NZ Rugby World - First XV - - OTAGO -

There’s a name that keeps rolling o the tongue when dark horses are dis­cussed and it hap­pens to al­ways be Waitaki Boys’. The Oa­maru school trumped most of the stel­lar Dunedin cast in the roundrobin and re­cent his­tory sug­gests it was no fluke. 2016 is look­ing es­pe­cially bank­able with a stag­ger­ing 17 play­ers re­turn­ing, in­clud­ing the en­tire pack that is lauded for its phys­i­cal­ity and bulk. Coaches Hamish McKen­zie and Wayne Kinzett aren’t cling­ing onto no­tions they are coun­try un­der­dogs mak­ing up num­bers and there is gen­uine abil­ity to be watch­ful of. Cap­tain­ing the side is ball-run­ning No 8 Josh Haward who looms large on the High­landers devel­op­ment radar and his love of con­tact is shared by his fel­low loosie Sailosi Vea. De­cep­tively quick for his size, Vea ar­rived from Tonga last sea­son and im­pressed through­out. Kafa Ka­toa casts an im­pos­ing and con­sis­tent fig­ure at hooker and is in his third year at this level, his o oad­ing and ball run­ning set to fea­ture yet again. While far from the fin­ished pack­age, Waitaki can­not and are not taken lightly by the in­ner-city folk and if their con­cen­tra­tion lev­els and promis­ing back­line can match the pack, they are a def­i­nite ti­tle threat.

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