St Paul’s re­tain league ti­tle


St Paul’s Col­lege suc­cess­fully de­fended their SAS Col­lege Rugby League ti­tle, de­feat­ing Wes­ley Col­lege 23-10 at Mt Smart Sta­dium on Au­gust 10.

The Ju­nior Fiu coached side went into the game as favourites but knew sea­son debu­tants Wes­ley would not be easy op­po­nents.

‘‘It wasn’t an easy win be­cause we ac­tu­ally had to work for it,’’ Fiu says.

‘‘Ev­ery time Wes­ley had the ball, we had to re­ally de­fend hard. They are one of those teams that if you give them a chance, they will come back.’’

Fiu com­mended sev­eral key play­ers in the team, Dy­lan Te­vita and cousins An­thony and Jaelin Mur­ray, but es­pe­cially Sione Gahu for the hard work they put in for the win.

‘‘Wes­ley was good, they came to play and they were also very de­ter­mined.

‘‘There was a cou­ple of times they busted our lines and the boys had to re­ally work hard to try and slow them down.

The side heads straight into prepa­ra­tions for the 2016 NZRL Na­tional Sec­ondary Schools Tour­na­ment.

‘‘I am re­ally re­lieved, the boys ob­vi­ously saved their best for last.

‘‘They played re­ally well as a team and stuck to the plan - I am re­ally proud of the way they rep­re­sented the school and the per­for­mance they put out there.

‘‘We have to fo­cus on na­tion­als com­ing up, it’s a big­ger task.’’


St Paul’s emerge vic­to­ri­ous against Wes­ley Col­lege.

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