The Menzies College under-15 rugby team won a closely fought game against St Peter’s College 33-27 in Gore on Saturday to win a place in the final of the competition.
The team, which is coached by Garth Devereux and Hayden Diack, will play Southland Boys’ High School White in Invercargill.
Devereux said there was not much between the two teams.
“It was a bit of a back and forwards tussle really,” Devereux said.
“Anyone could have won it in the last five minutes so it was satisfying for us to get the win but it was a really good game.”
Earlier in the season, St Peter’s had taken the honours by two points.
“We knew it was going to be tight.”
The team played into the wind in the first half but was able to take advantage of the blustery conditions in the second half.
“When we were pinned in our own 22, it made exiting a lot easier. If you had that wind behind you could make some really good metres.”
The forwards set a platform for the backs.
“We managed to get good set-piece ball for our backs and they managed to make the most of it.”
The backs played well to make some space to score.
St Peter’s is coached by Darius Takurua and Ricky Heaps.
Takurua said the close score reflected how even the game was.
“It was a evenly fought battle and lot of moments where it could have gone either way,” Takurua said.
“They deserved to win at the end of the day.”
There were moments in the game when either team could have thought they had the game won only to have their hopes dashed.
“It didn’t take much for the other team to fire back.”