Southern school sides set early pace

03:35, May 07 2012

Southern school rugby powerhouses Otago Boys' High and Southland Boys' continue to set the early pace in the Highlanders-wide First XV competition with convincing victories today.

Otago Boys' were far too big and skillful for South Otago, running away with a 71-5 win in Dunedin. Hooker Junior Pole had a busy afternoon, dotting down for four tries, while second-five Aleki Morris ran in two tries and Josh Renton delivered a tidy performance at halfback.

Southland Boys' overpowered Menzies College 43-13 in Wyndham, to make it two from two to start their campaign. Menzies scored the opening try of the game, but Southland Boys' eventually got into their work and took a 29-5 advantage into halftime. Menzies hit back with a try immediately after the break, before Southland Boys' grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck to emerge with a bonus point win. Centre Hayden Pope and winger Nathan Frisby both scored doubles for Southland Boys' with Metua Aerenga and Liam Howley also bagging tries in the victory.

Otago Boys' and Southland Boys' face each other in Dunedin in the next round of games on May 16, in what should be another fiercely fought encounter between the two giants of the Highlanders-wide competition.

In other results today, James Hargest suffered a 49-nil loss to Waitaki Boys' in Oamaru, while King's High School were too strong for John McGlashan, prevailing 55-7. St Kevin's College registered their first win of the season, winning a close one over Kavanagh College in Dunedin 24-20.

Gore High and Dunstan High  fought out an entertaining 27-all draw in the earlier game played on Thursday.

Round two results:

Waitaki Boys' 49 James Hargest 0, Southland Boys' 43 Menzies 13, King's High 55 John McGlashan 7, St Kevin's 24 Kavanagh 20, Otago Boys' 71 South Otago 5, Dunstan High 27 Gore High 27.


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