A familiar face helped the Waitaki Boys’ High School First XV to an important win in the Otago premier schools competition last Saturday.
Winger Joseph Siale, who has returned to Waitaki after a year at Otago Boys’ High School, grabbed two tries in a 31-15 win over South Otago High School in Balclutha.
It was a good win for the improving Waitaki side as it works to ensure a place in the top six when the competition splits.
Halfback George Parker was also on the scoresheet, forwards Jacob Pledger and Tevita Katoa added tries, and Mason James kicked three conversions.
St Kevin’s College had a solid opportunity to make it three straight wins but slipped to a frustrating 30-27 loss to Dunstan High School in Oamaru.
Dunstan raced to a 10-0 lead before St Kevin’s hooker Dylan Garaway grabbed a brace of tries to make it 15-15 at halftime.
For whatever reason, St Kevin’s then went completely off the boil, allowing Dunstan to take control.
Burly forward Samuela Babiau made a big impact off the bench, Garaway completed his hat trick, and the home side had a chance to win the game in the dying seconds, but it was the one that got away.
St Kevin’s plays John McGlashan College in Dunedin this weekend, while Waitaki Boys’ is at home to Kavanagh College.
Cheyenne Cunningham led the scoring spree as North Otago put Green Island to the sword in the women’s club game in Oamaru.
The star fullback scored a hat trick of tries and added six conversions for a personal haul of 27 points in the one-sided romp.
Halfback Lini Kaufana also grabbed a hat trick, flanker Morgan Henderson and second five Georgie McCullough both scored two tries, and Nia Sanft and Dani Pule also scored.
Sarah Crabbe missed the game with a knee injury but the captain will hopefully be back on deck this weekend.
North Otago, a very young side with a good sprinkling of schoolgirls, gets a much stiffer test of its development when it heads to Dunedin to play Otago University this weekend.