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.