Rugby: Coach hails side's outstanding defence

Otago Boys' High School first XV coach Ryan Martin has hailed the "outstanding'' defensive effort of his side after it defeated Timaru Boys' High School 31-6 in Timaru yesterday.

The Dunedin school scored tries to Keegan O'Donnell, Taine Te Whata, Layne Opetaia, Mitchell Mahoni Rae and Sam Dickson, while Burns Mills kicked three conversions as it converted a 14-6 halftime lead into a healthy win.

However, it had to withstand some sustained pressure from the home side and was made to work for every point.

"That was a very tough win. They were very physical and quite a big team,'' Martin said.

"They were up 6-0 in the first 20 minutes and had us under the pump.

"Our defensive effort was absolutely outstanding because they've got some very big ball runners, especially in the backs.''

Centre Sam Jones and halfback Tim Hogan had standout games.

Otago Boys' next match is against the Varsity Blue premier colts side on Saturday.

The King's High School under-15 side recorded a 26-7 win over the touring Brisbane Grammar School under-15s at Bathgate Park on Tuesday.


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