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GBHS 2nd XV set stage for resurgent firsts in 33-12 win against visitors

GBHS 2nd XV scorers
Blindside flanker Ash Grant, loosehead prop Sione Halafihi, reserve halfback Benito Barry and first-five Amani Karauria-Lunt were the tryscorers for Boys’ High. Fullback Devilla Pirihi-Coutts (three conversions) and Karauria-Lunt (conversion) kicked goals.

Gisborne Boys’ High School’s second 15 gave their flagship team a class act to follow in the form of a 33-12 win against St Edmund’s under-16s, of Canberra.

“It’s a pretty good feeling to send the firsts out with a win,” captain and No.8 Blake Beard said.

“As well as being a confidence-boost, it serves to show us as second 15 players what’s needed.

“We finally got to use plays and moves from training on attack and I’m pretty stoked with our effort and urgency, especially on defence under pressure.”

Blindside flanker Ash Grant, loosehead prop Sione Halafihi, reserve halfback Benito Barry and first-five Amani Karauria-Lunt were the tryscorers for Boys’ High. Fullback Devilla Pirihi-Coutts (three conversions) and Karauria-Lunt (conversion) kicked goals.

For St Edmund’s, blindside flanker Andre Lopilato and halfback Tommy Lachlan scored tries, with Lachlan converting Lopilato’s try for a halftime score of 7-7, Gisborne Boys’ High’s Grant having scored first, after 11 minutes.

St Edmund’s hooker Nathan Stefano and promising No.8 Kai Bower were in sync from the first lineout.

Both sets of forwards were willing
Both sets of forwards were willing. Gisborne Boys’ High openside flanker Finn Henstock harried Lachlan at the scrum, while St Edmund’s captain and loosehead prop Remsy Lemisio made great ground with the ball in hand.

Gisborne player of the day Karauria-Lunt’s conversion of the Grant try was the first goal of the game but it was his dazzling footwork and aggressiveness that juiced up the crowd.

In the second half, Boys’ High broke the game open with speed and skill from the inside out.

St Edmund’s had the bigger forwards — their lock Sam Gibson made a particularly strong start with the ball in hand — but the home team went up several gears following the break. They hit Gibson’s gutsy second-row partner Liam Havel hard from the restart and both teams continued to play high-tempo rugby.

The width and willingness to run made the game great to watch
The width and willingness to run made the game great to watch. Beard’s wall-like head-on tackle against reserve Michael Rademaker at the 58th minute — the St Edmund’s flyer having beaten three men and made it almost to the posts — was a defining moment, but 15-year-old Boys’ High lock, 6ft 4in Kyah Hollis, made an astounding play two minutes later.

Lemisio had run five metres down the left sideline towards halfway before Hollis enveloped his arms in a tackle. The surging prop, Hollis attached, went a further 10m before finally having the ball ripped off him.

St Edmund’s player of the day Lemisio gave an unvarnished take on the game: “We played well, but they were tough.”

Beard said: “That win boosted our confidence. We’ve played three games now, and won two. Next up we’ve got Hastings in Hastings in two weeks.”

Boys’ High coach Graeme Newlands said it was good to score some tries and retain possession for multiple phases.

“That said, we’ve still got plenty to work on with defensive and offensive systems.”

by Ben O’Brien-Leaf http://gisborneherald.co.nz

 

 

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