First loss for Mount Aspiring

All the schools have something in the loss column now.

Waitaki Boys’ High School inflicted a first loss on Mount Aspiring College in Oamaru on Saturday.

It won 35-7 and leads the standings in pool B of the Otago premier school tournament. Mt Aspiring had a seven-point buffer at the top of pool A and is still well-placed to make the top six.

King’s High School first XV recorded a 24-5 win against Dunstan High School, in Alexandra.

Having suffered losses to Otago Boys’ first XV and John McGlashan College earlier in the tournament, King’s needed the points to stay in touch.

"Ideally, we needed to get five points up there and we got the job done," coach Ryan Bambry said.

King’s led 17-0 at the break but struggled to put Dunstan away. The home team produced some tenacious defence.

"We had a nice tempo on attack but couldn’t deliver any sort of knockout blow. That was a credit to their defence which was really strong.

"But we got four tries in the end," he said.

Powerful No8 Izaak Parata carried the ball strongly and did not wither, despite some heavy tackling. He was keenly assisted by lock Nasili Ikahihifo, who also punched the ball upfield a lot.

South Otago High School beat King’s second XV 62-19,  Otago Boys’ second XV beat Taieri College 31-12 and John McGlashan College brushed aside Kavanagh College 46-0. St Kevin’s College lost 31-12 to Otago Boys’ first XV in Oamaru. Many would have picked a much higher score.

Both Oamaru schools appear to have improved on last season.

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