Feilding High School's narrow win over Wairarapa College midweek may have re-ignited their season.
On Saturday they came out and blew away St John's College (Hastings) 53-3 at Feilding to secure a Central North Island competition spot. And famous old boy and All Black Aaron Smith spent Friday night with the team and was their waterboy on Saturday.
On Wednesday, they ousted Wairarapa College from the national co-ed competition with a 17-12 win off the last play of the game.
On Saturday, Feilding needed four tries for the vital bonus point and they had that after 25 minutes.
"It's always a worry when you've got to score four tries," said coach Sam Moore.
Depending on the result of the Lindisfarne College-Wanganui Collegiate School joust on Wednesday, Feilding will be away in the semifinals to either St Paul's Collegiate in Hamilton or Francis Douglas Memorial College at New Plymouth next Saturday.
"I think we are getting back to form," Moore said.
He recalled the season's start when Feilding won the Manawatu sevens, then beat Wellington College and looked unstoppable.
On Saturday they were without injured captain Max Fryatt but they had lively front-rower Chris Cairns back. And out for the mandatory two weeks was five-eighth Liam Scott after being red-carded at Wairarapa. For the first time Feilding came up against a smaller team in St John's, who did hold the ball for lengthy periods but did not get close to a try, whereas Feilding scored eight.
The standout players were wing Matt Raleigh, lock Gordon Coogan and hooker Chris Cairns.
Scorers: Feilding HS 53 (Matt Raleigh, Cameron Black, Luther Hirini, George Stratton, Vilimoni Koroi, James Jenkins, Jack Kinder, Alex Hawira, tries; Koroi, Hemi Bettridge 2, Tom Stewart 2, cons; Stewart pen) St John's College 3 (pen) HT 20-3. At Hamilton: St Paul's Collegiate 24 Francis Douglas Memorial College 13; St Peter's School (Cambridge) 48 Rathkeale College 3.
The Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XV will be below strength for the second-round national boys' knockout clash against Francis
Douglas Memorial College at Boys' High at 12.45pm tomorrow. No 8 Hayden Spencer and halfback Lee Thomson are injured as is reserve halfback Ben Kenny. However, first five-eighth Matt Maoate is fit again.
Boys' High also play in the Super 8 final on Saturday, away to top seeds Hamilton BHS.
Super 8 scores: Hamilton BHS 17 Hastings BHS 17, Rotorua BHS 44 NPBHS 14, Gisborne BHS 26 Tauranga BC 25.
- Manawatu Standard
How excited are you about the 2014 Commonwealth Games?Related story: After the hype, time to let the Games begin