SOUTH OTAGO HIGH SCHOOL
When the Balclutha school is labelled ‘hard as nails’ by opposing coaches, you know there’s some passion involved and SOHS epitomise what rugby means to the region. The appetite at this school is evident and Heller is right in the thick of it. Even after their 20-3 season, he’s ready to shake o ‘the bad hair day’ in last year’s final and sees conditioning as an area they can focus on. Becoming durable and getting bigger, faster and fitter are the priorities. Up front and crucial to the title chances again are giant lock Josh Hill and hooker Brady Robertson. Both are ultra-consistent technical operators who breached the Highlanders development camp last term. First-five Chase Owen has helped facilitate the expansive SOHS style for the past two years and Heller believes his leadership and arsenal of skills will need to take the next step up to knock the ‘Johnnies’ o their perch.