Rugby: Edwards following in father's footsteps

St Kevin's College flanker Rory McNamara is under pressure as he safely takes in the high ball...
St Kevin's College flanker Rory McNamara is under pressure as he safely takes in the high ball against Otago Boys High School at Carisbrook on Saturday.
Otago Boys' High School fullback Liam Edwards is following in his father's footsteps by dominating the scoring in the Highlanders First XV competition.

Bruce Edwards was a Pirates kicking machine in Dunedin premier rugby 20 years ago and scored more than 100 points in five seasons from 1986 to 1990.

His best tally was 177 in 1990.

Liam has been tutored in kicking from a young age by his father and demonstrated this at Carisbrook on Saturday when Otago Boys' thrashed St Kevin's College 104-3.

Liam Edwards
Liam Edwards
He scored 44 points with four tries and 12 conversions to take his tally for the season to 92 from three games.

Liam (18), in his second year in the First XV, was a strong runner from the back and a skilled counter-attacker.

Otago Boys' scored 16 tries.

It has amassed 258 points in three games and only conceded three.

The other key players in the rampaging Otago Boys' team were strong-tackling openside flanker Brodie Hume, who made four turnovers, and halfback Kurt Hammer, who scored two tries and was dangerous with his sniping runs from the base.

The other unbeaten teams after three rounds are Southland Boys' High School, King's High School and Gore High School.

Kings had a solid 26-10 win over South Otago High School in Balclutha.

It scored two early tries but became sluggish after this and led only 14-5 at the break.

Strong talk by coach Darryl Paterson at the break made the difference and King's came out firing in the second spell to add two more tries.

Key players for King's were fullback Dan Fowler, who scored two tries, prop Ayden Lloyd, No 8 Junior Fa-Vae and halfback Caleb Gray.

The young South Otago team had a solid defensive game with midfield back Johnny Sargent, openside flanker Bryce Vreugdenhil and wing Jeremy Gray being effective tacklers.

Verdon College won its first game of the season when it beat Central Southland College 26-13 in Invercargill.

In other games, Gore beat Dunstan High School 24-17, Southland Boys' beat John McGlashan College 52-0, and Waitaki Boys' High School beat Kavanagh College 19-5.

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