Game of two halves
St Paul’s still proudly sit at the top of their pool in the College Rugby League Premier First XIII going in to the next round of the competition today.
But Western Springs College are languishing at the bottom of their pool after a second-half comeback by Westlake Boys High School in round three of the competition on May 15.
Western Springs led 12-0 at halftime and an upset looked on the cards but Westlake continued its strong start to the competition, making it three from three by beating them 28-12 in the match of the round.
Despite the greasy conditions from an earlier downpour the first 10 minutes provided some good quality rugby league with both teams completing their first few sets.
Western Springs used their big forward pack to work their way up the field with Tau Kali and hooker Shechinah Tumu-Makara scoring tries near the posts, both of which were converted.
The second half looked promising for Western Springs and they dominated in the first 10 minutes.
But against the tide Westlake scored the first try which seemed to lift the team and they started to keep their share of the ball.
Mike Philips at half back and Ben Mcintyre at standoff started to shift the ball and provide variation in the attack with a mixture of short and long passing resulting in a number of gaps opening up in the Western Springs defence.
The score quickly became 12-12 and the last 15 minutes belonged to Westlake.
They raced out to a decisive 28-12 win.
Try: Western Springs dominated the first half of their clash against Westlake Boys High School only to be beaten 28-12 at the final whistle.