New Plymouth Boys' High claim top dog again
8 May 2017
At the end of 70 minutes there could be no real argument as to the top rugby school in Taranaki at present.
New Plymouth Boys' High School are after they defeated Francis Douglas Memorial College 27-19 at Yarrow Stadium on Saturday night.
The victors were simply too good across the park, were better at set piece and attacked and defended a lot better than their opponents.
The game started at a hell of a clip with Francis Douglas opening the scoring early on with an excellent try to halfback Jackson Sinclair.
That was as good as it got for a period for them as Boys' High found their feet and started to find holes in the Francis Douglas defence.
One of the biggest issues Francis Douglas had was their inability to win their own lineout while their scrum also came under increased pressure.
Time and again Boys' High punched through some rather flimsy defence as Francis Douglas tried desperately to halt the tide.
They failed to get anywhere near exciting fullback Jamahl Hapi, though, as he scored a brilliant individual try to make it 22-7.
It could have been even worse for them right on halftime but Boys' High had a try ruled out after centre Josh Setu was ruled to have lost the ball.
If Francis Douglas had any chance of winning they had to start the second half well. They did, scoring a try but Boys' High were simply able to counter it.
The game then stuttered along for a period before Francis Douglas scored with seven minutes left but Boys' High were never really under threat of losing it.
At a glance
New Plymouth Boys' High School 27 (J Hapi 2, M Falaniko, S Bristowe, Z Firth tries; H Setu con) Francis Douglas Memorial College 17 (J Sinclair, M Laapo, N Peters tries; Sinclair 2 cons).