Palmerston North Boys' High School prove defensive composure in win against St Pats Town
The Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XV got the Hurricanes 1st XV festival off to a winning start beating St Pats Town 22-18 in Masterton on Saturday.
The first of three matches in the tournament forced Boys' High to prove their composure under pressure in the see-sawing match.
Fullback Reuben Love continued his fine streak of form as he continued to nullify St Pats' kicking game with some impressive returns from deep.
But the match would end in disappointment for the promising attacker as he left the field with a broken collarbone.
Boys' High took a strong 15-3 lead into the break.
But a mistake off the kick-off handed St Pats the ball and Boys' High would barely see it for the next 15 minutes as they watched their lead disappear.
Once they finally got some ball back, they got some momentum, picking up an important try to lead 22-15.
St Pats kicked a penalty to trail by four, but despite holding the ball for the final five minutes of the match, they were unable to pick up the try they needed.
Boys' High were well served by props Michael Ioane and Gus Robertson who help control set piece.
Robertson's work-rate around the ground was also impressive.
No 8 Michael Halatuituia, who scored one of the tries, continued to standout with his big ball-carries, while Mckenzie Tansley and Jacob Hewetson-Talamaivao had big games.
Boys' High's next match in the tournament is against Wairarapa College at Napier.
Palmerston North Boys' High School 22 (Stewart Cruden 2, Michael Halatuituia tries; Cruden 2 con, Love pen) St Pats Town 18. HT: 15-3