Feilding High School 1st XV fire in first half to beat Wellington College

Drew Wild, pictured here playing for the Manawatu Under 16s, has been in top kicking form this year for Feilding High School.
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Drew Wild, pictured here playing for the Manawatu Under 16s, has been in top kicking form this year for Feilding High School.

A fine first half display helped the Feilding High School first XV pick up a 38-29 away win over Wellington College on Saturday.

The side got away to a great start with their forward pack proving too strong for the Wellington side.

Both teams were down a number of front-line starters, but Feilding's replacement players stood up well.

Halfback Kyle Rhodes, who was one of the best on the park for Feilding, was one of those who took advantage of his chances.

His passing, decision making and improved box kick helped get the side some solid attacking ball.

Up front, Feilding had the dominant scrum with props Ethan McQuinlan and Jack Fleury showing good technique.

Utility Josiah Maraku, who might be set for some time at No 10 with Kody Edwards still sidelined and Leighton Manuel breaking his leg in the match, played well in the midfield, picking up a try.

While Drew Wild's pin-point goal-kicking was just an extension of his strong start to the season.

Up 28-0 at the break, Feilding looked set for a big score.

But they struggled to push on in the second half with some puzzling refereeing decisions going against them.

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Feilding bagged a try to wing-turned-hooker Adam Thomas in the second half with his turn of pace catching the Wellington side out.

Wellington bounced back with five tries, but their wayward goalkicking hurt their chances and letting Feilding escape with the nine-point win.

That was Feilding's final match before their four-match tour in Australia which starts on April 19.

Meanwhile, Palmerston North Boys' High School's match against Scots College was cancelled after Kilbirnie Park in Wellington was closed.

Boys' High offered to host the match after Wellington Council made the decision, but Scots College declined.

Their next match is against St Paul's Collegiate at home on Friday.

Feilding High School 38 (Josiah Maraku, Drew Wild, James Bolton, Jack Fleury, Adam Thomas tries; Drew Wild 5 con, pen) Wellington College 29 (5 tries; 2 con) HT 28-0 Feilding

 - Stuff

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