Feilding hit back to beat St John's

Last updated 12:00 08/07/2013

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Talk about a huge bounce-back for the Feilding High School first XV on Saturday.

After the embarrassment of their 16-15 national co-ed competition loss to Wairarapa College on Wednesday, they drove to Hastings and walloped St John's College 68-7 in a Central competition game.

Once they got the bus ride out of their systems, they went on a second-half romp and ran St John's off their feet.

Star of the show was the lad from Wanganui, Ollie Brosnahan, who had played well at lock against Wairarapa. He shifted to blindside flanker on Saturday and made his mark.

Others to impress were flanker Jesse Mackail, Isaac Meo, prop Keilan Henry and centre Morehu Connor-Phillips.

Coach Sam Moore said this time the first XV played like they should and that included not passing up penalty shots at goal.

"We started playing our game," Moore said.

"It has been a tough couple of games but the boys have shown a lot of character to fight back."

St John's had some big ball-runners and Moore said they would probably beat Wairarapa College.

It was tight early on after Feilding had kicked a penalty and scored a try. St John's came back with a try to trail only 8-7, then forced Feilding to defend strenuously but from then on Feilding took control.

Feilding will have a sterner test at Feilding at 3pm on Wednesday when they host Wanganui Collegiate School who are coached by former Manawatu five-eighth and Wanganui coach Guy Lennox.

Feilding should be strong next year. The team is made up mostly of year 12 students, with only five players expected to leave school this year.

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- Manawatu Standard

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