St Bede's down Boys' High in Press Cup
St Bede's College have gained revenge on Christchurch Boys' High, winning a hard-fought Press Cup battle 17-10 at Straven Road this afternoon.
Christchurch Boys' enjoyed the upper hand over St Bede's last season, pipping them in the school's centenary fixture, and then beating them again in the final of the Crusaders secondary schools' rugby competition.
Christchurch Boys' went into halftime with a deserved 10-5 lead today, after scoring the opening try of the game through lock Henry Hooker. First five-eighth Myles Thoroughgood also added a conversion and penalty during the first half.
St Bede's hit back late in the first half with a try to midfielder Jamayne Isaako, after he sliced through close to the line, following consolidated pressure in the Boys' High 22.
St Bede's upped their game in the second half and locked up the scores when loosehead prop Aaron Clarke barged over from a forward pack drive.
The decisive try came midway through the second half after St Bede's distrupted a Boys' High lineout and won the ball back. A few phases later, the ball was shifted through the hands with hooker and captain Liam Smart crashing over out wide.
Christchurch Boys' finished powerfully and looked to have scored in the closing stages of the game, when hooker Steven Misa burrowed over close to the line, but he was adjudged to have been short.
They launched another raid right on fulltime, but the St Bede's defence held firm to ensure the win.
Christchurch Boys' had their chances in the second half, but were let down by the lineout, which struggled all day against strong pressure from St Bedes'. Discipline also cost them on occasions, with St Bede's winning the penalty count 13-7.
Christchurch Boys' do not have long to lick their wounds with their interschool game against Christ's College at Rugby Park on Tuesday afternoon. St Bede's host Burnside High next Saturday.
In other central section games, Christ's College remained unbeaten, with a 33-7 win over Rangiora High. St Thomas' overcame Burnside High 26-18, while St Andrew's College scored two late tries to beat Shirley Boys' 28-25.
Nelson College were convincing 44-11 victors over Roncalli College in the northern/southern section game. Marlborough Boys' College held off Timaru Boys' 35-24 in an exciting spectacle. Ashburton College also snuck past Waimea College in Nelson, winning 20-19, with Lincoln High gaining an away victory over Nayland College 20-5.
St Bede's 17 (Jamayne Isaako, Aaron Clarke, Liam Smart tries. Isaako con) Christchurch Boys' 10 (Henry Hooker try. Myles Thoroughgood con, pen) Halftime: 5-10