Sibling rivalry plays out on the rugby field
Sibling rivalry will reach new heights on the rugby field tomorrow.
Brothers Chris and Josh Landon will face off against one another when King’s College and Auckland Grammar’s first 15s clash in one of the biggest days on the secondary school rugby calendar.
Chris, 18, plays fullback for Grammar while Josh, 16, is a loose forward for King’s College.
Josh decided to go to the Otahuhu school after spending his intermediate years at King’s Prep, while Chris was always keen to go to Grammar.
And the older brother is determined not to let his little brother get the better of him on the field.
“There’s more pressure on me because he’s my younger brother,” Chris says.
“I remember losing in an inter-class soccer match when we went to the same school and it was the worst feeling in the world,” he says.
“I don’t want to let it happen again.”
“He didn’t speak to me for a week afterwards,” Josh says.
But the brothers are deter- mined not to pull any punches if they meet face to face in the match.
“We’ve decided we’re not brothers on the field, just players,” Chris says.
Chris played off the bench in Grammar’s 15-14 victory over King’s at Eden Park last year, which he describes as “one of the biggest games I’ll ever play”.
However Josh has mixed emotions about his first chance to play in the annual fixture, which will see between 5000 and 6000 spectators support their respective teams.
“I’m excited and nervous, but it’ll be good,” he says.
Both boys know they will have to take a defeat in their stride, but that won’t make it any easier for the brother on the losing side.
“Sure, there will be some sour thoughts after the game for one of us but that’s just rugby,” Chris says.
Proud dad Graeme Landon says it’s impossible for him to choose which team to cheer for.
“Either way I can’t lose – I’ve got to stay in the middle,” the Epsom resident says.
The match takes place tomorrow at King’s College, Golf Ave, Otahuhu, from 2.30pm.
Face off: Chris Landon, left, and his brother Josh clash in the Auckland Grammar versus King’s College first 15 rugby match tomorrow.