Waitaki riding high

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Floreat Waitakia indeed.
Waitaki Boys’ High School rugby celebrated one of the better 24-hour periods in its history with a trio of outstanding results last week.
It started, of course, with the 19-8 win over St Kevin’s College in the Blood Match that returned the coveted “Peanut”, the Leo O’Malley Memorial Trophy, to Waitaki Ave on Friday.
The best younger players at Waitaki Boys’ backed that up on Saturday with a 22-8 win over King’s High School in the Otago schools Colts final at Milner Park. Waitaki went through unbeaten in the Colts competition, which has run alongside the Otago First XV competition.
The school made it a memorable three from three with a 64-32 shellacking of King’s in the First XV game that followed the Colts final.
There may have been a few bruised bodies after the Blood Match but the men in black, high on confidence after beating their cross-town rivals, showed no signs of being weary.
Waitaki led 38-7 at halftime and finished with 10 tries.
Bullocking centre Funaki Lavemai backed up his excellent performance on Friday with another strong display of power running, and scored a hat trick of tries.
Reserve prop Scott Hawkins was into everything when he joined the fray, and Jake Mathews and Daniel Halaholo controlled the game well in their stints in the No 10 role.
Waitaki Boys’ now plays the Otago Boys’ High School Second XV on July 23, before hosting a semifinal on July 30.
Four Waitakians ┬áLavemai, prop Peter Armstrong and loose forwards Sailosi Vea and Josh Hayward along with exciting St Kevin’s College first five Levi Emery are attending a Highlanders schools camp this week.