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Some close games were played out in the Otago premier schools competition as the grade split into three sections on Saturday.
In the top four, Otago Boys' High School first XV beat King's High School 26-11 at King's High School, while in the other game, Southland Boys' High School got home 19-14 against John McGlashan College in Dunedin.
Otago Boys' picked up a bonus point in the win but King's played well and worked hard on defence. It had failed to score in its other game against Otago Boys' earlier this season so made improvements by getting on the board.
Southland scored early at McGlashan but the home team stuck to the task but could not get in front when it mattered. Southland used its big forwards but McGlashan stood tall.
McGlashan had about 10 minutes near the end to get a score to win or at least draw the game but could not get to the tryline.
Jez Nicholson-Kelly played well in the midfield for McGlashan while Harrison Morton and George Bell impressed in the pack for McGlashan.
King's and McGlashan clash at McGlashan next week.
In the middle four, Dunstan High School scored a try near the end to draw 17-all with Mount Aspiring College. Big prop Tremain Canel scored after a bustling run.
Mount Aspiring hustled its opponent, while Dunstan High School had one of those days when not much went right. But it showed some courage to come back and draw the game.
Centre Aaron McMurray gave his all for Dunstan High School.
In the other game in the middle four, Otago Boys' High School just got home over Waitaki Boys' High School, 22-19.
In the bottom four, St Kevin's College beat South Otago High School 36-3 in the curtain raiser to the Ranfurly Shield game on Friday. In Queenstown, Wakatipu High School beat the Combined co-educational schools team 53-31.
Each team plays the other team in its section once before finals are played on August 17.