Dil­worth make rugby his­tory with shock win


Dil­worth School has pro­duced per­haps one of the big­gest up­sets in re­cent First XV his­tory.

Their premier boys rugby team top­pled Auck­land pow­er­house Mount Al­bert Gram­mar School (MAGS) 20-15 in the 1A rugby com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

It’s the first time Dil­worth has beaten MAGS rugby his­tory.

The win is even more impressive con­sid­er­ing MAGS are last year’s na­tional cham­pi­ons, and re­cently re­turned from the Sanix World Rugby Youth Tour­na­ment in Ja­pan with a sil­ver medal.

Dil­worth coach Ally Pat­ter­son said the win would go down in the school’s his­tory books. in its 111-year

‘‘The boys were ab­so­lutely over the moon,’’ Pat­ter­son said.

‘‘To beat some­one like MAGS, some­one of that stature, that’s mas­sive. It’s prob­a­bly Dil­worth’s big­gest win in his­tory.’’

Those more cau­tious of la­belling the re­sult a ma­jor up­set might cite the fact that MAGS only re­turned from Ja­pan on Sun­day. How­ever, Dil­worth still had a job to do, and Pat­ter­son said his boys couldn’t have played a more clin­i­cal game.

They are only a young­ster in the 1A grade, hav­ing spent 109 years in the 1B com­pe­ti­tion. De­spite win­ning 49 of 52 games since 2011, reach­ing seven fi­nals since 2000, they had never won a pro­mo­tion match un­til 2015, when they beat One­hunga High 12-10.


Dil­worth’s First XV cel­e­brate a his­toric 20-15 win over high school rugby pow­er­house Mount Al­bert Gram­mar.

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