Feilding High School too good for St John's
Feilding High School halfback Jack Stratton played a major part in the first XV's 40-17 win over Hastings team St John's College at Feilding on Saturday.
Stratton scored two of Feilding's six tries and slotted five of the six conversions for a match haul of 20 points.
It was their second win in the new Central competition with Feilding having earlier beaten the Wanganui Collegiate School first XV.
Feilding had plenty of good spells, kept the pressure on for most of the games and were better in close-quarter contact play. Once they put the ball through a few phases, gaps began to open in the St John's defence.
St John's brought a strong, physical side with some burly forwards and a big Tongan No8-captain. They revolved a lot of play round their top three or four players.
In next Saturday's Central game, Feilding host Masterton's Rathkeale College when they will play for the Robert Hickland Trophy in memory of the Feilding fullback who died after a match between the two at Rathkeale in 2008.
The trophy was last contested in 2010 when Feilding won 29-0.
Scorers: Feilding HS 40 (Jack Stratton 2, Max Fryer, Ben Whale, Aku Morrow, Shai Wiperi, tries; Stratton 5 con) St John's College 10 (2 tries). HT 23-5. The Hamilton Boys' High School first XV was the best team the Palmerston North Boys' High School first XV have encountered this season.
Hamilton won 40-17 in their Super 8 game at Hamilton on Saturday, scoring six tries to three.
However, it was 0-0 for the first 20 minutes with Boys' High more than matching the much vaunted Hamilton eight and the Boys' High loose forwards, No8 Sam Thomas, Ben Crozier and Cameron Barr having top games.
Halfback Jamie Booth was closely watched by Hamilton but he focused more on distributing the ball in this match.
Hamilton got out to 21-0 before Boys' High responded with two tries and but for an early missed penalty and missed conversions, they would have stayed in touch. Hamilton's huge Fijian lock got up and intercepted many throws.
The match was a valuable hit-out before playing the virtual derby clash against New Plymouth Boys' High School at New Plymouth's Gully Ground on Wednesday.
Boys' High's second XV drew 10-all with Hamilton while the colts lost 15-5.
In the other Super 8 games on Saturday, Tauranga Boys' College beat New Plymouth 20-8 at Tauranga, Napier BHS beat Hastings BHS 30-13 and Rotorua BHS beat Gisborne BHS 20-14.
Scorers: Hamilton BHS 40 (6 tries, 5 con) PNBHS 17 (Jordan Rosson-Henare, Hayden Hill, Andrew McDougall, tries; McDougall con). HT 14-0.
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