South Otago U15s do re­gion proud

Clutha Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RICHARD DAVISON

South Otago High School’s un­der15 rugby squad re­turned with a spring in its step af­ter com­ing third among 26 teams at­tend­ing the re­cent South Is­land champs.

The squad of 22 trav­elled to Grey­mouth for the an­nual South Is­land U15 tour­na­ment, where they started strongly in the morn­ing with a 19-8 vic­tory over last year’s com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Ran­giora. With barely time to catch breath, they took to the field again that af­ter­noon to record a fur­ther vic­tory, this time by 43-5, over Pa­panui.

SO High School teacher in charge Jason Palmer said con­di­tions de­te­ri­o­rated on the fol­low­ing day, when the team came up against a de­ter­mined Waimea.

‘‘This was a tough game in ter­ri­ble wet, windy con­di­tions with nei­ther side want­ing to give in. We were lucky to take the win 10-5 which placed us sec­ond qual­i­fier over­all.’’

South Otago played old foes Taieri that af­ter­noon, play­ing ‘‘out of their skins’’ to win 24-11.

Sadly their cup run was to come to a close at the semi-fi­nal stage the fol­low­ing day against an­other old foe, and even­tual tour­na­ment win­ners - Dunedin’s John McGlashan Col­lege - with McGlashan emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous 28-15.

Palmer thanked the team’s sup­port­ers and spon­sors, and gave spe­cial credit to coaches Stephen Dent and Tony Mal­lon for their ‘‘ex­cep­tional’’ hard work.

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