St Pat's Silverstream beat Wellington College
COLLEGE SPORT WRITER
Forget the curse of the Olympic flag bearer, it's much tougher being the favourite for the Wellington Premier One schools final.
For the second successive year, an unbeaten team has fallen at the final hurdle, with St Pat's Silverstream recording a shock win 6-3 win over Wellington College at the Hutt Rec this weekend.
It was a reversal of the 2011 final, when Wellington College upset a Silverstream side that had won every leadup game in the local competition.
Wellington College had been the dominant team in premier one this year, had twice beaten Silverstream and their closest premier one match before yesterday had been the 18-12 semifinal win over St Pat's Town.
Silverstream, who had beaten Scots College 23-20 in their semifinal, produced a big defensive effort yesterday, in testing conditions.
Silverstream led 6-3 at halftime, with two penalties to one, but Wellington College dominated territory and possession in the second half.
Silverstream rarely got out of their own territory and also had a player sinbinned but their defence around the rucks was outstanding and Wellington could not record a try.
The conditions made accurate play difficult and both sides made numerous errors.
Wellington College also kicked just one penalty goal from five attempts, and turned down a penalty kick in front of the posts in the closing stages, in an attempt to get the win. Had the scores been level at fulltime, Silverstream would still have been successful, as the team that scored first.
Silverstream are a young side and coach Rob Ackerman paid tribute to the team's ability to ''play for each other, " while Wellington College coach Lincoln Rawles described the Silverstream defence as ''epic''.
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