Waitaki Boys’ High School will welcome the formidable Otago Boys’ to Milner Park tomorrow for round three of the Highlanders First XV competition.
OBHS remain undefeated in a relentless campaign that has seen the disposal of fellow Oamaru side St Kevin’s 66-10 last month and a 43-5 round two mauling of John McGlashan College in greasy conditions.
WBHS coach Ryan Bambry said his side had trained three times throughout the term two holidays with the intention of putting the ‘blood match’ defeat behind them.
“(They) trained three times through the holidays to try and keep the boys focused after the blood disappointment,” he said.
Bambry said his team was well aware of the challenge ahead and that any mistakes would be punished in clinical fashion by tomorrow’s opponents.
“(We’re) under no illusions as to (the) task against Otago Boys’,” he said.
“We missed 33 tackles against St Kevin’s and if it’s that sort of number again on Wednesday (tomorrow), we will be in a world of trouble.”
“Otago Boys’ (have) quality throughout, obviously. They dictate proceedings through their massive pack so our eight need to seriously stand up to them.”
Bambry said focus would be key for Waitaki following some inconsistent performances, but his players were looking forward to the encounter.
“Everything’s in the head for our boys,” he said.
“We’ve shown when the attitude is spot on we play very well, but we’ve also shown how average we can be when the mind isn’t there.
“I’m confident they’ll be there mentally on Wednesday, but if they’re not, then they’ll be standing behind their posts every few minutes, just like every other team that has played them. We’re looking forward to it.”
Waitaki Boys’ High School vs Otago Boys’ High School, Milner Park, 12.30pm.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PUSHING ON: Waitaki Boys’ will look to put the loss to St Kevin’s behind them. Pictured is Waitaki winger Piliu Tavake in action against SKC.