In third place after dominating SGHS 2nd XV

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The Eastern under-18 girls rugby team trounced Southland Girls’ High School 2nd XV 60-10 on Monday.

The win secured third place for Eastern in the Secondary School Girls 1st XV competition.

Coach Kevin Holland could not have asked for a better performance from his team.

“Really proud of the girls, they played really well.

“They did everything that was asked of them,” Holland said.

The match, played at St Peter’s College Rugby Grounds, was controlled by Eastern right from the start.

Powerful fullback Kalesi Natuikata broke through about six Southland Girls’ players to score the opening try.

Eastern continued racking up the points to take the massive win.

The team has played through two full rounds of the competition, which included Southland Girls 1st XV and Verdon College 1st XV as well.

Holland was proud of the progress the team had shown through the season.

“They’ve improved a lot this season and performed well.”

The team placed second in the competition last year, but had varied from the previous year.

“We had about half the girls from last year but there’s a lot of younger ones coming through as well.

“The older ones are able to teach the younger ones, bringing them through.”

About 23 girls were involved in the team which boded well for female rugby in the region, Holland said.

First five-eighth Libby Miller (16) was named in the Southland women’s rugby side, and Georgia Holland (18) was named in the Southland development side.

The Southland under-18 girls team is set to be announced in the coming weeks.