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The New Zealand secondary school touch championship was held in Rotorua over three days at the weekend.
For the first time in its history, King’s High School made the final of the boy’s grade.
The team was unbeaten through pool play, recording impressive wins.
It played the hometown team, Rotorua Boys’ High School, in the decider on Sunday.
King’s had a one-point lead at halftime, but was down 11-9 at the final whistle.
John McGlashan College finished 5th and Otago Boys’ High School was 8th.
In their final games of the championship, John McGlashan beat St Patrick’s College 9-8 and Otago Boys’ lost to St Paul's Collegiate 9-6.
In the girl’s grade, Columba College finished 3rd and St Hilda’s Collegiate School was 5th.
Columba lost two games in pool play to Westlake Girls’ High School and Hamilton Girls’ High School, which both made the final.
It faced Saint Kentigern College in the third and fourth playoff, and had a convincing 8-4 win.
St Hilda’s only lost two of its eight games, winning its final game against Nga Taiatea Wharekura 6-5.