Wellington College first XV suffers setback
RACING EDITOR AND COLLEGE SPORT WRITER
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Christchuch Boys' High School edged out Wellington College 15-14 in testing conditions in their traditional rugby clash in Wellington yesterday.
Defeat has been rare for Wellington College this year. The first XV have been clearly superior in the Wellington competition and had not been defeated since losing a pre-season match against Hastings BHS in April.
Christchurch Boys' are unbeaten in the Press Cup competition in Canterbury this year and have notched notable wins against Nelson College and St Bede's.
Christchurch led 10-0 yesterday but Wellington came back to take a 14-10 advantage before Christchurch got a try in the final stages.
Hockey and football were also part of the traditional contest, with the football clash a 2-2 draw and Wellington recording a 4-2 victory in the hockey.
And there will be another traditional clash in Wellington today, between St Pat's Silverstream and Rongotai, while St Bede's College, from Christchurch, visit Silverstream next Wednesday.
The St Bede's first XV went down to Christchurch Boys' 13-7 last month but have won most of their Press Cup matches by a wide margin.
The Silverstream first XV moved into third place on the Wellington premier one table when beating Hutt International 24-0 in difficult conditions last weekend.
HIBS had beaten St Bernard's the previous weekend but Silverstream put the match beyond their reach by leading 19-0 at halftime.
"It was an encouraging performance and the boys worked hard on defence, especially in the second half," Silverstream coach Rob Ackerman said.
Silverstream have a comparatively young squad and Ackerman has been impressed by the progress made by outside back Losi Fililpo, a year 10 pupil and the youngest in the team. "He's growing in confidence every game," Ackerman said. "He's a very skilful young man."
Dylan Hayes, a key member of the Silverstream pack, is back at full fitness after being sidelined by injury.
Rongotai, a top four team last year, did not get the rehearsal they wanted for the Silverstream traditional when going down 37-5 to Scots College last weekend.
Scots, who meet HIBS this weekend, recorded seven tries and are in second spot on the table.
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