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King's High School first XV will host Otago Boys’ High School first XV in front of very few spectators today.
If it had played on Wednesday in school time, every one of the King’s High School pupils, nearly 1000, could have watched — if allowed out of class, and given permission, of course.
The top two sides in the Otago Premier Schools competition did battle in June
with a big crowd watching at
King’s came out on top that day and will be looking to do the double over the visitor today, albeit in front of very few spectators.
The school had followed the Alert Level 2 protocols and will have a very limited number of people watching. The limit on gatherings is set at 100 under Alert Level 2.
The two schools had spread their interschool throughout this week to lessen the disruption to pupils and told spectators to stay away.
Under the Alert Level 2 rules an entire school is considered a bubble. Hamilton Boys’ High School played Tauranga Boys’ College in a first XV match in Hamilton this week. Eyebrows were raised when the end of the game was watched by many pupils, Stuff reported.
But schools and pupils, no matter how big, can all fit in the one bubble.
Unfortunately for pupils of both schools, it is Saturday and school is out. The game will be closed although it will be livestreamed.