Giving it everything

Waitaki Boys’ High School first five Tyree Manaia prepares to punt during yesterday’s First XV interschool against Timaru Boys’ High School.

Despite putting up a good fight, Waitaki Boys’ fell 50-7 at Milner Park in Oamaru.

Waitaki strung together some nice offloads, resulting in their only try through winger Eli Johnson.

From there, it was an uphill battle as it was forced to defend for most of the game.

Waitaki trailed 24-7 at halftime.

Timaru Boys’ piled on three late tries

Coach Mark Wilson said Waitaki ‘‘punched above our weight’’ against a very strong opponent.

‘‘We did create some opportunities. All in all, very proud of them against a team that is a very, very good rugby side and very big.

‘‘I thought our boys were pretty beaten up but they really stuck to it right until the end.’’

The interschool is believed to be the longest continuous school sports exchange in the southern hemisphere.

It was played before a small crowd under Alert Level 2 restrictions.

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