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Taranaki teams beaten in Top Four regional semis

Taranaki teams beaten in Top Four regional semis

Taranaki teams beaten in Top Four regional semis

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Taranaki teams beaten in Top Four regional semis

Taranaki’s involvement in the National Top Four first XV rugby championship has come to an end after New Plymouth Boys’ High School and Opunake High School were beaten in their Chiefs region semifinals at the weekend.

The New Plymouth Boys’ High School first XV lost 48-28 to Rotorua Boys’ High School in the boys’ schools section of the competition, while the Opunake High School first XV were beaten 47-8 by St Peter’s Cambridge in the co-ed schools section.

New Plymouth Boys’ High School competed well with their more favoured opposition and scored five tries in a high-scoring match at the Gully Ground on Saturday. But five missed conversions and three intercept passes that resulted in Rotorua tries proved too hard to overcome. Two of the intercepts came when New Plymouth were in attacking positions.

Other than an early 3-0 lead, New Plymouth played catch-up throughout and were behind 25-13 at halftime. Aside from scoring five tries, New Plymouth also had Rotorua under pressure for large parts of the match but were unable to turn it into points.

Prop Tuterangi Anderson, who is still just year 11, scrummed well and carried the ball strongly, while Slade Bristowe, on the wing, and fullback Indiha Saotui-Hutu worked hard all game.

The Opunake High School first XV put in a massive effort against St Peter’s Cambridge at Opunake on Saturday, but St Peter’s class shone through in the second half and they went on to score a comfortable win.

St Peter’s had a huge size advantage against an Opunake side that had been disrupted by the ineligibility of five regular players. However, Opunake scrambled admirably and at 17-3 down just before the break, and with the prospect of the wind at their backs in the second half, there was belief they were in with a shot at a major upset.

However, tries just before and after halftime took the wind out of their sails and St Peter’s took control of the match.

Opunake’s determination was rewarded near fulltime when Shaan Wineera scored after the team had pounded away at St Peter’s line. A penalty from Luke Berquist completed Opunake’s scoring.

TRFU Media Release