NZ Rugby World - First XV - - AUCKLAND 1A -

Sa­cred Heart had a solid 2014, mak­ing the 1A semi­fi­nals. But the east Auck­land Catholic school is fast grow­ing tired of just mak­ing the semis. Coach Gus Leger is aim­ing higher and with 16 re­turn­ing, that is a sound base from which to launch a cam­paign. Daniel Tupu, the ‘Ton­gan Thor’ stole many of the head­lines, jus­ti­fi­ably, but also took some of the ku­dos from skilled work­ers such as One­hunga Hav­ili and Chris­tian Kelle­her. All have left school so up needs to step lock Con­rad Heath, hooker Joe Casey, No 8 Jack McHugh, half­back Joe Simp­kins and loose for­ward Hoskins So­tutu, among oth­ers. “We tend to think 1A is the pin­na­cle and maybe that’s why we haven’t got the choco­lates in the last 50 years,” says Leger.

Bott om right : HOLE PUNCH MAGS Out­side back Caleb Clarke, son of Eroni, searches for a hole in the Otahuhu de­fence.

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