South Otago U15s do region proud
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.