A clutch of returning players in their senior year champing at the bit to end their First XV days on a high can be a powerful motivating force. Such is the case with Gisborne BHS, which placed fifth on the 2015 log. No one will worry about that when planning how to shut down this side, which likes to move the ball. While the loss of NZ Schools lock Isaia Walker-Leaware will be keenly felt, long-time coach Tom Cairns knows others will step up. Think loose forward Naera Tipoki, son of Rua Tipoki, who still helps out, locks Gabe Te Kani and Tyler Symon-Burke, prop Jarryd Broughton, and a multi-skilled midfield of Tame Curtis and Nathan Rangihuna. No less than 16 are back from the youngish side of 2015 and all are now used to the lengthy bus travel that goes with playing for Gisborne. With apologies to the likes of Timaru BHS, Gisborne appeal as the best schoolboy First XV at a Heartland union.