Francis Douglas flick off St Peter’s
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.