High­landers train Dun­stan play­ers

Dad wins skills ses­sion

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

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.

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