Header photo: Silverstream on the burst against St Pat’s Silverstream. PHOTO: Mike O’Leary.
- By Adam Julian and Steven White
In three first XV matches on Tuesday and Wednesday, Scots College beat Lindisfarne College 43-10, Palmerston North Boys’ High School beat St Pat’s Silverstream 21-15 and Upper Hutt College beat Heretaunga College 55-17.
Elsewhere, Aotea College are defending the Beard Trophy this evening at Jerry Collins Stadium against Bishop Viard College.
Silverstream miss out in scrappy encounter
Palmerston North Boys’ High School have beaten St Patrick’s College, Silverstream for the first time since 2016; battling to a scrappy 21-15 win in Upper Hutt this afternoon.
Palmerston North was only slightly more accurate than the hosts, despite being outscored three tries to two.
The most telling moment of the match was midway through the first-half when Silverstream centre Tony Solomona was denied a try for a double movement.
Solomona carried three defenders with him over the line, but was penalised for an additional stretch to place the ball underneath the sticks when the score was 5-3 to Silverstream.
Palmerston North turned with an 11-5 halftime advantage – a lead they never surrendered.
Visiting fullback Curtis Heaphy opened the scoring with a penalty, but it was Silverstream who were the more threatening initially, creating holes when they stretched to the flanks and profiting with the first try.
Silverstream lost their composure after the Solomona setback and Palmerston North was able to nudge ahead with a second Heaphy penalty and a hard earned try through forward graft.
Silverstream halfback Rory Woollett struck the first blow of the second-spell, outpacing the cover defence to the corner.
The next several minutes were a feast of stoppages with both schools basic execution absent.
Palmerston North was noticeably bigger and when Silverstream first-five Lachie Forbes shanked a clearance from inside his 22, Palmerston North finally utilized that asset to great effect; blindside Bryn Gordon smashing over for a second try. Gordon later played hooker and was a standout.
Heaphy’s third penalty made it 21-10 to Palmerston North. Silverstream attacked gamely to the end, but Forbes try was a case of too little, too late.
For Silverstream No.8 Peter Lakai carried vigorously and often. Akira Ieremia was a sometimes reliable target in the lineouts, Mitch Southall battled away and Woollett is growing in stature.
Palmerston North’s No.8 Tamati Ruawai and lock Tom Hansen were a hive of activity.
This was the 84th meeting between the schools. Palmerston North has had 51 wins, Silverstream 29 with four games drawn.
In the First XI Football fixture that was played alongside the rugby, Palmerston North Boys’ High School won 2-1. For Silverstream, Seth Loughran found the back of the net early, assisted by Tyron Curtis. The visitors equalised from a penalty to make it 1-1 at halftime, before going ahead early in the second spell and hanging on to win.
This coming weekend, Silverstream turn to host Kapiti College at home, while Palmerston North travel to play Tauranga Boys’ College in the Super 8 competition.
Kalolo Kryptonite helps Scots to comfortable win
Scots College’s Oryann Kalolo was the star individual in his First XV’s 43-10 win over Hawke’s Bay visitors Lindisfarne College on Tuesday.
Kalolo scored five of seven tries and also kicked five conversions for a 35 point haul.
He capitalised on a vigorous forwards effort and some slick passing in the backs who finished off several well-worked opportunities. Normally a first five-eighth, he started in the 12 jersey and also played some of the game at fullback.
As well as Kalolo, Pablo Garreton and Hamish Mansell scored tries, while Johnny Mitchell and Sione Uhi were other players to play well.
Scots retained the Glasgow Shield in beating Lindisfarne in their annual traditional fixture.
This coming weekend, Scots play Hutt International Boys’ School in round 6 of the Wellington Premiership, while Lindisfarne meet St Peter’s Cambridge in the Central North Island competition.
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Oryann Kalolo crosses for one of his five tries on Tuesday.