Cru­den kicks the win­ner

The Tribune (NZ) - - TERRACE END - SHAUN EADE

It took a fair bit of nerve, but Ste­wart Cru­den showed a cool head as he kicked a match­win­ning penalty for Palmer­ston North Boys’ High School against Ro­torua Boys’ High School in Palmer­ston North on Satur­day.

Stand­ing 40m out from the line, 15m in from touch, with boggy ground un­der­neath him and a gust­ing wind blow­ing into his face, it was a far from easy kick. But the side’s co-cap­tain nailed it in the fi­nal play of the match to hand Boys’ High the 16-13 win.

With just the Pol­son Ban­ner match against Napier left, they have won three and lost three. The win over Ro­torua is one they would look to em­u­late in that match.

Palmer­ston North shot out to a 6-0 lead af­ter a pair of penal­ties to Cru­den. Ro­torua scored two tries af­ter Palmer­ston North was slow to re­act to quick taps. That saw them take 10-6 lead into the break. Right af­ter half­time Ro­torua added an­other penalty to move seven points clear. But Boys’ High, led by Tyler Labuscher and cen­tre Ethan Helu-Makasini, kept bat­tling away. Tire­less flanker Macken­zie Tans­ley crossed from short range to level the scores and they held on to set up the fi­nal penalty at­tempt.

Palmer­ston North Boys’ High School 16 (Macken­zie Tans­ley try; Ste­wart Cru­den 2 pen, con) Ro­torua Boys’ High School 13 (2 tries; pen) HT: 10-6 Ro­torua

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

Macken­zie Tans­ley scored Palmer­ston North Boys’ High School’s sole try against Ro­torua Boys’ High School.

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