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Rugby Review - August 3, 2013

Southland scored nine tries when it defeated North Otago, 55-9 in a preseason game in Oamaru on Saturday. Southland led 22-9 at halftime against a willing North Otago side well led by locks Dylan Winter and Eric Duff and although outweighed up front, stuck to its task throughout the full 80 minutes showing flashes of possibilities for when it kicks off its Heartland competition in three weeks’ time. Flanker Josh Clark stood out in the loose and when used took good ball at the front of the lineouts while the front row of Palenapa Mafi, Antonio Harris and Toetuu Hausia stood up well against the more experienced Southland opponents. The new scrummage rule looks to be a success with few collapsed scrums during the game. North Otago number eight Samisoni Tongotongo worked with half Robbie Smith clearing the ball well when the North Otago scrum was under pressure, while in the backs winger Chris Talanoa impressed with his work rate. Midfielders Simeli Koniferedi and Jovesa Kunawave produced solid displays on defence and attack although their opportunities in the latter were restricted.

For Southland Tayler Adams was impressive at halfback with Scott Eade controlling the game outside him while at fullback Marty McKenzie made full use of his attacking opportunities. Elliot Dixon had an outstanding game at number eight with some punishing runs while Josh Bekhuis won goods lineout ball while he was on the paddock.

Ed Keohane North Otago first five eighth, put the home side in front with a penalty after five minutes but two minutes later Dixon burst away on the blindside from a ruck to race 30 metres to score an unconverted try. Three minutes later North Otago turned the ball over and Southland swept 60 metres downfield for McKenzie to score. Keohane missed a handy penalty in the 16th minute but eight minutes later after a penalty, lineout, ruck build-up right winger Willis Halaholo brushed aside the defence to score an unconverted try. Keohane kicked his second penalty in the 29th minute before Southland with astute pick and go, drove hooker Talemaitoga Tuapati over for the first of his two tries which Eade converted. Keohane kicked his third penalty to give Southland a 22-9 halftime lead.

Seven minutes into the second half open-side flanker Naulia Dawai touched down for Southland after a burst by lock Craig Smith who had replaced Bekhuis. McKenzie’s conversion took Southland out to a 29-9 lead. The final quarter saw Southland score tries to Warrick Lynn, David Hall, Hale T-Pole and Tuapati, with McKenzie converting three of the tries.


Representative: Southland 55 (T Tuapati 2, E Dixon, W Halaholo, M McKenzie, N Dawai, W Lynn, D Hall, H T-Pole tries; McKenzie 4 con; Eade con), North Otago 9 (E Keohane 3 pen). HT: 22-9 Southland.

Under 16: St Kevin’s College 19, Waitaki Boys High School 10.

North Otago Rugby Review / Results

Old Boys produced its finest display of the season to take the Citizens Shield for the third season in a row with a 41-13 demolition of Valley at Whitestone Stadium on Saturday outscoring the opposition by five tries to two.  Old Boys spasmodic form was brushed aside as in a thrilling display of high paced rugby it ran a gallant Valley side into the ground.

The Old Boys pack matched and then outplayed a Valley pack which, on past form, was expected to dominate, but the sheer pace of the game and the inability of Valley to make any inroads in the well-structured Old Boys defence saw it unable to profit from the possession won by a hardworking Valley pack which unfortunately lost blindside flanker Shaun Conlan in the first half with a leg injury.  Old Boys number eight Soni Tongotongo was devastating with the ball in hand while livewire flanker Ashley Miller was outstanding on defence and with his support play.  But it was an Old Boys eight that played as one especially when led by captain Ralph Darling in hand to hand offensives.

Old Boys man of the match, if there had to be one, was first five eighth Seti Talalelei.  His distribution was timely, his tactical kicking was superb, while his accurate goal kicking gave Old Boys 16 of its points.  Hamish McCulloch stood out on defence, Lemi Masoe was in peak form at centre while Sale Pi’i and Una Ofa had the edge on their opposites with Chris Perry at fullback showed another dimension to his game with strong counter attacking play.

No one battled harder in the Valley pack that lock Eric Duff backed up by open-side flanker Cameron Rowland, tighthead prop Scott Rowland and hooker Cameron Schultz.  In the backs it was difficult to get front foot ball and consequently against a dedicated defensive line, was pushed laterally on too many occasions.  Inside backs Nick Webster and Hamish McKenzie were always under pressure although winger Dean Paterson and fullback Brad McKenzie were always prepared to attack the line along with Brock Hamilton who came on in the second spell to score a well-deserved try.

Talalelei slotted penalties in the second and sixth minutes to give Old Boys an encouraging start before in the 16th minute Old Boys half, Mark Evans who gave Talalelei superb service, broke the Valley defence and eventually in a movement which started 60 metres out he dotted down for the first of his two tries to give Old Boys a commanding 11-0 lead.  A Perry motivated counterattack from deep inside Old Boys territory saw winger Ofa grubber kick to the Valley line where pick and go from the Old Boys pack put prop Samuela Kula in for the try to make it 16-0 at the end of the first quarter.  Four minutes later Valley built up a great rolling maul which drove Old Boys to within five metres of its goal line before Webster and Hamish McKenzie gave winger Paterson a smidgen of space and he dotted down in the corner for an unconverted try.  Six minutes from halftime winger Pi’i breached the defence and fine support play saw Evans, Darling and Jeremiah Shields combine to send lock Lio Havili over for a try to give Old Boys a 21-5 halftime lead.  A minute into the second half Darling and Masoe combined for the centre to score for Talalelei to convert and extend the lead to 28-5.  Two minutes later Brad McKenzie hoisted a kick inside Old Boys territory.  Evans received the ball 70 metres out and in a super individual effort touched down for Talalelei to convert and hammer another nail in.  Talalelei then added further penalties in the 46th and 63rd minutes to take Old Boys out to 41- 8 before ten minutes from fulltime Valley replacements Hayden Gold and Brock Hamilton combined for Hamilton to touch down for an unconverted try.

Citizens Shield Final

Old Boys 41 (M Evans 2, S Kula, L Havili, L Masoe tries; S Talalelei 4 pen, 2 con), Valley 13 (D Paterson, B Hamilton tries; B McKenzie pen).  HT: 21-5 Old Boys.

Burns Shield Final.

Excelsior 19 (R Karamaena 2 tries; R Gutsell 3 pen), Valley 5 (G Moore try).  HT: 9-0 Excelsior.

St Kevin's and Waitaki Boys High School Rugby Extra

Friday 12 July 2013

St Kevin's College and Waitaki Boys High School First Rugby XVs will meet in the 79th encounter between the two at 1.30pm on Friday at Whitestone Stadium. Waitaki Boys should start favourites for the 2013 encounter having won the last five encounters, 2008 (16-13), 2009(66-5), 2010(30-6), 2011(45-3) and 2012(37-6) with the 2007 game ending in a 12 all draw. Overall since the first match was played in 1934 Waitaki Boys have won 53 games, St Kevin's 20 with five matches ending in a draw. The match is the highlight of the season with a crowd of nearly three thousand expected on Friday. The town will be awash with the blue and red colours of St Kevin's and the red and black of Waitaki Boys as past pupils return to their respective alma maters. For the 75th game the living All Blacks from each school were invited with Kevin Laidlaw (1960), Bill McCaw (1951,53,54), Frank McAtamney (1956,57) and Tom Coughlan (1958) all attending while the line-up for Waitaki Boys was Ian Hurst (1972-74), Jeff Matheson (1972), Bob Barber ( 1974), Ack Soper (1957), John Hotop (1952,55) and Tom Lister (1968-71),with Bruce Hunter (1970,71) and Murray Pierce (1984-90) unable to be present. Waitaki Boys had six other All Blacks in H Paton (1907-10), W E Hazlett (1926,28,30), G Scrimshaw (1928), C C Gillies (1936) and L R Harvey (1949-50). From St Kevin's, Kevin Skinner (1949-54,1956) was unable to attend while Jim Kearney (1947-49) and Bob Stuart (1949, 53, 54) are deceased.

This year's game should be a lot closer than the last couple with Waitaki Boys defeating St Kevin's (6-5) in the only game the sides have played this season. Waitaki Boys made the top section of the Highlanders XV competition after other games against Kings High School (20-14), John McGlashan (14-21), Mt Aspiring (36-5) and Otago Boys (0-53). In the first round Waitaki lost 8-41 to a well drilled Dunstan High XV while in the lower section St Kevin's beat James Hargest (31-10) scoring five tries in the process. In the first round St Kevin's played Waitaki Boys (5-6), Mt Aspiring (23-5), Kings High School (24-20), Otago Boys High School (0-43) and John McGlashan (22-29).

St Kevin's faces an uphill battle as far as numbers are concerned with the College having only 170 boys as opposed to Waitaki Boys 500 students. But on Friday it's Fifteen v Fifteen.

North Otago Heartland coaches over the past decade have selected players from the respective first XVs for North Otago. Three Waitaki Boys 1st XV players Lonitesi Fisiihoi, Don Lolo and Inko Naufahu have been named in the enlarged North Otago squad for the coming season while Sanaila Nahuto and Siosiua Ngaio from St Kevin's have been included as well.

Looking back over the years this has not been an uncommon trend. Players from Waitaki Boys 1st XV who have played for North Otago are JK Martin (1950), Bill McKenzie (1971/72), Vaitoa Toelupe (1972), Bill McDonald (1973), Graeme Dempster (1988), Nathan Cunningham (1992), Grant Johnston (1994), Paul Tamati (1994), Nick McLennan (2006), and Peter Breen (2005). St Kevin's players to make North Otago have been Athol Smith (1953), Jeremy Thian (1991/92), Karne Kaufana (1996), Matt Saunders (2000/01), Luke Devcich (2003), Kieran Moffat (2006), and Tim O'Malley (2012).

Coaches Comments

Justin Fowler (St Kevin's College)

"We've improved our performance this year. We were probably a little unlucky to lose narrowly to Waitaki Boys and John McGlashan as we had hopes of making the top section. The team has worked hard to improve the performance and lift the standard. We're fortunate to have some key players. Flanker Jacob Coghlan who is only a year 12 student is in his second season while midfielder Saniala Nahuto and prop Ngaio Siosiua have had a real impact this season while Brodie Flannery at first five eighth is a gifted player". Brodie has a real rugby background. Two of his uncles Bevan Wilson (Otago/All Black) and Martin Flannery (Otago) played first class rugby as did both grandfathers, Bill Wilson (Otago) and Pat Flannery (Otago).

Shane Carter (Waitaki Boys High School).

"We've had some high points during the season. The side fought well against Otago Boys and had a good win over Kings although we just scraped through to beat St Kevin's. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster ride but that's to be expected in rugby at this level. It's been a changing of the guard this year. Dallas (Newlands) has had virtually a new back-line to work with, while I've had a few forwards returning like Don Lolo, Marc Fox, Ben Davis and Josh Proctor. Our biggest problem has been sticking to the game plan and showing patience."

The Squads

St Kevin's College

Forwards: Shaun Kelliher, Sanaila Nahuto, Fergus Smith, Sione Palaa, Kieran Ryan, Harry Lanauze, Ben Latavao, Jacob Coghlan, Callum Knowler, Jacob Turnhout, Filipo Veamatahau. Backs: Jackson Reid, Brodie Flannery, Siosiua Ngalo, Hamish Slater, Matthew Vocea, Benedict Yanzick, Ross Whippy, Josh Macaulay, William Sunderland.

Waitaki Boys High School

Forwards: Sione Asi, Ben Davis, Reegan Smith, Josh Ratcliffe, Andrew Morley, Josh Proctor, Josh Harris, Jed Kennedy, Brad Gibb, Marc Fox, Don Lolo, Michael Lolo, Jake Greenslade, Josh Liddall-Miller, Jesse Lusty-Winter. Backs: Inoke Naufahu, Drew Smith, Kane McLauchlan, Logan Searle, Lonitesi Fisiihoi, Wiliam Saulala, Matt Munro, Piliu Tavake, Adam Johnson, Jacob Donaldson, Cameron McClea, Hayden James.


Old Boys held out a fiery Kurow XV for an unconvincing 31-24 victory to maintain its lead in Citizens Shield rugby. Athletic Marist confirmed its second place with a 31-19 win over Valley at Ngapara while Maheno after leading Excelsior, 7-0 at halftime could not hold onto the lead with Excelsior confirming its fourth place with a 21-14 win.

Old Boys led 12-0 after 23 minutes into the first half with tries to Lemi Masoe and Manu Taiti with Chris Perry converting Taiti's try. Kurow's Fijian three-quarter Simeli Koniferedi showed his class setting up a try for winger Dan Russell in the 28th minute before Old Boys made it 19-5 at halftime with a try to Omega Masoe and a Perry conversion. An 80 metre breakout by Old Boys saw Taiti score his second try which Perry converted to put Old Boys into what appeared to be a comfortable 26-5 lead. Kurow had other ideas. From a rolling maul following a lineout, Tom Hunt scored for Willie Hand to convert. Fourteen minutes from fulltime Russell went in for his second try and Hands conversion narrowed the margin to seven points. Number eight Soni Tongotongo took Old Boys out to 31-19 with an unconverted try but Kurow in the dying stages set up a try for Tom Paton to pick up a bonus point.

Two Brad McKenzie penalties gave Valley an early 6-0 lead over Athletic Marist before Ofa Lokotui touched down for Ed Keohane to convert and put Athletic Marist in front,7-6.McKenzie then added a third penalty to make it 9-7 before Keohane replied in kind to take back the lead,10-9.Six minutes from halftime Athletic prop Toetu Hausia scored and Keohane's conversion gave his side a 19-9 lead. A try to Nova Saone two minutes into the second half and a Keohane conversion made it 24-9 before McKenzie reduced the deficit with an unconverted try. Sione Pangata'a scored Athletics' fourth try which Keohane converted before Mark Roney touched down for an unconverted try for Valley to give Athletic Marist a 31-19 win.

Maheno's hopes of its first win for the season were high when it led Excelsior, 7-0 at halftime after a converted try to Emonsone Sergile. Excelsior hit back in the second half with tries to Rangi Hepi, Chris Talanoa and Thomas Faiva with Jason Forrest converting all three tries. Maheno only answer was a converted try to first five eighth Ratu Vatuinaruku.

Citizens Shield. Round 13.

Old Boys 31 (L Masoe, H Frost, O Masoe, M Taiti, S Tongotongo tries; C Perry 3 con), Kurow 2 4(D Russell 2, T Hunt, T Paton tries; W Hard 2 con). HT: 19-5 Old Boys.

Athletic Marist 31 (A Lokotui, T Hausia, N Saone, S Pangata'a tries; E Keohane pen, 4 con), Valley 19 (M Roney, B McKenzie tries; McKenzie 3 pen). HT: 19-7 Athletic Marist.

Excelsior 21 (R Hepi, C Talanoa, T Faiva tries; J Forrest 3 con), Maheno 14 (E Sergile, R Vatuinaruku tries; M Hore 2 con). HT: 7-0 Maheno.

Lower Grades

Presidents: Valley 74, Athletic Marist 0

First XV: St Kevin's College 53, Mt Aspiring 10; Waitaki Boys High School 23, Menzies College 21.

9/10: Athletic Maroon 62, Athletic Gold 12;