Ray Anderson is one very proud man.
The Gore High School coach’s First XV side won the Rugby Southland Under-17 grade and went through the season unbeaten.
Gore High beat Southland Boys’ High School Blue 22-15 at the Gore AP Showgrounds on Saturday.
“I’m exceptionally proud of them,” Anderson said.
“The boys did well considering there are a lot of young boys in the side and three of them were at tournament at the start of the week.”
It was a win that grew from a strong start.
The team started well and “got it in their heads that they could win”.
“Blues played well, too.
“It was a very good game.
“It was reffed well and the parents said it was a great game to watch, from both teams, and you can’t ask for more from the young fellas.”
The forwards were physical up front and dominated during set pieces.
Fullback Hayden Graves was solid in the back, stopping Southland Boys’ running lines, he said.
The team worked hard at training during the week and it was evident in the game.
“They went really well and got on with the job.”
Anderson was impressed with the leadership his players showed.
“I thought the older boys led very well and really stood up and the younger ones follow them.”
About eight players were aged 15 or so and he was pleased with their progression through the season.