Feilding overwhelmed by Hamilton BHS
When a school like Feilding High School has 700 boys and pits its 1st XV against one from a school of 2200, something has to give.
Sheer size, pace and player depth told on the Feilding High 1st XV at Feilding on Saturday as Hamilton ran away with their clash in the last dash of each half to win 44-7.
Hamilton have had only one loss all year, early on to Christchurch Boys' High School by 27-7. On Saturday, they scored seven tries to one.
Feilding might have restricted them had they not sent on their subs, although Hamilton whipped on some enormous boys themselves.
Hamilton were the size of a senior club team and Feilding scrummed and battled bravely to hold them in the first spell while missing tackles in midfield. That was after their Fijian lock, Isaac Meo, had taken up the ball from the opening kickoff, lost it and Hamilton scored a few rucks later.
But for a rogue pass which led to a runaway try, Feilding might have held Hamilton until halftime, but two tries in two minutes blew it out to 22-0.
Flying hooker Max Fryatt pulled one back and second-five David Lolohea went close from long-range breaks.
As Feilding tired, so they missed tackles on the quick men out wide as they spread the ball in slick fashion.
No8 Ben Whale and flanker Bradley Stratton were Feilding's stars on attack, but there was little danger from the backs. Meo matched Hamilton's giant Fijian, Apisai Tauyaevuca.
Next Saturday, Feilding take on Gisborne Boys' High School, a team more their own size. The Feilding 2nd XV lost, 34-5 to Hamilton.
Palmerston North Boys' High School had Gisborne beaten until a few minutes from time when their clever first-five slotted a dropped goal to win their Super 8 game, 23-21 at Boys' High.
It was the third straight narrow loss to Gisborne and missing a penalty in front of the posts didn't help.
This was one of Boys' High's better outings.
Their scrum was on top, the lineout was much improved and while they overdid the driving play, this was against an older Gisborne pack.
However, Boys' High didn't use the wind as well as Gisborne's first-five and the home backs weren't up to their usual standard, aside from wing Daniel Monaghan and fullback Andrew McDougall.
They had Gisborne's measure out wide but the ball didn't go there often enough.
Halfback Jamie Booth scored two tries, one off a pacy break by No 8-lock Johnny Galloway.
Other standout players were flanker Ben Crozier and loosehead prop Tevita Talamaivao.
Boys' High play a new team, Hutt International Boys' School, in Wellington on Wednesday.
At Feilding: Hamilton BHS 44 (Isaac Te Tamaki 3, Regan Ware, Brodi McCurran, Te Raina Richards-Coxhead, Josh O'Flaherty, tries; Bryn Gatland pen, 3 con) Feilding HS 7 (Max Fryatt try; Jack Stratton con) HT 22-0.
At Palmerston North: Gisborne BHS 23 (3 tries, con, pen, dg) PNBHS 21 (Jamie Booth 2, Piu Fangatua, tries; Zyon Hekenui 3 con) HT 10-14.