Highlanders train Dunstan players
Dad wins skills session
Despite having a great start to the season, the Dunstan High School 1st XV were given a tactical boost after being put through their paces by some of the Otago Highlanders squad. Highlander number 8 Nasi Manu, flanker Doug Tietjens and loose forward Tim Boys spent Friday morning hosting a drills and skills training session with the team after they were selected by Cromwell man Scott Ross. Mr Ross won a Super Rugby Skills Training competition through a Placemakers Central Otago competition where customers who spent $20 dollars or more went into the draw to win a training session with their local Super Rugby team. He bought items on his boss’s account at the Cromwell store but because he filled out the paper work he was allowed to choose who the training session would go to. It was an easy decision to select the Dunstan 1st XV as he has two sons who are part of the squad, Mr Ross said. Manu said he was impressed by the students’ dedication at the training. ‘‘It’s great to have a kick around with young guys and see the next generation of players coming through locally. ‘‘They were all really enthusiastic and paid great attention through- out the training,’’ he said. Dunstan co-coach John Ryley said it was hoped the players picked up tips they could carry forward to their game from the session and advance their learning. The team has played five matches this season, winning four, and were placed second in the Highlanders Southern division.
Head-to-head: Dunstan High School first XV players Henry Allen and Michael McBreen flank Otago Highlanders player Tim Boys in a practice scrum against Jaydin Aburn, centre right, who is flanked by Highlanders Doug Tietjens and Nasi Manu during a training session in Alexandra last week.