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3rd XV v. Napier Boys' High School
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3rd XV Rugby vs Napier Boys' High School


The annual fixture against Napier Boys' High School had been eagerly anticipated by members of the 3rd XV rugby team, especially in the week leading up to the game, with all players showing up to training. Not only was this newfound enthusiasm good to see, but it also gave the team an opportunity for their first win of the season.

Outstanding performances through the midfield saw Tamati Durie-McGrath often break the line and present opportunities for Noah Paskins to get outside his opposite on numerous occasions. This led to the first try for Forbes Kennedy, cutting back against play to score under the posts. Ever dependable Matthew “the boot” Ohlson converted the try.

A resounding effort at the breakdown saw PNBHS maintain possession and able to apply pressure going into half-time with a 7-5 lead. Napier BHS would keep attacking, but every time inspirational captain Hayden “D-Mac” Bell knocked them over. 

This kept the lads excited, with the front row club steamrolling the scrum forwards. Pick-and-go attempts close to the line would see Jack Stratford and Hayden Bell cross for a 19-5 win to PNBHS. A victory that will always be remembered for these young men.

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