Premier southern schools battle to draw

The South's two secondary school rugby giants have battled to a stalemate.

Otago Boys' High School drew 14-14 with Southland Boys' in the first XV match at Littlebourne in their traditional interschool yesterday.

In a tight and physical game, the home side was forced to absorb a lot of pressure in the first half. It went to the break tied at 7-7.

Southland Boys' took the lead at 14-7 not long after, but Otago Boys' remained patient and hit back late in the game.

Otago Boys' had a tough shot at goal from close to halfway to win in the dying minute but it fell short.

Otago Boys' High School flanker Josiah Lesa fends off Southland Boys' High School centre Junior Lafoga during their interschool match yesterday afternoon. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Otago Boys' High School flanker Josiah Lesa fends off Southland Boys' High School centre Junior Lafoga during their interschool match yesterday afternoon. Photo: Gregor Richardson

The draw denied Southland Boys' a third consecutive interschool win over Otago Boys'.

 

Despite the draw, the overall interschool finished in a resounding 6-1 win to Otago Boys'.

Its second XV claimed a handy 38-14 win and its basketball side romped home 112-73 on the back of 32 points from Nathan Hanna.

Its football first XI won 3-2, the hockey first XI got home 1-0 and the debating team also won.

Southland Boys' only win came in the smallbore in which it emerged a 734.21-709.9 victor.

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