WGHS down SKC for top four place

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Waitaki Girls’ High School First XV handed St Kevin’s a 48-5 mauling on Wednesday to secure a place in the top four.

Despite the heavy defeat, SKC have also made the the top four of the competition along with Ashburton College and Craighead Diocesan School.

Waitaki will now look to carry their impressive form in to Wednesday’ tie with Craighead, having fallen to a frustrating 12-0 defeat to the Timaru side last month.

WGHS coach Graeme Blackler said it’s up to his players to show how much they want to succeed in the top four stage of the competition following the impressive performance.

“We we’re quite happy, we just clicked as a team,” he said.

“The forwards and backs put on a good display.”

“If we carry on building, it’s not a given, but if we work as a team and they want it, they can achieve it.”

St Kevin’s College will face an unbeaten Ashburton next week, in what looks to be a tough test and injured skipper Kaleisha Jones believes her side must work on the basics.

“We haven’t been starting off well, and we have quite a few injuries,” she said.

” (We need to work on) the basics, missed tackles, shying away from tackles and get our backs passing out wide.

Despite the defeat, Jones said Wednesday’s loss will not have dented St Kevin’s confidence ahead of the blood match curtain raiser on July 4.

“It’s much easier to win after losing, we’ll be coming out thirsty.”

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Waitaki’s Iri Smith in action during Wednesday’s win over St Kevin’s.