The King’s team received a shock with a very good Botany Downs Secodnary School team holding them down to a 5-5 draw. This was a timely reminder of keeping high standards if we wanted to win the tournament. Three Tries were scored by Ethan Stuart, and the other two went to Trent Taiaroa and Maikel Tuala.
The team certainly woke up and responded by taking a win over Waitakere College ,11-1. Stuart got another hat trick, as did Ali Leiataua. Other scores were Dayton Iobu, Max Webb, Tuala, Piki Mihinui, Budda Doyle and Che Clark.
This set up a quarter final against Mount Albert Grammar School. King’s ran away with a win of 11-2. Tries went to Clark, Mihinui (3), Webb, Leiataua (2), Stuart and Doyle (2).
The much awaited semi-final was a repeat of last year’s final against Sacred Heart College. An immensely tight game was only broken in the final few minutes with King’s playing a flowing, passing game the opposition struggled to defend. Tries went to Tuala (2), Mihinui (with another hat trick), Iobu and Clark for a 7-2 win.
The final against Westlake Boys High School was a strong display of fitness as the quarters, semis, then final, were played without a break. King’s fitness shone through with a resounding 7-2 victory. Tries were scored by Clark, Senio Paluga, Leiataua, Doyle, Christian Pese, Webb and Mihinui.