CBHS cling to snowy victory to extend streak
Christchurch Boys' High clung on to pip Christ's College 7-6 in their annual interschool game at Rugby Park yesterday - continuing their proud recent record against their old foe.
Sleety showers and a bitter south-westerly wind made for an evenly fought spectacle, which could have gone either way in the closing stages.
Christ's College have not beaten Christchurch Boys' since 2000, but would have walked off the ground knowing they did enough to win the game, which doubled as a Press Cup fixture.
They had their chances in the opposition 22, but either through strong Boys' High defence, or their own mistakes, could not strike the killer blow.
College first five-eighth Damian McKenzie had two late penalty attempts to win the game, but was unsuccessful. Both were difficult kicks, with one from 43m out, hitting the left hand upright.
McKenzie was only able to land two of his eight penalty attempts on the day, but steered his team around the park well, with his general play and tactical kicking impressing.
He was gutted his side were unable to break their 13-year hoodoo in his last year in the First XV.
"It was pretty frustrating. We had the opportunities, but we didn't capitalise on them," McKenzie said.
Playing with the wind at their backs in the first half, College made the brighter start to the game, enjoying the better possession and territory in the opening 20 minutes.
Boys' High's discipline let them down and College took advantage. McKenzie recovered from two first-up misses, to land two further penalties to put them out to a 6-nil lead.
Boys' High's forwards finally awoke after a quiet beginning and they started to create more of an impact. They scored the only try of the game, when they forged their way into the College 22 after a series of pick-and-go moves.
Boys' High were patient with the ball and crept their way closer towards the line, with hooker Steven Misa burrowing over next to the post in the 21st minute, following sustained pressure.
Heading into halftime with the lead and the advantage of the wind in the second half, would have given Boys' High a massive amount of confidence.
As the game wore on, Boys' High's experienced and powerful front row began to assert their superiority, winning an important tighthead late in the game.
Misa was a standout for Boys' High in the victory, with props Callum King and Blair Prinsep also having busy games up front. First five Myles Thoroughgood and halfback Ben Hamilton had their moments in the trying weather conditions.
Misa was all smiles after the game and said his side were delighted to preserve their winning record over College.
He said it was extra special for him to grab a win in his last year in the First XV.
"It's always going to be a memory.
"To finish school and look back to the day we played this game, will be pretty memorable."
Christchurch Boys' High 7 (Steven Misa try, Myles Thoroughgood con) Christ's College 6 (Damian McKenzie 2 pen) Halftime: 7-6