St Kevin’s College will play host to Dunstan High School tomorrow while Waitaki Boys’ travel to St Peter’s College in the hope of reigniting their floundering Highlanders First XV campaign.
The two sides had contrasting results last weekend with SKC toppling Mt Aspiring College 31-15 while WBHS fell to a 36-12 defeat to John McGlashan College.
The loss was Waitaki Boys’ third of the campaign but coach Ryan Bambry is hoping his side can find some much needed consistency tomorrow.
“Very mixed season to date, Playing very well in patches and then going away from plans and it’s hurting us,” he said.
“You cant play well for 50 minutes in this comp and expect to win.
“Nevertheless we are confident if we can nail a couple of major work ons then we will get back on track and that has to happen immediately.”
Bambry said his players had prepared well for the clash and are well aware of the importance of tie.
“Training has been good this week. Focus on working on a few weaknesses that are becoming apparent,” he said.
“(The) boys know we’ve got a major job to do away in Gore but if the attitude is there then I’m confident we’ll go well.”
St Kevin’s have remained unbeaten since a narrow loss to Menzies College on the opening day of the season but will me without injured Michael Lockley and Matthew Vocea again.
Coach Justin Fowler said there will be no changes from the Mt Aspiring win and expects a tough encounter.
“No changes made after Mt Aspiring game,” he said.
“We are still, developing a few areas of our game, we expect Dunstan to be good up front as they normally are, tough at the breakdown and they are more than likely going to be a fit side.”
Fowler said he was pleased with his team’s campaign so far but insisted there is still improvements to be made.
“Season is progressing well at the moment,” he said.
“We still have a room for a lot of improvement which is exciting and we certainly don’t believe we are playing as well as we can on a consistent enough basis.”
SKC will kick off against Dunstan at 1pm on Murray Field, while Waitaki kick off at the same time in Gore.
Highlander First XV round five results:
St Kevin’s College 31, Mt Aspiring College 15
James Hargest College 20, Central Southland College 0
Otago Boys’ High School 83, St Peter’s College 6
John McGlashan College 36, Waitaki Boys’ High School 12
Southland Boys’ High School 60, Dunstan High School 10
King’s High School 24, Menzies College 3
South Otago High School 34, Gore High School 5
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Cole Ryan on his way to a try during St Kevin’s 65-0 victory over Central Southland.