In their first year together, Tu Toa's 1st XV started their season in Manawatu with a comfortable 59-15 win over Naenae College at Ongley Park yesterday.
Because they are not allowed to play in the Manawatu 1st XV competition, Tu Toa will play in the club rugby under-21 grade and coach Reuben Parkinson said it was good to get the cobwebs out before their first game against Freyberg this weekend.
"Age is a big factor," he said. "We have to keep our game really slick, use our skills, use our speed, use our fitness and play well. A really crisp game, not get into the to-ing or fro-ing or confrontation."
This is the first year Tu Toa have had a 1st XV and last month they won the pre-season Western Heights High School invitational rugby tournament in Rotorua, beating Western Heights and Takapuna Grammar.
They also had a convincing win over Wesley College's 2nd XV, but then had a month's layoff before this game.
"I've been encouraged by what I've seen the last couple of months," Parkinson said. "These boys have really good ethic which is the most important thing. They've got a lot of skills and a lot of natural ability so it's really encouraging."
They are not exactly sure of what level they are at, but the team has organised to play Tauranga Boys' College, Napier Boys' High School and Hastings Boys' High School later this year.
"Those are the type of opposition we really want to have a go at."
Parkinson said he was disappointed with the team's first half against Naenae because they did not play to their potential.
Tu Toa were up 21-3 at halftime, but it should have been more as they dropped a lot of ball and missed a lot more opportunities.
They had a strong scrum and their backs made a lot of breaks, especially in the second half as they ran away with it.
The feature of the new team is their big forward pack, including three giant young locks.
Pariapari Parkinson, 15, is 2.04m tall, while brothers Ngarongo, 17, and Manaaki, 15, Selby-Rickit are close to that height as well.
Carlos Third, Sean Paranihi, Te Ao Pewhairangi, Maleli Sau, Toangina Nikora-Davis, Charlie Nikora-Whitting, Cruze Pene, Otere Black and Ngarongo Selby-Rickit all scored tries for Tu Toa while Black added seven conversions.
Feilding High School had a close loss in their evenly-matched game against Hastings Boys' High School, going down 22-14 in Feilding yesterday.
Hastings were up 15-14 in the final minutes and Feilding turned down a chance to kick at goal to win the game.
Instead, they kicked for the corner to attempt to score the try.
Hastings turned the ball over and scored at the other end to seal the win.
No8 Ben Whale and halfback Jack Stratton scored Feilding's tries, while Stratton kicked two conversions.
Feilding's best were fullback Shai Wiperi and hooker Max Fryatt.
Feilding start their central region competition in two weeks against Wanganui Collegiate School.
Tu Toa 59 (Carlos Third, Sean Paranihi, Te Ao Pewhairangi, Maleli Sau, Toangina Nikora-Davis, Charlie Nikora-Whitting, Cruze Pene, Otere Black and Ngarongo Selby-Rickit, tries; Black 7 con) Naenae College 15 HT 21-3.
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