St Peter’s predicting a tough final


St Peter’s College takes on a traditional Southland school rugby powerhouse in the under-18 final tomorrow.
The First XV play Southland Boy’s College Second XV in what should be a tense match for both sets of supporters.
The last time the two teams played was midway through the season in round 6, when St Peter’s ground out a one-point 19-18 win at home.
They are back at home for the final too, in what coach Dylan Ditchfield believed would be the only advantage for the side come the game.
The side has gone through the season unbeaten so far but Ditchfield believed that counted for little.
‘‘We can’t rely on our unbeaten record. We need to focus on this being another physical game of rugby. In a final anything can happen, so the boys will need to make sure they are motivated to play for each other,’’ Ditchfield said.
He expected the Southland Boy’s team to come out firing after losing in roundrobin play to St Peter’s.
Southland Boy’s College is a rugby school and its top team competes in the Otago Colts Competition.
‘‘They are quite a young team who enjoys to throw the ball around the field to tire other teams out. They are very fit and will do lots of running all over, so we will have to make sure we are not too sluggish,’’ he said.
Ditchfield said it was important for the St Peter’s players to remember their team values.
He believed it was necessary to focus on what they were doing rather than what the other team would bring.
After making a semifinal last season, the side’s aim had been to reach the finals once again.
It booked a home final after an unbeaten run in which the only speed bump was a 12-12 draw with Central Southland College.
It rectified that draw with a 17-0 win in its semifinal last week.
Ditchfield said if the players could manage a win tomorrow, it would be the highlight of the year for some of them.
‘‘It would mean a lot and give a lot of pride to them. They have spent a lot of time working together and working hard to achieve results. A victory on Saturday will make all that hard work worthwhile,’’ he said.
The effort would be one to remember for the players, as First XV rugby was unlike any other rugby.
If they were to win tomorrow against a rugby school, Ditchfield believed it would be quite an achievement for the team and would show they could punch above their weight.Sneakers StoreWomens Shoes Footwear & Shoes Online