24 Jun 2024

Monday 24 June 2024

See below for a wrap up of the weekend's games. 

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First XV 14 vs 25 St Peter's College

The First XV went down 14-25 to St Peter’s College at The Cage on Saturday.

Injuries and illness plagued King’s as Calvin Harris-Tavita (Year 11, Parnell) and captain Flynn Hamilton-Muller (Year 13, Averill) were unavailable for the game.

Things didn’t get any easier once the match was underway, as forwards Charlie Burn (Year 12, School), Ethan Ola (Year 12, Averill) and Jamie Ludbrook (Year 11, St John's) left the field during the first half because of various ailments.

But with a ‘next man up’ mentality, the First XV didn’t shirk the challenge presented by a large and physical St Peter’s side. Second five, Saia Manu (Year 12, Averill) captained the team in Hamilton-Muller’s absence.

The First XV were keen to move the ball laterally and run St Peter’s around, but the narrow dimensions of the turf at The Cage meant there was little space down the flanks.

Go-forward through the middle also proved tricky, with St Peter’s flying up off their line in defence, which stifled King’s.

After St Peter’s got on the board with an early try, King’s fought their way back into the contest as Burn scored from a lineout drive before exiting the game.

First five, Harrison Martin (Year 13, Selwyn) added the extras, which levelled the scores at 7-all after 24 minutes.

That was as close as things would get though and St Peter’s kicked a penalty and scored an unconverted try before the halftime whistle went.

Starting the second spell trailing 7-15, King’s needed to be next to score, but they could not find a way to do so through the relentless defence of the home side.

St Peter’s continued to tick the scoreboard over as they added another penalty and then a converted try in the 47th minute, which all but killed the game off.

An 18-point deficit proved too big of a mountain to climb for King’s as they could not string enough phases together to put St Peter’s under pressure, with handling errors proving costly.

Some individual brilliance from fullback Ryan Young (Year 12, Parnell) helped set up a late try for wing Kahu Cotterill (Year 13, School) that Zion Heiloa-Savaka (Year 12, Peart) converted.

Young carried the ball fearlessly from fullback all game, while forwards Connor Empson (Year 13, St John's), Jacob Carter (Year 12, School) and Johan Schaumkell (Year 12, School) got through a power of work.

The result left King’s in sixth place on the 1A ladder, but they are only five competition points behind Kelston Boys’ High School, who are in third.

The team’s next outing is an away trip to Botany Downs Secondary College on Saturday 29 June with kick-off set for 2.30pm.

Tries: Charlie Burn, Kahu Cotterill
Conversions: Harrison Martin, Zion Heiloa-Savaka

 

Second XV 19 vs 20 De La Salle College

The Second XV lost 19-20 as a second De La Salle penalty attempt flew over the goalposts in the eternity of extra, extra time on Saturday. The oh-so-close nail-biter of a match against De La Salle 2A saw the boys gallantly defend their 3-point lead right to the bitter end. To be fair, De La Salle had dominated possession and the territory stakes the whole second half, keeping King’s scoreless throughout. A smidgeon of time remained, a glimmer of hope, for one final surge for the points to win, but De La Salle were desperate, throwing everything they had left into defence and successfully ran out the clock.

The first half of the match saw three exciting and dynamic tries scored by wingers Joseph Fatuvalu (Year 12, Averill) and Johnny Wilson (Year 12, Parnell), as well as centre Spencer Capper (Year 12, Parnell) – all off the back of a solid platform of possession from set plays by both forwards and backs. Scrummaging and lineouts generally worked well, and phase play was well-maintained throughout by keeping possession secure and staying in the right areas of the field for territorial advantage. A valiant effort boys, onwards and upwards from here! Virtus Pollet.

Tries: Joseph Fatuvalu, Johnny Wilson, Spencer Capper
Conversions: Felix Spary (Year 11, Selwyn) (2)

 

1R BYE

 

1R Gold 26 vs 12 Green Bay High School

Played on King’s No 1 at 12pm under a clear Blue winter sky.

King’s forwards took it to Green Bay right from the kickoff.

After 9 minutes, Jack Jamison (Year 11, Peart) scored the first of his two tries, which was converted by Dan Chitty (Year 12, School), taking the score to 7-0 for us.

At the 18th minute, King’s lost openside flanker Denver Olde (Year 12, School) to a head knock. 1R Gold reshuffled and Jamison scored again in the 23rd minute, again converted by Chitty. King’s were now 14-0.

Green Bay scored an unconverted try in the last play of the 1st half. King’s were ahead 14-5 for halftime.

The second half saw number 8 Jimmy Berry (Year 12, Parnell) play some outstanding rugby, scoring in the 43rd minute, converted by Chitty. King’s were now at a comfortable 21-5. 

After some good forward driving from Dayton Ng Wun (Year 11, Greenbank), we scored in the 52nd minute, which remained unconverted. 1R Gold were now confident with their 26-5 lead. 

Green Bay kept the pressure on playing most of the final quarter in King’s half and eventually scored in the 65th minute, which they converted, making the final score 26-12.

It was a brilliant day out enjoyed by all. 

 

5A 23 vs 12 Sacred Heart College

There has been a sense within the team that this week’s game against the top-of-the-table Sacred Heart would provide the true benchmark of where the King’s 5A team are at within this competition and the game did not disappoint.

Right from the first kick-off and for the first 15 minutes, King’s were relentless on attack and didn't allow Sacred Heart out of their own half. King’s built pressure through a combination of control at ruck time and clinical set-piece play. King’s first try came after 9 minutes from a strong scrum 35 metres out from the line, which gave Matt Cunningham (Year 11, Greenbank) the time to chip over the top for Kasey Lewis (Year 11, Greenbank) to collect the ball and go in under the posts. Lewis converted his own try, and the score was 7-0 to King’s.

Off the kick-off, King's went straight back down to the Sacred Heart end and after 3 minutes of pressure, King’s gained a penalty 30 metres out, which Cunningham easily converted bringing the score to 10-0.

The remainder of the half saw Sacred Heart come back into the game, but with Sam Coulter (Year 11, School) and George Crawford (Year 12, Peart) dominating the air at lineout time, King’s deprived Sacred Heart of the ball. The first half finished off 10-0.

The second half saw the anticipated comeback from Sacred Heart, with them scoring a try at the 6-minute mark under the King’s posts and converting it, closing the gap to 10-7 to King’s.

King’s responded 5 minutes later, leveraging the lineout dominance with a rolling maul and from the ensuing ruck, a pick-and-go from Zavier Linstrom (Year 11, Greenbank). His offload in the tackle enabled Max Caughey (Year 11, St John’s) to go in for the try in the corner. The score was 15-7 to the King’s.

Sacred Heart came back once again at the 20-minute mark with an unconverted try of their own, closing the gap back to 15-12 with 15 minutes to go. From this point onwards, King’s stepped up and controlled the game and did not allow Sacred Heart the space or time to get back into the game. Through a spate of penalties at ruck time due to ill-disciplined play and behaviour from Sacred Heart, King’s worked its way up the field and Cunningham kicked another fine penalty, extending the lead to 18-12.

With minutes left in the game, King’s went back to its strength of the lineout and from a 5-metre lineout and the resulting drive, Finn Jones (Year 11, Parnell) scored in the corner, finishing the game 23-12 to King’s.

The players of the day were George Crawford and Kasey Lewis, both for their immense defence and their level of intensity throughout the game. A great all-around effort from the team and the best display of team rugby so far this season prove that the team has what it takes to win the competition over the coming months.

Tries: Kasey Lewis, Max Caughey,Finn Jones
Conversions/penalties: Kasey Lewis, Matt Cunningham (2)

 

6A 7 vs 14 Sacred Heart College

It was clear from the start that this would be a physical game with both sides carrying hard and battling at the breakdown. Sacred was clearly determined to get in King’s faces and disrupt their play with good line speed, which they managed to do successfully throughout the game. Sacred’s strong forward runners started to punch some holes in the King’s defence and got them on the front foot before good hands in the backs exploited an overlap and the winger beat the cover defence to race in from 40m out. The try was converted and King’s were 7-0 down, knowing they faced a tough battle. The remainder of the first half was even, with most of the play in the middle of the field and neither side managing to break the other’s line.

King’s started the second half strongly but was soon on the back foot against a determined Sacred side. King’s defended well but struggled to get out of their own half until Hugh Smithies (Year 10, Parnell) intercepted a Sacred backline move and sprinted under the posts from his own half. The scores were level after the successful conversion by Caleb Stephens (Year 10, Greenbank) and the supporters were hopeful this might mark a shift in the game's momentum. Unfortunately, Sacred was soon back on the front foot and another good team move saw a try scored in the corner, which was brilliantly converted to make the score 14-7 to Sacred. King’s kept fighting and camped in the Sacred half for the last 5 minutes of the game but couldn’t break down some excellent defence. The last play of the game saw Harry Rutherford (Year 11, School) held up over the line as the referee blew the final whistle.

Sacred deserved the win, but King’s never gave up and, as the coaches said, can be proud that they stuck together as a team and stayed in the fight until the end. On to Grammar next week.

Try: Hugh Smithies
Conversion: Caleb Stephens

 

U15R 0 vs 48 Sacred Heart College

In their first away game of the season, the King’s team faced a challenging match against Sacred Heart College, ending with a scoreline of 48-0. Despite the defeat, the King’s players showcased immense potential and determination throughout the game.

The first half saw King’s put up an impressive defensive effort, keeping the score to a narrow 10-0. The team’s commitment to holding the line was evident as they took numerous attacks from Sacred Heart. Standout performances in defence came from Arthur White (Year 9, Greenbank), whose big tackles repeatedly stopped the opposition in their tracks.

James Cunningham (Year 9, Greenbank) was a constant threat with some fantastic runs, demonstrating his agility and speed as he tried to break through Sacred Heart’s defence. His efforts, along with the cohesive plays from the team, showed glimpses of the attacking potential that King’s possesses.

As the game progressed into the second half, Sacred Heart capitalised on a few weaknesses and gained momentum, extending their lead significantly. Despite this, the King’s team never gave up, showing resilience and sportsmanship until the final whistle.

The team’s effort, coordination, and moments of brilliance on the field are encouraging signs for the future. They have undoubtedly learned valuable lessons from this game and will reflect on their performance to identify areas for improvement.

The team is now looking ahead to their next challenge against St Kent’s on Thursday 4th July. With the determination and talent displayed against Sacred Heart, the King’s rugby team is poised to return stronger and more prepared for the matches ahead.

Well done to the team for their hard work and continued commitment. I am excited to see their continued development and success in the upcoming games.

 

U15 Open 0 vs 26 Auckland Grammar

 

U14 Open 51 vs 10 Dilworth School

Under 14 Open played Dilworth School on the number one field early on a clear Saturday morning. The team had been much reduced in numbers over the last two weeks due to camp and injury and looked to perform with seventeen players against a team that had been, on par results wise. The First half was a close tussle, but good defence and some well-taken chances saw King’s ahead 17-5 at the break. King’s moved the ball better in the second half and ran out 51-10 winners, with the two tries each to Ben Leith (Year 10, St John’s) and Jonny Foord (Year 9, Selwyn) proving a more expansive pattern. The King’s player’s fitness also paid dividends in the last fifteen minutes of this game.