Christchurch Boys' High School caused the upset of The Press Cup secondary schoolboys' premier rugby competition with a 13-7 win against St Bede's College on Saturday.
The win was the first for Boys' High against St Bede's since 2006 and it came at an inopportune time for St Bede's. The school celebrated its centenary at the weekend and many in the crowd of about 5000 were old boys.
Boys' High led 3-0 at halftime through a penalty from Fletcher Smith, and stretched that to 8-0 when Smith scored from an intercept five minutes after the break.
St Bede's narrowed the score to 8-7 when James Tucker scored a try 10 minutes after the break, converted by Bouen Aranga, but five minutes later Anton Lienart-Brown scored from a charge down for Boys' High.
St Bede's piled on the pressure in the final quarter but the Boys' High defence remained rock solid.
"They had a lot more possession than we did, but we defended very well," Boys' High co-coach Rhys Armstrong said.
The game was a second- round match in The Press Cup competition, which will start after the first round is completed.
Nelson College, who beat Marlborough Boys' College 34-22 in Blenheim on Saturday, take over the lead in the northern section of the competition, because the Boys' High points will not be added until the start of the second round, which will involve the top four teams from the northern and southern sections. Boy's High remain unbeaten having won all four of their games.
St Bede's coach Mark Vincent said his team was looking forward to its first home game of the season against Rangiora High School this Saturday.
In other matches on Saturday Christ's College consolidated its position in the top four in the northern section with a 46-10 against Shirley Boys' High School.
The bonus point win - Christ's scored six tries - has taken them to fourth on the points table but they now face five games in 11 days with Press Cup and annual exchange matches.
Ashburton College lost their second game of the season when beaten 24-20 by St Thomas's at Ashburton, and slip to fifth place in the southern section.
They have been overtaken by Timaru Boys' High School who beat Rangiora High School 21-5, and St Andrew's College who bounced back from a loss to Ashburton last week by beating Lincoln High School 78-14.
Northern section: Nelson College 34 Marlborough BC 22, Christ's College 46 Shirley BHS 10, Waimea College 53 Nayland College 0. Southern section: St Thomas's College 24 Ashburton College 20, Timaru BHS 21 Rangiora HS 5, St Andrew's College 78 Lincoln HS 14. Second round game: Christchurch BHS 13 St Bede's College 7.
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