A two-day camp for our First XV in Te Pūtake Lodge at King’s College on the Thursday and Friday before the game allowed our players to regroup after a few days of holidays and get some solid training in. Rugby Head Coach Tasesa Lavea and Head of Sport Jim Potts had no problem motivating the players after a narrow and disappointing loss the week prior against Saint Kentigern College.
King’s opened the scoring within the first five minutes of the game with a try to Edward Vaeau-Mulitalo, converted by Ciarahn Matoe. The King’s forwards showed their dominance early on and despite a dedicated Aorere defence, Takaji Young Yen barged over and added to the score board. A final try to AJay Mua just before half-time had King’s on a well-deserved 21-0 lead.
Aorere came out with a renewed attitude in the second half and seemed to be more comfortable throwing the ball around. An early break from their Centre saw them get close to the line and finally cross to open the second half scoring, but with a missed conversion.
The Aorere try seemed to spur the King’s players on and drag them out of their comfort zone with Mua crossing after a strong run down the blindside. His run saw the cover defence not up to the task with Mua having passing options both inside and outside of him but not needing them.
King’s were not done yet and after some strong forward play, Callum Douglas found room down the sideline and crossed out-wide. Douglas thought he would have another go shortly after and this time as the ball swung back to the blind from a well worked move. Douglas found himself with a two on one, sold the dummy and crossed untouched. The conversion from Matoe gave a final score of 38-5, a good day's work for our First XV players.
The King’s First XV players now break for the holidays and get some well-earned rest before coming together at the end of the holidays to travel to Palmerston North Boys’ High School for a traditional fixture on Saturday 23 July.
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