Millar nails Otago debut

Kicking machine... Former Gore High School pupil Cameron Millar successfully kicks for goal against Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium.during the round nine Bunnings NPC match between Otago and Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

It was as if he had been there for years.

Former Gore High School pupil Cameron Millar made an impressive first-class debut for Otago last Sunday, as his trusty boot led the side to a 33-28 victory over Wellington at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Millar, who is in his first year out of school, did not miss a shot at goal, converting all three Otago tries and also slotting four penalties.

One of those penalties was near on 50m and sailed between the posts.

Millar (19) seems to have a liking for Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Millar moved to Otago Boys’ High School in his later years of schooling and in last year’s schools final helped himself to 23 points in the 33-19 win for his side.

This year in the club final, Millar kicked six penalties as his club Taieri had a 21-17 win over Green Island to claim the club title.

In his first-class debut last Sunday he was again in top form, grabbing 18 points and helping lead Otago to victory.

As the match was a non-competition fixture, Otago used the occasion to rest regular first five Josh Ioane and Millar was called up.

Otago coach Tom Donnelly was fully confident in Millar before the game. He had been training with the team once a week and the match against Wellington was the perfect window to give the young man an opportunity.

“I think he’s got a massive future in the game. He is level-headed, he has a great skillset and he is a really good kicker of the ball,” Donnelly said.

Though he did well, Millar was not expected to start for Otago when the side takes on Waikato in its final regular-season game in Rotorua on Friday night.