On Saturday 20 August, the St Paul's U14 Rugby team wrapped up their unbeaten season by winning the Waikato U14 final, beating Hamilton Boys' High School: 21-15.
It was an intense final with the lead changing two to three times throughout the match. With both sides locked at seven all at halftime, thanks to a try to Caleb Blake (Year 10) and an amazing sideline conversion from Quintus Daniell (Year 9).
The second half was played with the same intensity, with both teams playing for territory and applying pressure. Hamilton Boys' High School scored a try early plus a penalty to lead 15-7. St Paul's replied with a try to Quintus and a second to Caleb, both converted by Quintus to take the score to 21-15.
Our boys then spent the next 10 minutes defending their goal line from relentless waves of attack from Hamilton Boys'. However, they couldn't break the courageous and committed defence from the St Paul's players meaning St Paul's won the division unbeaten!
The boys were awarded the Steve Gordon Trophy as a token of their title.