Waitaki Boys’ will host St Kevin’s in the Highlanders First XV competition at Milner Park tomorrow.
Waitaki kicked off their campaign with a 36-15 victory over James Hargest College in round one while SKC fell to a tightly contested 16-15 defeat to Menzies College in their opener.
Last week’s round two fixtures saw St Kevin’s notch their maiden win in an impressive 65-0 downing of a young Central Southland side as WBHS fell to a 36-30 loss to King’s High School in Dunedin.
Waitaki Boys’ coach Ryan Bambry said his side had prepared well for the tie and it was imperative to focus on the points rather than the sense of occasion this fixture would invoke.
“Preparations have gone well. Local rivals so obviously motivating them isn’t an issue,” he said.
“(It’s) extremely important to focus on the fact it’s a Highlanders comp game, and we need the points as we have big ambitions in this league.
“St Kevin’s beat us last year, so it won’t bother them coming across town to play us. We know we have the arsenal to beat them but they too will think the same about themselves, so it should make for an exciting game.”
SKC coach Justin Fowler said retaining possession would be important in what could be en explosive encounter, and that preparations had gone well.
“(Preparations have been) not too bad. We’re not talking about it too much, we’re just approaching it as a normal game.
“Handling the press (will be important) and keeping possession. We haven’t named the starting line-up to keep the boys on their toes. It should be good.”
Saturday’s Highlander First XV fixture:
Waitaki Boys’ High School vs St Kevin’s College, 1pm, Milner Park.
By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD
CAPTAIN’S EXAMPLE: Jacob Coghlan played an integral role in St Kevin’s 65-0 victory over Central Southland College last Saturday.