St Kevin’s left behind despite victory

There will be some raised eyebrows in Oamaru after the last round of the Otago Premier Schools competition.

The grade has split into a top and bottom six and both Waitaki Boys’ High School and St Kevin’s College recorded wins.

Waitaki Boys’ beat the King’s High School first XV 18-15 in a top six match and St Kevin’s thrashed King’s 2nds 76-10 in a bottom six fixture.

Waitaki Boys’ coach Wayne Kinzett was content with his side’s narrow win.Waitaki  led 7-0 at halftime and rather took King’s by surprise with an early try.

"We busted them open in the first couple of minutes and scored from 40 or 50m," he said.

"That helped get our tails up."

Centre Bryden Skinner got across for the try just to the left of the posts.

The sides traded penalties in the second half  before St Kevin’s scored in the corner. King’s got a late try to close the gap from  a quick tap.

But while that result will have been well received in Oamaru, it was the result between Otago Boys’ High School first XV and Mount Aspiring College which will have irked some.

Otago Boys’ won  53-0.  No surprises there.

St Kevin’s will have noted the result with a degree of frustration.

The side played well enough to reach the top six but missed out after Otago Boys’ defaulted its round-robin match with Mt Aspiring to instead play in the curtain-raiser to the Highlanders and Reds game in Brisbane on May 26.

That gifted Mount Aspiring five competition points, which proved the leg-up it needed to make the top six.

In the other top six game at the weekend, John McGlashan College beat Dunstan High School 29-8 in Alexandra.

In the bottom six, Otago Boys’ 2nds dispatched South Otago High School 47-7 at Littlebourne and Taieri College got its first victory  with a 48-5 win against Kavanagh College at Kettle Park.

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