Poor second half costs Roncalli

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 07:37 19/05/2014
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STRONG GAME: Roncalli College No 8 Luke Cody keeps improving.

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A poor second half cost the Roncalli First XV in their Crusaders Region Schools Championship clash against St Andrews College in Christchurch.

Tied 10-all just after halftime, St Andrews showed more determination when it mattered to win 39-17 as the score blew out.

Roncalli were in the game for long periods but couldn't keep pace in their third game in eight days as St Andrews made the most of their opportunities.

For Roncalli number 8 Luke Cody keeps improving and had a strong game, both as a ball carrier and in defence, making a couple of try-saving tackles.

Conor Scott, who played halfback and then first five, also impressed.

On debut in the Press Cup at hooker Josh Batchelor also had a very good game, with all his lineout throws hitting their mark.

At second five Dan Patterson was the only Roncalli back that really posed any threat to St Andrews.

Patterson scored a try along with prop George Jacobs, who was back from injury.

Fullback James Brosnahan landed two conversions and a penalty for a 100 per cent kicking record.

The result means Roncalli are struggling with one win in four matches.

Timaru Boys' High School had the bye on Saturday but face Christchurch Boys' High School on Tuesday in Christchurch as their annual interschool fixture doubles as a round of the Press Cup competition.

It will be a real test of where they stand after a strong start to the competition that has seen them win their first three games under new coaches Shane Enright and Ken Wills.

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- The Timaru Herald

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