Toko­roa bring home tro­phy

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Toko­roa High School First XV rugby team re­cently brought home the Tri­color tro­phy for the first time since 1989.

Its been 27 years since Toko­roa High School have had their name on the tro­phy which stu­dents were not aware they were play­ing for.

Coach Ricky Te Kanawa said the Toko­roa team played to their nor­mal high stan­dards but no­ticed the op­po­si­tion team St John’s were play­ing dif­fer­ently.

‘‘To them it was a goal to ob­tain the tro­phy.’’

Te Kanawa said ‘‘The boys didn’t know they were play­ing for it, it wasn’t un­til af­ter the game that their coach came up to us and handed it over.’’

Cap­tain of the team Sione Le­vao said it was a good feel­ing win­ning the tro­phy.

‘‘It felt good win­ning – go­ing out there with the lads and this [the tro­phy] was just the cherry on the top.’’

The team hav­ing only 16 play­ers meant there was only one re­serve as a lot of other team mem­bers were in­jured.

The tro­phy is very pres­ti­gious award that all di­vi­sion one se­condary school teams play for in the Waikato.

The team that holds the tro­phy puts it up to be chal­lenged in the hope that the op­po­si­tion team does not win and take it away.

The next game the first XV will play is an away game against Hamil­ton Boys White.

Coaches and mem­bers of the suc­cess­ful Toko­roa High School First XV.

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