Waitaki Herald : July 9th 2014
32 WAITAKI HERALD, JULY 9, 2014 SPORT Ready for battle: Waitaki Boys’ High School perform a haka before their clash with St Kevin’s College. St Kevin’s beat Waitaki in tense ‘blood match’ FROM Page 1 and poor option taking at crucial times, with a lack of territory and possession adding to their woes. A third penalty to Flannery took St Kevin’s to a comfortable 16-0 lead at break, which was further extended by Sunderland, crossing for his second try, after just three minutes thanks to a defensive error from WBHS. Flannery’s ever-reliable boot once again added the extras to take St Kevin’s to 23-0 and the potential for a blowout loomed. WBHS finally got on the scoresheet through centre Loni Fisiihoi after some wellorchestrated play resulted in a well deserved try, but Matt Munro was unable to convert. WBHS put in a much better sec- ond half performance, especially while on attack, while their defensive also improved markedly. However, prop Paea Palaa managed to sneak through at the hour mark to increase St Kevin’s lead to 28-5. WBHS crossed for their second try through Kafa Katoa, playing in jersey 17, five minutes later with Munro duly converting to close the gap to 28-12. Over the line: St Kevin’s prop William Sunderland celebrates the second of his two tries against Waitaki Boys’ High School. It was St Kevin’s who had the final say however, Connor Newlands crashing over in the right-hand corner for a try at the death and a 33-12 lead, which remained after Flannery sent his conversion wide. St Kevin’s coach Justin Fowler was delighted with the result. ‘‘I’m extremely proud, I think they played very, very well,’’ he says. ‘‘I think we probably dominated up front to a degree and we had good width to our game on attack. ‘‘We really slowed them down too, which was very pleasing. ‘‘William Sunderland did very well and Cole Ryan defended very well and made some big tackles. Support: St Kevin’s pupils get behind their team. ‘‘Matthew Vocea was a handful on attack and Paea Palaa came off the bench and made a big impact on the game.’’ Fowler was also proud to have coached the side to consecutive wins and says it’s something he hopes to do more of in the future. WBHS coach Ryan Banbury was ‘‘bitterly disappointed’’ with the outcome. ‘‘I probably got a few things tac- tically wrong as a coach and a few of the boys looked like possums in the headlights. We just didn’t nail our opportunities that we created. ‘‘We didn’t have one (penalty) kick at goal for the entire game and that’s testament to how disciplined St Kevin’s were.’’ Challenge: St Kevin’s College and Waitaki Boys’ High School contest a lineout. Through the gap: Waitaki boys’ High School on attack against St Kevin’s College.
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