Southland BHS in age clean sweep

Southland Boys' High School have made it a clean sweep in Southland age-group rugby competitions.

The Invercargill school won every final on Saturday from the under-14 grade right through to the under-18 competition.

To start proceedings on Saturday Southland Boys' beat Verdon College 32-19 in the under-14 final.

SBHS director of rugby David Hall said it was a quality final for that age-group.

"Verdon have got a good team and some good players. That was good game of rugby to be fair, it was probably the best under-14 game I've seen for a while. It was played in good spirits, but also played at a good skill level for 14-year-old kids," Hall said.

It was an all Southland Boys' fixture in the under-15 final with the SBHS Blue team beating SBHS White 26-10 in the decider.

"The Boys' High Blue team have been unbeaten all year, they have been a top team in that grade all year and once again played well in the final," Hall said.

It was one way traffic in the under-16 final with the SBHS Red team running out 50-nil winners over Menzies College.

The SBHS 2nd XV capped off the day with a 37-nil win over the Verdon College 1st XV in the under-18 final.

It was originally set for an all SBHS under-18 final when the SBHS 3rd XV beat Verdon in the semifinal, however Boys' High was ousted for playing a non-registered player.

The school's first XV is still currently involved in the Highlanders-wide First XV competition and will play Dunedin's Kings High in one semifinal at Centrepoint Park near Invercargill on Saturday.

The other top eight section semifinal will be contested between Dunedin schools Otago Boys' High School and John McGlashan.

Hall said he was "wrapt" with how the Southland Boys' High School rugby teams had preformed this year.

"We're obviously very happy to get the wins in all of those grades, and I'm more happy we have done it because we have kept the teams pretty even right from under-14 to under-16," he said.

The Southland Times