The staggering Feilding High School 1st XV were relieved to return from Wanganui with a win on Saturday following two losses away from home.
And the 12-11 Central North Island competition win over Wanganui Collegiate School wasn't as nerve-racking as it sounded.
Until the last six minutes of the game at Collegiate, Feilding led 12-3. Collegiate did come back late with a try, but the game finished with Feilding hot on attack and they just missed scoring their third try.
They now look forward to hosting Napier Boys' High School in the last Sunday of the school holidays, on July 20, in a non-competition match.
Both Feilding tries on Saturday went to their wings, Luther Hirini and Matt Raleigh.
The teams were similarly-sized and a strong wind blew across the field. Coach Sam Moore said while his scrum and lineout dominated, the breakdown was a mess and Collegiate did put pressure on there.
"We kept getting marched down the field," he said. "We only had about 10 per cent of the ball in the second half."
Even so, Feilding seem to be in a mid-season stall after being such a force in their early fixtures. While Collegiate had had two matches in their quadrangular tournament last week, Moore considered that an advantage and wished his team had been able to do that.
Feilding scored their tries after about five and 15 minutes of the first half and hung on to lead 12-3 at halftime.
In another unexpected result, last week's conquerors of Feilding High, Lindisfarne College (Hastings) did it again by tipping up New Plymouth's Francis Douglas Memorial College who, until they lost to Wellington's St Pat's Town last week, had been unbeaten all year.
Feilding's next Central competition game will be at home to the strong St Paul's Collegiate (Hamilton) on July 26.
They play the first round of the national co-ed competition against Wairarapa College at Masterton on July 30.
Scorers: Feilding HS 12 (Luther Hirini, Matt Raleigh, tries; Tom Stewart con) Wanganui Collegiate School 11 (try 2 pen), HT 12-3.
Other Central NI scores: Lindisfarne College 32 Francis Douglas MC 20, Rathkeale College 25 St John's College 5, St Paul's Collegiate 16 St Peter's Cambridge 12 (Tues).
- Manawatu Standard
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