PNBHS punish Naenae College
Things will toughen up for the Palmerston North Boys' High School first XV following their gigantic win in Gisborne at the weekend.
They trounced Wellington's Naenae College 85-12, scoring 13 tries to two.
On Saturday at the Sport and Rugby Institute at Massey University they play another Wellington school, Scots College, at 10.30am, and on the following Wednesday, May 14, Boys' High play New Plymouth's Francis Douglas Memorial College in Palmerston North.
They then head to Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Friday, May 16, to play Wellington College in the curtain-raiser to the Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and Highlanders. That game against Wellington College will be televised live on the Rugby Channel.
On Saturday, Boys' High led Naenae 35-12 at halftime and their superior fitness told in the second spell. Starring for Boys' High was halfback Lee Thomson who scored two tries, kicked eight conversions, organised the team and distributed well.
No 8 Hayden Spencer was again a class act and prop Beau Robertson had one of his best games.
Naenae fielded a young team, having lost most of their year 13 players who had taken them to the top four in Wellington last year. They have only three rugby teams at the school.
In the other games played at Gisborne, the huge St Pat's Silverstream side beat a spirited Napier Boys' High School 27-21, Scots College beat Hastings Boys' High School 14-11 and Gisborne Boys' High School beat Wellington College 16-15. The games are part of a first XV festival being shared between Gisborne, Palmerston North and Wellington in front of New Zealand and Hurricanes schools teams selectors.
Tu Toa had the bye in the Manawatu colts competition on Saturday and on Wednesday, Feilding High's first XV host New Plymouth Boys' High School at 12.30pm.
PNBHS 85 (Adam Haworth 2, Lee Thompson 2, Liam Giltrap, James Kellow, Max Maoate, Shadyn Osgood, Paddy Kellow, Jack Yarrall, Braydon Iose, Jeremy Dobson, Fabian Kiri, tries; Thomson 8, Osgood, Priest cons) Naenae College 12 (2 tries, con) HT: 35-12.