St Paul’s Collegiate thrash Wesley College to notch second win in a row in CNI

St Paul’s Collegiate thrash Wesley College to notch second win in a row in CNI

14 June 2016

St Paul’s Collegiate have made it two wins from two in the Central North Island 1st XV competition.

They beat Wesley College 38-0 on Saturday, their second win over the fiercely proud Pukekohe school this season, following on from their earlier 39-10 triumph in the Chiefs Cup competition.

The difference between the two scorelines was St Paul’s' defence, which their coach Andrew Gibbs paid testament to on Sunday.

"At one stage (Wesley) were hammering away at our line, and they were held up over the line at one point, so it was really pleasing for the guys to see the donut (zero points) next to them at the end of the game."

Next week, St Paul’s are away to Feilding High School, who have also had two wins from two, while St Peter’s Cambridge are back in action, hosting Lindisfarne College.

Gibbs said Feilding should give his side a real test.

"We're happy how we're tracking at the moment. We had a really tough preseason, culminating with the final against Hamilton Boys' in the Chiefs Cup (which they lost).

"We've had a look at how we played and made a few adjustments, and we're starting to find our groove and style as a team.

"(Feilding’s) a massive one for us. I'd argue that they've probably got one of the best back threes in the country, and they can make any team look silly, so containing their big three will be a real challenge for us, as we head down there."

During the week, Hamilton Boys' High School had a bad start to their Super 8 title defence, losing to New Plymouth Boys' High School for the first time in 13 years, 19-16 at the Gully in New Plymouth.

Next Saturday, they host Palmerston North Boys' High School, who lost 40-7 to Hastings Boys' High School this weekend.

In the Counties Manukau-Waikato 1st XV competition, St John’s College have continued their storming run to start the season, beating Matamata College 62-3 and taking possession of the Deon Muir Challenge Trophy.

Cambridge High School also had a win, beating Pukekohe High School 22-8, while Te Awamutu went down 34-10 to Manurewa High School.

Next weekend, St John’s host Cambridge, with the challenge trophy on the line, while Matamata host Te Awamutu.

(Source: ANDREW VOERMAN - Waikato Times)