vs Mt Roskill
29 – 10, Win
First half of the game starts off with a beautiful kick off by Callum Murray towards the opposition. King's defence wasn't as strong as past games which gave the opposition a couple of metres to the King's 22, getting a line out and scoring on the wing but missing the conversion, score now is 0-5 to Mt Roskill. King's defence started to pick up with great defence by the forwards such as Jarius Iosefa and good metres by the backs as Bailey Liu. King's managed to hold the defence on their 22 which gave the opposition a chance to kick the ball around the try line to hope for a try but thanks to fullback Levi Te Rangi managed to get the ball in time, spreading the ball out wide with good ball handling by the backs and managing to get a try by King's wing Bailey Liu with good speed to out run there backs and a successful conversion by Callum Murray, score now is 7-5 to King's.
Second half started with a kick by Mt Roskill and a great attack by King's. Due to the great pressure by King's on the opposition's 22, Jarius Iosefa managed to get a try on the wing with good ball handling and good foot work but an unsuccessful conversion, score now is 12-5 to King's. Mt Roskill came back with a good attack on King's defence and managed to score a try on the wing but yet again another unsuccessful conversion, score now is 12-10 to King's. King's managed to get back at them with a great try by Brodey Warren on the wing with great speed and power, but a missed conversion yet again, score now is 17-10 to King's. King's came back again with another great attack and managed to get right on the opponents' try line with help by Jarius Iosefa, Robin Couly and managing to score another try by Bailey Liu on the wing yet again by great ball handling by the backs, but a missed conversion, score now is 22-10 to King's. King's managed to score another try with great attack and ball handling and pressure by Robin Couly and a great conversion from Harry Sinclair, score now is 29-10 to King's
King's managed to keep up the great defence and held off any attempts for Mt Roskill to score a try, this letting King's win a very hard and rewarding game of 29-10 to King's. The boys have trained hard for the season and shown what they have learned in this game, although there is still more that the boys can work on to improve in the next following games coming on these Saturdays.
Bradley Raina, (Year 10, St. John’s)
vs Rosmini College
17 – 27, Loss
A depleted King’s College 7A met a well-disciplined Rosmini College in their 4th round match on Saturday. Played on the King’s College No 2, which provided both teams with fantastic playing conditions, both sides showed plenty of willingness to give the ball air and a match worthy of both sides’ commitment and skill levels was enjoyed by both sets of spectators and hopefully the players themselves.
Starting faster than they had the previous week, King’s strong forward pack soon found themselves camped in the opposition’s half and after a first solid 10 minutes work, prop Ben Tapper crossed the line to open the scoring with an unconverted try.
However, Rosmini was never going to go away and after some seesaw attacking down either touchline was able to skirt around some ineffectual King’s tackling to open their account and take the score line to 5-7.
A second Rosmini try scored in similar circumstances five minutes later saw them widen the margin to 5 -12. Having figured out how to breach the King’s defensive line, a third try wasn’t far behind to give Rosmini a 5 -17 lead.
However, King’s forwards again provided the impetus to keep their side in the game. After a series of strong forward rushes, No 8 Fin Olde added to the King’s tally and the conversion by Jack McKay saw Kings shorten the deficit and head into halftime down 12 – 17.
With only one reserve in Tom Stokes who just before the game commenced had just finished a cross country run, the same King’s side took to the field in the second half. With the halftime talk still ringing in their ears, the forward pack again lead the way and Fin Olde added a second unconverted try to the score line to balance the game out at 17 all.
However, a tiring King’s side were no match for a fired up Rosmini side and having figured out that stretching the game across the width of the field opened up large defensive gaps for their extremely fast backline, they soon added two more tries to their tally and ran out deserved winners 17 – 27.
A disappointed King’s side could still celebrate a well-played match and hopefully their next week match against table leaders Takapuna at Takapuna will see them back to full strength.