It was an emphatic first win of the season for Menzies College First XV.
Menzies beat Southland Boys’ High School Third XV 22-15 in the Rugby Southland under-18 match.
Southland Boys’ held the momentum of the game for the first 10 minutes until Menzies was able to string phases together.
Menzies second five-eighth Daniel Tyrell was dynamic with the ball and punished Southland Boys’ players for bringing the ball up the field.
Tyrell’s play allowed his side to score and take a 7-0 lead for most of the first half.
Southland Boys’ scored in the corner right on halftime and Menzies led 7-5 at the break.
Menzies scored after halftime and extended the lead to 12-8, after a penalty to Southland Boys’.
The team’s backs were nippy with their footwork and took up the field.
Menzies excelled at offloading the ball in the tackle to create momentum and help the team progress.
Menzies grabbed two more tries for a healthy 22-8 lead.
However, Southland Boys came back late in the piece and scored a converted try to make it 22-15.
Menzies had to hold on for the last period of play and did well to take the win.
Manager Tracey McLellan said the team were delighted to get on the board with their first win.
“Rapt to get the win good. It was a good team effort.”
The team was full of hardworking youth this season.
“They’re a good pick of kids and get on well. They’re a good team and have good camaraderie.”