Fran­cis Dou­glas flick off St Peter’s

Taranaki Daily News - - Sport - Glenn McLean

The win­ning march con­tin­ued for Fran­cis Dou­glas Me­mo­rial Col­lege as they brushed off St Peter’s Col­lege 29-12 on Satur­day.

As usual, the win, which keeps them at the top of the Cen­tral North Is­land com­pe­ti­tion, was built on their 15-man brand of rugby, plenty of com­mit­ment and a fair dose of com­po­sure.

‘‘Across the whole board, I was pretty happy with them,’’ Fran­cis Dou­glas coach Tim Stuck said.

‘‘I was re­ally happy with the way we started again and we stuck to our sys­tems, which was re­ally pleas­ing.’’

Their start was near per­fect as they won the kick-off, went through plenty of phases and stretched the op­po­si­tion de­fence be­fore Thomas Kalin scored.

St Peter’s came back hard, how­ever, scor­ing a try be­fore Fran­cis Dou­glas en­joyed some good pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory to take a 12-7 lead into the break.

They ex­tended that out to 22-7 af­ter first five-eighth Eli Kneep­kens scored be­fore Paddy Ford made the game safe with his side’s fourth try.

The back three for Fran­cis Dou­glas – Steven Snox­ell, Henry Miles and Shaun Phillips – all played well, as did open­side flanker Du’Plessis Kir­ifi, who must be close to se­lec­tion for the New Zealand sec­ondary schools side, such is his form this sea­son.

Fran­cis Dou­glas play St Patrick’s Sil­ver­stream at New Ply­mouth on Wed­nes­day.

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