PALMER­STON NORTH BHS

NZ Rugby World - First XV - - SUPER 8 -

With around eight play­ers back in 2015, Palmer­ston North BHS, beaten fi­nal­ists in the Su­per 8 and the Hur­ri­canes com­pe­ti­tion, still fancies their chances of at least mak­ing the de­cider again in 2015. “There are big holes to fill, but we’ve been de­vel­op­ing guys over the last cou­ple of sea­sons to re­place them,” says coach Blair van Stipri­aan.

Top of that ex­it­ing list is NZ Schools No 8 Hay­den Spencer, a real king­pin in the First XV. Fa­bien Kiri may just slot into those boots af­ter mak­ing a good fist of his game time, of­ten off the bench. Lock Liam Gil­trap will skip­per the side, keen to build on his 2014 progress.

While proud to make the first Su­per 8 fi­nal, van Stipri­aan knows how hard his charges pushed Hamil­ton BHS in the roundrobin, fall­ing nar­rowly 22-20.

“I think we’re prob­a­bly a wild­card,” says van Stipri­aan. Nice try. Palmie will con­tend and the com­pe­ti­tion knows it too.

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