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St Kevin's College has climbed out of the bottom four of the Otago premier school tournament.
The Oamaru school held on to beat South Otago High School 41-24 at home on Saturday.
The final margin appeared comfortable but coach Robbie Breen said the visitors rallied in the second spell.
"They came out absolutely hissing in the second half," Breen said.
"They put us under a bit of pressure and we folded a bit with a yellow card.
"But luckily we took control of the last 10 to 15 minutes and put the game out of reach again."
St Kevin's led 31-7 at halftime. It was a more or less a flawless effort.
"Everything stuck, everything worked, we got through a lot of holes, we were under control of our defence and finally strung some rugby together which showed what St Kevin's can actually do."
The four-try bonus point win lifts St Kevin's to 12 points and just out of the bottom four.
Stand-in first five-eighth Isaac Clunie gave a tremendous account of himself. The year 11 pupil is a midfielder but "got thrown in the deep end because of injuries".
"He performed well above expectation.
"It was a pretty brave display, really."
He slotted four conversions and a penalty and directed the team nicely.
Loosehead prop Tupou Fifita was destructive up front and winger Saluni Palaa proved elusive and dotted down for a try.
Dunstan High School registered a surprise 36-17 win against Otago Boys' High School Second XV, in Alexandra.
Otago Boys' 2nds had been sitting comfortably in the top four but now slip behind both King's High School and John McGlashan College, which achieved big wins.
King's beat Wakatipu High School 63-0 and McGlashan beat the Combined Co-Eds 93-0.
Otago Boys' First XV was too good for Mt Aspiring, winning 67-15 at Littlebourne.
Southland Boys' High School beat Waitaki Boys' High School 36-10 in a midweek fixture.