First XV rack up a big score against One Tree Hill Posted on June 25, 2018 (July 1, 2018) by jimpotts First XV Following our hard fought win against traditional rivals – AGS the previous Saturday, we relished the opportunity to rest some of our more experienced players and ring the changes for our away clash with newly promoted and current bottom of the table – One Tree Hill College. This provided some of our squad members the perfect opportunity to get some valuable game time and push for starting positions in the team as we continue to strive for a spot in the semi-finals. Matches against teams like these are hard to fathom, firstly – because we had never played against them before, so didn’t really know what to expect, and secondly, because teams can take opposition like this too lightly and get a surprise. The conditions were perfect for our style of play and the field, although a little soft underfoot, was well grassed and prepared by our hosts. We started slowly and this may have been the after-effects of our huge challenge the week before. We eventually scored a couple of well-constructed tries to stand-in No 8 – Judda Turahui and 1st 5/8 – Zarn Sullivan but One Tree Hill never gave in and nearly scored one themselves. As time ticked away, the team ground into their work and started to play some attractive rugby. We scored a further five tries to Turahui (again), left winger – Luron Iosefa, fullback – Aidan Morgan, 2nd 5/8 and captain for the day – Lukas Halls as well as blindside flanker – Tevyn Anitelea. Morgan was able to convert five of the seven first half tries and we held a comfortable 45 – 0 halftime lead. At the break, the coaches started to make substitutions and by the end of the match, the entire bench had been emptied with all 22 members getting game time. The momentum that had been gathered in the first half continued after the break with a further eight tries being scored by right wing – Temple Kalepo, halfback – Dayton Iobu, Anitelea (again), Turahui (to complete his hat-trick), prop – Leandro Vakatini, flanker – Noah Perelini, Iosefa again and finally Sullivan right on full time. Morgan converted another five of those second half tries for a personal tally of 25 points. At the final whistle, the boys had racked up an impressive 95 – 0 scoreline to please the coaches as well as the spectators. Next week we host Kelston Boys High School who sit just below us on the points table in fifth position, with a very serious possibility of making the top four if they topple us. So, the coaches and players have started preparation for our final match this term as we look to close out the term in second or third place and cement our place as a semi-finalist in this very tough and challenging 1A competition.