Southland Girls' retain SI title to make national semis

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 20/08/2013
Courtney Churstain
STACY SQUIRES/Fairfax NZ
A REAL HANDFUL: It takes three Christchurch Girls’ High School players to pull down Southland Girls’ High School’s Courtney Churstain during the South Island secondary schoolgirls’ rugby final in Christchurch yesterday.

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Southland Girls' High School have been crowned South Island secondary schoolgirls' rugby champions for the second year in a row.

Southland Girls' High yesterday won the South Island title after turning in an impressive showing against Christchurch Girls' High School at North Hagley Park in Christchurch.

After leading 20-0 at halftime the Invercargill team never released the pressure as it pushed out a commanding 44-0 win.

Coach Nathan Muir praised his players, saying they adjusted well to the muddy underfoot conditions after playing most of the season on firm and relatively dry fields.

The win means Southland Girls' High will now contest the national semifinals in Palmerston North on September 6.

The final will then be played in Palmerston North two days later.

It is the second year the New Zealand Rugby Union has run the national top four secondary schoolgirls' finals format, mirroring what has always been in place for the secondary schoolboys' teams.

It is the second year Southland Girls' High will take part in the national top four.

Southland are still a chance to make it a girls and boys double for top four secondary school rugby, with Southland Boys' High School still in the hunt.

They will take on Otago Boys' High School in the final of the Highlanders-wide first XV competition this Saturday.

The winner of that game will progress to play Marlborough Boys' High School in the South Island final, with the winner of the game going on to the national top four finals.

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- The Southland Times

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