Timaru Boys' High School First XV blow Burnside to stay second

Timaru Boys' High School second five Brad Cvitanich makes a break against Burnside.

Timaru Boys' High School second five Brad Cvitanich makes a break against Burnside.

Timaru Boys' High School First XV blew Burnside off the park 66-5 in their Crusaders Schools Championship match-up in Christchurch.

The score could have been even higher but a variety of goal kickers only landed three conversions from the 12 tries scored.

The win keeps TBHS in second equal place in the UC Championship with Christ's College and on course for a semi-final spot.

Burnside are sitting at the bottom of the table along with Roncalli, as their fortunes have slipped from last year, when they just beat TBHS at Pleasant Point.

Burnside's position allowed TBHS coach Gavin Miller to start some of his regular bench players and they did not disappoint, up 39-0 at halftime.

Prop Thomas Edwards, who only played the second half, scored three tries, while hooker Melville Pauni, open side George Brown and second five Brad Cvitanich all grabbed two each.

TBHS never really let the momentum slip and in the forwards prop Caleb Nicolson, lock Hamish Robertson and Brown all had good solid games.

Ryan Greenslade, who played halfback in the first half and moved to first five for the second played very well, as did Hamish Schmack at fullback.

Miller said he was happy to be able to give the bench a start and they responded very well.

"We still have Otago this week and then have to travel to Marlborough Boys' on Saturday, so I was conscious of that.

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"It will be an important few days as the (UC Championship) draw didn't give us any breaks, with two away games to Christchurch and Blenheim, and a trip to Dunedin in-between."

Miller said one of his front rowers was disappointed not to spend more time on the paddock. 

"Thomas (Edwards) did say if he had played a full game he would have likely got six tries." 

Defending champions Christchurch Boys' High School only scrapped through with a  last minute 25-23 win over St Andrew's College.

It was St Andrew's second loss in a week, having gone down to Timaru Boys' High School 23-10 on Wednesday. 

Christ's College had a tougher than expected challenge against Mid Canterbury Combined, down 17-12 at half time but then rallied to win 39-17.

Nelson College overwhelmed St Bede's College 64-17, scoring nine tries to two, to retain the Moascar Cup.

In fact it looks likely TBHS will get a Moascar challenge on August 5 in Nelson, if the holders can beat Mid Canterbury Combined.

Shirley Boys' High School notched up their third win of the season beating Rangiora 17-15.

Roncalli College face St Thomas in Christchurch on Tuesday, in a game that doubles as a traditional inter-school match.

TBHS will play their top XV against the powerful Otago Boys' High School on Wednesday in Dunedin, in their traditional inter school fixture.


 - Stuff

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