Southland Girls' off to national rugby finals

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 26/08/2014
FOCUSSED: Southland Girls’ High Schools’ Louise Calder looks to pass in a college rugby final at Centrepoint Park, Sandy Point, last week.
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FOCUSSED: Southland Girls’ High Schools’ Louise Calder looks to pass in a college rugby final at Centrepoint Park, Sandy Point, last week.

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Southland Girls' High School annihilated South Otago High School 63-0 in the secondary school girls' combined Southland, Highlanders and South Island final at Sandy Point last week.

Girls' High scored 11 tries.

Nathan Muir, who coaches the team, seized the opportunity to have former Stags coach David Henderson help with some training sessions this year. Henderson is a resource coach at Rugby Southland.

''He's got a wealth of knowledge,'' Muir said of Henderson.

Last week's win cemented Girls' High's place at the national top-four rugby finals in Palmerston North on September 4-7.

They are the only South Island team competing and their first game is against Hamilton Girls' High School on September 5.

Girls' High was beaten in the top-four grand final last year by Feilding High School 29-12. A year earlier when the competition first started, Girls' High finished third.

''They're a very good team,'' Muir said of Girls' High.

''I've got no doubt they're the best [girls] team in the South Island.''

Organisers of the top-four finals pay the travel costs, accommodation and meals of the four competing teams.

Meanwhile, Girls' High produced the goods again on Sunday when beating an Otago secondary school girls' team 62-5 in Dunedin. Ten tries were scored.

Muir was pleased with Girls' High's play, especially the work put in by Kendall Buckingham, Lauren Christie, Kate Black and Cayla Brocks.

''It was good to get another hit-out before next week,'' Muir said.

Brocks' brother, Kadin, is in the Otago Boys' High School's First XV which beat Southland Boys' High School 16-10 in Dunedin on Saturday.

- jamie.searle@stl.co.nz

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