Central Southland blitz under-15 tournament

A mindset to succeed was the key to Central Southland College's win at the South Island under 15 co-ed rugby tournament in Christchurch, says coach Gregor Laughton.

"The attitude of kids was great, they wanted to do it," said Laughton, who was assisted with coaching duties by Shane Erskine and Tony Meechang. The tournament was held in Christchurch last week.

A year earlier, Central Southland College finished 28th of 29.

"I think some of them [Central Southland boys] went for a holiday last year," Laughton said.

The team of 2013 were different. They had the golden touch going through division two of the competition undefeated in six games. "We had changes in the team and some were a year older and a year wiser," Laughton said.

Good performances in two pre-tournament games gave the coach encouragement heading north.

"You don't know what to expect when you get there, but once we got going it was hard to stop us."

Central Southland College began with an emphatic win against Mt Hutt College 55-0 and continued their success over Golden Bay High School 40-0, Papanui High School 35-0, Darfield High School 57-5, St Peter's College 36-0 (semifinal) and Motueka High School 13-7 (final).

Captain Regan Wilson, Zac Dunnage and Daniel Thwaites were big contributors for Central Southland College, Laughton said. jamie.searle@stl.co.nz

The Southland Times