The last round of matches in the 1ST XV competition here in Dunedin and around Otago was played this afternoon. Going into the final round, Otago Boys had already secured a spot in the final, with the other finalist likely coming from the winner of today’s Southland Boys v Kings High School match. With only one round left, I headed up to Littlebourne here in Dunedin to see top four sides John McGlashan College and Otago Boys High School clash.
A strong second half performance in the mud and rain at Littlebourne today ensured Otago Boys High School went into next weeks final with winning momentum. In the first half, John McGlashan College spent long periods on attack and their quick line speed on defence meant the Otago Boys side had to work hard for their halftime lead. It was in the second half however that the Otago Boys side took control and picked up a number tries to win 40 – 5.
With the local club rugby competitions now finished for the year here in Dunedin, my attentions now turn to the 1st XV division. In previous year’s local grades in the men’s and women’s competition have finished over several weekends, meaning that the 1st XV games have been played at the same time as the club finals. However, this year a window has opened thanks to the wonderful finals festival held last weekend, resulting in a clear window for the local 1st XV’s to showcase their talents as their play-off games get closer.
Old rivals Otago Boys High School 1st XV and Southland Boys High School 1st XV clashed this afternoon at Bishopscourt with Otago Boys walking away victorious with a 28 to 10 win. The win qualifies Otago Boys for the final while the other spot will be decided between Kings and Southland Boys High School.
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