Depleted Feilding still too strong
Even without two of their key players, the Feilding High School First XV were too slick in beating Wellington's Rongotai College 50-3 at Feilding yesterday.
Feilding were missing injured wing Luther Hirini and halfback-first five-eighth Tom Stewart (awaiting a nose operation), yet still scored eight tries to zilch.
Even so, coach Sam Moore was looking for more, calling it a stop-start game.
Feilding went better than they did in beating Tu Toa. They might not have seen a lot of ball in the second half but, working off a superior lineout, they added 31 points. They conceded more penalties than they would have liked in the first half, when there was too much individual work.
Rongotai were big and abrasive and had a few talented players. The school has produced All Blacks Ofisa Tonu'u, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea and his brother Ardie, as well as Kiwis rugby league player Sione Faumuina.
Feilding, though, are fitter than most teams, played a quick game and created a lot of opportunities. They diligently built phases and scored off them.
Their standout players were wing-fullback Matt Raleigh, hooker Chris Cairns, flanker Jack Kinder and No 8 Hamish Bennett, as well as the usual trio of Ollie Brosnahan, Max Fryatt and Alex Hawira.
Feilding trek north on Saturday to play Gisborne Boys' High School, and a week later host Masterton's Rathkeale College at Feilding.
Feilding High School 50 (Matt Raleigh 2, Max Fryatt, Ollie Brosnahan, Dylan Leney, Liam Scott, Munesu Mapanda, Jack Kinder tries; Scott 5 con) Rongotai College 3 (pen) HT 19-0.