East Coast and Boys’ High players show talent in abundance

GBHS win 14-0

GBHS win 14-0

They have got to stay in rugby.

The talent in both the Gisborne Boys’ High School under-15s and the East Coast u18s is enormous.

While Boys’ High thoroughly deserved their 14-0 win on Saturday, they paid a high price for victory . . . in bumps and bruises. And that goes for the tryscorers, too — centre Whetu King-Taufa and tighthead prop Chrysler Stevens.

The score at the break was nil-all. Boys’ High fullback Western Poutu converted both second-half tries in a hard-fought game, King-Taufa having scored first.

Loosehead prop Drake Wanoa was the GBHS player of the day for his hard running and tackling, while for East Coast the equally hard-hitting Ngakorau Potiki-Nohotima, at blindside flanker, was Coast head coach Jesse Haenga’s player of the day.

“The boys defended well and I saw a lot of potential; we’ll get better,” Haenga said.

Two other standouts for the Coast were their captain, powerhouse No.8-cum-loosehead prop Porourangi Nepia-Poutu, and towering lock Kyah Hollis.

Hollis’s work-rate, tackling and lineout battle with Boys’ High captain and No.8 Lochi Mead were highlights of the game. Coast right wing Romeo Newey-Schumann posed a major threat with his pace. He tested GBHS on the extremities.

Boys’ High first five-eighth John Horua and Coast fullback Phatts Takarangi were both sin-binned by referee Royce Maynard in the second half but Boys’ High co-coach Wiremu Kaa commended Maynard and David Stevenson, who controlled the first half, for their management of the breakdown and for playing good advantage.

Kaa said: “That was uncompromising rugby. We won that on-field position, earned by hard graft.”

They have got to stay in rugby.

The talent in both the Gisborne Boys’ High School under-15s and the East Coast u18s is enormous.

While Boys’ High thoroughly deserved their 14-0 win on Saturday, they paid a high price for victory . . . in bumps and bruises. And that goes for the tryscorers, too — centre Whetu King-Taufa and tighthead prop Chrysler Stevens.

The score at the break was nil-all. Boys’ High fullback Western Poutu converted both second-half tries in a hard-fought game, King-Taufa having scored first.

Loosehead prop Drake Wanoa was the GBHS player of the day for his hard running and tackling, while for East Coast the equally hard-hitting Ngakorau Potiki-Nohotima, at blindside flanker, was Coast head coach Jesse Haenga’s player of the day.

“The boys defended well and I saw a lot of potential; we’ll get better,” Haenga said.

Two other standouts for the Coast were their captain, powerhouse No.8-cum-loosehead prop Porourangi Nepia-Poutu, and towering lock Kyah Hollis.

Hollis’s work-rate, tackling and lineout battle with Boys’ High captain and No.8 Lochi Mead were highlights of the game. Coast right wing Romeo Newey-Schumann posed a major threat with his pace. He tested GBHS on the extremities.

Boys’ High first five-eighth John Horua and Coast fullback Phatts Takarangi were both sin-binned by referee Royce Maynard in the second half but Boys’ High co-coach Wiremu Kaa commended Maynard and David Stevenson, who controlled the first half, for their management of the breakdown and for playing good advantage.

Kaa said: “That was uncompromising rugby. We won that on-field position, earned by hard graft.”

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