Hamilton Boys High School 3rd XV have caused an upset, claiming a nail-biting 5-3 victory over Cambridge High School in the Waikato secondary schools division one final.
The visitors were forced to endure everything Cambridge could throw at them in attack as they held on in a low scoring affair to claim the Ian Foster Shield.
Tough conditions made it difficult for both teams in the early exchanges as the hosts had the first advantage with the wind at their backs.
No team could seem to get the upper hand on the other with handling errors thwarting any attacking opportunities but from a charged down kick Cambridge prop Sam Tonga re-gathered to send HBHS back peddling in defence.
In the 25th minute Hamilton Boys first five-eighth Matt Lansdown sparked the game into life when he cut through the Cambridge defensive line fending off fullback Spencer Jones to touch down in the corner to cap off an exceptional individual effort.
The home side were unfortunate not to reply immediately when they were awarded a penalty. An unlucky Jones stepped up to take the attempt but would slip as his shot went under the crossbar.
HBHS looked to be in firm control shutting Cambridge out of the game heading into the break with Lansdown's try proving the difference.
An much improved effort by the Cambridge in the second stanza saw them put together phases on attack and were eventually awarded a penalty in which Jones calmly slotted to narrow the margin.
Ill discipline was beginning to hurt HBHS giving the 2012 winners easy field position to attack. On the back of some solid carries by workhorse number 8 Mitch Jacobson, Cambridge looked primed to launch the attack on the visitors' tryline.
Although HBHS would prove they were up to the task with captain Addam Knight leading the charge.
The introduction of substitute Josaia Waqaivolavola provided an added boost for the visitors effort both on attack in defence as the home side tried mightily to get down into opposition territory for a chance at points.
HBHS simply played at the right side of the field in the dying moments forcing Cambridge to go the whole length of the field if they were to score.
However a turnover in the ruck by Cambridge would fittingly end up in the hands of Lansdown as he thumped the ball into touch to pick up the hard fought victory.
Hamilton Boys 3rd XV: 5 (Matt Lansdown try) Cambridge: 3 (Spencer Jones pen) HT: 5-3
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