Win puts Timaru Boys' High near top four

Timaru Boys' High School's First XV beat St Andrew's College in a nailbiter 15-14 in Christchurch yesterday.

The annual exchange doubled as a fixture in the Crusaders Region Schools Championship and the win left TBHS just outside the top four.

TBHS have recorded five wins from six games but a lack of four try bonus points has been costly or else.

St Andrews have five to sit a point above them on the competition table.

TBHS dominated the first half with tries to midfielder Zac Saunders and wing James Wilson-Bishop, with James Hawkey landing a conversion and a penalty, to lead 15-0.

St Andrews stepped up in the second half, scoring two converted tries, while TBHS lost Saunders to injury.

TBHS however showed enough mettle to hold on.

For TBHS props Jake Lindsay and Graison Dale impressed, while loose forward turned hooker Jacob O'Connor did well first time in the front row.

Halfback Tyler Blackburn put in a polished performance while fullback Nathan McCloy had some nice touches as he continues to recover from a groin injury.

Coach Shane Enright said his side hung in well after some interesting refereeing decisions saw their dominant scrum penalised.

‘They were tough to work out but the boys did the job, he said

Enright said his side was building nicely and he was hopeful the momentum would continue over the next four weeks.

"We have Burnside on Saturday then St Bedes, Waimea and Ashburton and we have the potential to win all four games."

The only thorn in the side was the lack of four-try bonus points but Enright was hopeful to change that.

A win over St Bedes could see TBHS inside the top four for the first time in many seasons.

The Timaru Herald