Boys' High 1st XV co-captain Laubscher set for extended spell on sidelines after injury in win
The gloss of the Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XV's 39-3 win over Wairarapa College lost some of its shine after confirmation that co-captain Tyler Laubscher has a dislocated shoulder.
For the first 10 minutes of the match the flanker turned on a strong display which ended up to be just a tease of what the highly-rated year 12 was capable of.
Coach Blair van Stipriaan said it was likely that Laubscher would miss most of the season.
The rest of the team put on a scrappy display in the first half of the second fixture of the Hurricanes' 1st XV festival in Napier.
Wairarapa were defensively strong and Boys' High were guilty of going through the motions and appeared to be waiting for their opposites to roll over.
Leading just 8-3 at the break, Boys' High were looking vulnerable.
But they came out after the break with much more patience.
They did a better job setting their foundations through their forwards, before exploiting Wairarapa with some of their exciting backs.
No 8 Michael Halatuituia continued his impressive streak of form.
He gave the team plenty of momentum with ball in hand and put in some big hits on defence.
Lock Alec O'Dell and halfbacks Jacob Hewetson-Talamaivao and Bryn Wilson were others to impress.
Boys' High's next match is against Wellington College in Wellington as they continue their stretch of seven weeks without a home match.
Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XV 39 (Sam Stewart 2, Mackenzie Tansley, James Woodmass, James Stratton tries; Stewart Cruden 3 con, pen) Wairarapa College 3. HT 8-3 Boys' High