CBHS win UC Cham­pi­onship

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Christchurch Boys’ High School First XV have un­cov­ered a star after first five Rico Syme de­liv­ered them an­other Cru­saders Schools Cham­pi­onship crown. The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons beat a gal­lant Ti­maru Boys’ High School side 18-10 on Saturday in an en­ter­tain­ing en­counter in front of 1000 fans at Christchurch Boys’.

CBHS were the more en­ter­pris­ing side, will­ing to give the ball plenty of air, and it paid off in the two tries to one vic­tory.

Syme, who started his sea­son in the 2nd XV, was a key com­po­nent in the win with a classy all round dis­play that in­cluded two chip kicks that ul­ti­mately de­liv­ered the tries.

Mid­way through the first half CBHS’s Tahu Kaa-Good­willie scored after the first chip from Syme bounced awk­wardly for TBHS full­back Hay­den McNulty and the Kaa-Good­willie was on hand to col­lect the bonus, with Syme con­vert­ing. TBHS then closed the gap to 7-3 with a McNulty penalty. With five min­utes left to the break Syme put in an­other clever kick that bounced away from the de­fender and wing Jack Har­ris snapped it up to make half­time 12-3.

Syme ex­tended the lead early in the sec­ond half with a penalty that bounced in off the up­right but missed a sec­ond penalty at­tempt.

TBHS then burst back into the game when open side Melvin Pauni drove over from a li­ne­out and McNulty added the con­ver­sion to close the gap to 15-10 after a yel­low card to CBHS re­place­ment prop Mur­phy Kupe.

With 10 min­utes left, Syme landed a penalty to get the ad­van­tage out to eight points. TBHS then gave the ball some air and at­tacked out wide but the CBHS de­fence was up to it.

CBHS now face South­land Boys’ in In­ver­cargill on Saturday for a spot in the New Zealand Schools top four com­pe­ti­tion.

Else­where, St Thomas stepped up to hold off Waimea Com­bined 26-20 in the plate fi­nal.

St Bedes thrashed Marlborough Boys’ 50-13 in the Bowl fi­nal in Blen­heim as the vis­i­tors ran in eight tries to one. Reuben Cot­ter scored a hat-tr­cik along with a dou­ble to Oli Watts.

Nel­son Col­lege’s Le­ices­ter Fain­gaanuku was awarded the Phillip Mc­Don­ald Me­mo­rial Medal as this year’s MVP. His strength and pace set him apart which, com­bined with his goal­kick­ing abil­ity, made him the log­i­cal MVP se­lec­tion.

ALDEN WIL­LIAMS/STUFF

Christchurch Boys’ High School cel­e­brate after win­ning the UC Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal.

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