MAGS face a tough rugby league task

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The test be­gins to­day for Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School’s rugby league side.

MAGS host Otahuhu in the open­ing SAS Col­lege Rugby League premier­ship round af­ter se­cur­ing a qual­i­fy­ing spot last week.

A dra­matic 18-14 victory over West­lake Boys High School on June 3 saw MAGS grab sec­ond po­si­tion.

On a day of tor­ren­tial rain it was the vis­i­tors West­lake who made the ideal start, scor­ing in­side 10 min­utes via cen­tre Fine Inisi.

Isaac Lu­lia soon crossed in re­ply for MAGS and game on.

The only thing sep­a­rat­ing the teams on the score­board at the fi­nal minute of the half was Bostyn Hakaraia’s con­ver­sion.

But with the half­time siren scream­ing in the back­ground Mt Al­bert made use of a left­side over­lap, shift­ing through the hands for Pre­ston Riki to slide over.

The hosts took a 10-4 lead to the sheds.

West­lake’s re­sponse in the sec­ond half was per­fect, scor­ing early through lanky lock Ryan Doubell.

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Half­back Zae Wal­lace – who stood out through the game for his solid de­ci­sion-mak­ing and ex­e­cu­tion – added the ex­tras to make it 10-10.

But a sec­ond-pe­riod blitz saw prop Is­sac Ah-Kuoi go over and Lu­lia col­lect his dou­ble to lift MAGS to 18-10.

A try to West­lake’s Noah Kemp with 90 sec­onds re­main­ing saw Wal­lace decline the at­tempt at con­ver­sion and rush back to half­way.

It was all in vain as the siren beat them to it.

In other premier­ship matches to­day St Paul’s Col­lege are at Ma­nurewa High School and Kel­ston Boys High School host South­ern Cross Cam­pus.

Six teams make up the plate com­pe­ti­tion which in­cludes West­ern Springs Col­lege play­ing away to Aorere Col­lege, Pa­p­a­toe­toe High School at home against Avon­dale Col­lege and West­lake host­ing Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary Col­le­giate.

In the bowl com­pe­ti­tion Lynfield Col­lege head south to take on Ma­nurewa B, James Cook High School host Massey High School and Ta­maki Col­lege visit Pa­pakura High School.

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