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Back off . . . St Kevin's centre Ovini Saro bruises his way past Waitaki Boys' first five-eighth Jake Matthews. PHOTO: PHIL JANSSEN/DAVE BOYLE

Waitaki Boys’ High School claimed early bragging rights in Oamaru schools rugby with a 29-6 win over St Kevin’s College in the Otago First XV competition game at Milner Park on Saturday.

Waitaki led 10-6 after a scrappy first half, and ran away in the second, scoring some exciting tries.

Locked in . . . Waitaki Boys’ lock Lachie Mee waits for the call. PHOTO: PHIL JANSSEN/DAVE BOYLE

Captain Paddy Henwood led from the front for Waitaki Boys’ with some shuddering tackles, and first five-eighth Jake Matthews showed some lovely touches.

For St Kevin’s, lock Korey Patrick worked hard in the tight, and fullback Jaxson MacDonald-Piner always looked keen to be involved.

Waitaki played King’s High School in Oamaru on Wednesday. The local boys showed plenty of gutsy effort, but King’s scored two late tries to win 32-13.

Waitaki hosts Dunstan High School tomorrow and St Kevin’s hosts Taieri College tomorrow.

In with a grin . . . Waitaki Boys’ centre Sione Alofi scores the opening try. PHOTO: PHIL JANSSEN/DAVE BOYLE