TBI rugby on the rise af­ter stylish success

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Ti­tahi Bay In­ter­me­di­ate could be about to put it­self on the rugby map.

Last week the school’s 1st XV de­feated Hutt In­ter­na­tional Boys School 31-0 at Onepoto Do­main in less than ideal rugby con­di­tions.

The school’s new rugby coach, Richie An­der­ton, who has pre­vi­ously coached at Aotea Col­lege, said play­ing the Hutt school could be­come a reg­u­lar fix­ture, and there may be more fix­tures to come.

‘‘I’m keen to add more of these ex­change-type games,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s just an­other way these kids can be proud of their school and rep­re­sent it.’’

He said the match at Onepoto was played in great spir­its.

The team next play tomorrow at 4pm in a Beard Tro­phy cur­tain raiser against Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate at Porirua Park.

‘‘They’re mo­ti­vated and there’s a range of skills, from those that know the game well, to oth­ers that are start­ing out in rugby. I’m con­fi­dent they’ll mould to­gether into a de­cent team and it’s an­other way to pro­mote Ti­tahi Bay In­ter­me­di­ate in the com­mu­nity.’’

An­der­ton hoped more reg­u­lar matches against the Porirua basin’s other in­ter­me­di­ates, Tawa and Bran­don, could hap­pen in the fu­ture, and ex­pected his team to build well for the Welling­ton in­ter­me­di­ate re­gion­als later this year.

PHOTO: MASANORI UDAGAWA

– Sariah Pe­nese Led by 26 points from Sariah Pe­nese, St Mary’s Col­lege beat the pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Hutt Val­ley High School 74-51 on Fri­day night.

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