Waitaki Boys’ High School fell to a tightly-contested 19-14 loss to Southland Boys’ on Wednesday, having led for much of the Highlanders First XV tie in Invercargill.
Waitaki already had a top eight spot secured before kick-off and will now eagerly await the draw on Sunday.
Coach Ryan Bambry praised his side for booking a place in the top eight amongst some strong competition.
“We’ve had some negative things said about us, but we’ve had a very difficult draw. We’ve made top eight so we’re happy to be there and it ticks off a mini-goal,” he said.
“We’re confident that if our consistency week-to-week improves, then we will give ourselves a chance of being there at business end.”
Bambry said his side had plenty to work on but had faith in his players to perform well in the next stage of the competition.
“We’ve had quality opposition so to grab 19 points out of it is positive for us,” he said.
“There is an enormous amount of work to do,but the character of our individuals enables me to be confident moving forward.”
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: PAULA SYMES – Kieran McClea in action for Waitaki Boys’ High SCagainst Southland Boys’ High School on Wednesday.