitaki Boys’ High School, scoring two tries.