Three second placed teams in Pool Play took advantage of their second lives in crossover fixtures to earn quarter final places. Hosts Kelston Boys' High School, Feilding High School and St. Bede's College sneaked into the last eight after finding form late in the day.
Kelston struggled past Westlake BHS 19-14 with two TJ Vaega tries proving the difference. However they were outclassed by Rotorua BHS in their second-game 29-14. Working style player of the year Isaac Te Aute scored two first-half tries before being rested for Rotorua's remaining games. In their crossover fixture Kelston beat Whangarei BHS 29-0. Earlier Whangarei had upset Gisborne BHS 10-7.
St. Bede's and Feilding enjoyed big first up wins before stumbling in their second games.
St. Bede's beat Alfriston College (a late replacement for Counties champions Manurewa High School) 45-0. Josh Tefler scored three tries and skipper Declan McCormack bagged two tries.
Despite leading Mount Albert Grammar School for most of the game St. Bede's was piped 26-21 in their second outing. They would rally from behind to beat New Plymouth BHS in the crossover. Despite being outscored four tries to three, a last-minute try and sideline conversion from Jake Keenan earned the Canterbury champions a 21-20 win. Liam Blyde was outstanding for New Plymouth scoring a hat-trick.
Jona Nareki scored a hat-trick for Feilding in their first game, but it would be two thrilling tries from captain Vilimoni Koroi against Sacred Heart College in the crossover that propelled Feilding into the quarter finals, despite being hammered by Hastings BHS.
The Hawke's Bay Champions were impressive scoring 15 tries in three games. NZ Schools Number 8 scored Marino Mikaele-Tuu scored two tries against Feilding and another double against St. Pats Town in the crossover, cancelling out the two tries scored by Siosaia Paese in a tight tussle.
Mount Albert Grammar School, Hamilton BHS and Rotorua BHS were perhaps the most impressive sides on day one.
MAGS scored 15 tries, Hamilton 16 and Rotorua 12. Defending champions Rotorua were sometime directionless in their first game against Westlake, but showed moments of quality to overcome a determined Kelston and had too much ammunition for Gisborne. Hayze Perham dazzled in the latter game scoring two tries.
Hamilton only conceded one try in pool play and outscored Silverstream five tries to three in an entertaining crossover clash. Josef Meek, Samuel Toa, Sevu Reece and Rameka Poihipi stood out for the Waikato champions.
Canterbury runners up Christchurch Boys' High School had a good day. They upset St. Pats Silverstream 28-19 in pool play and then foiled fellow Press Cup side Nelson College in the crossover. Jesse Huston, Judah Gawith and Josh McKay blossomed for the black and blues who scored 15 tries.
Open Boys' Pool Play
Match 40. New Plymouth 24 - 7 Opotiki
Match 39. St Patrick's Silverstream 19 - 28 Christchurch
Match 38. Hamilton 38 - 0 Nelson
Match 37. Mount Albert 26 - 21 St Bede's
Match 36. St Patrick's Town 7 - 17 Sacred Heart
Match 35. Rotorua 29 - 14 Kelston
Match 34. Gisborne 7 - 10 Whangarei
Match 33. Feilding 0 - 36 Hastings
Match 24. New Plymouth 33 - 0 Palmerston North
Match 23. St Patrick's Silverstream 27 - 0 Wanganui
Match 22. Hamilton 27 - 5 Tauranga
Match 21. Mount Albert 43 - 0 Alfriston
Match 20. St Patrick's Town 14 - 5 St Paul's
Match 19. Rotorua 21 - 0 Westlake
Match 18. Gisborne 26 - 7 Waihi
Match 17. Feilding 42 - 5 St Peter's
Match 8. Opotiki 24 - 7 Palmerston North
Match 7. Christchurch 29 - 0 Wanganui
Match 6. Nelson 21 - 12 Tauranga
Match 5. St Bede's 45 - 0 Alfriston
Match 4. Sacred Heart 29 - 0 St Paul's
Match 3. Kelston 19 - 14 Westlake
Match 2. Whangarei 19 - 5 Waihi
Match 1. Hastings 38 - 5 St Peter's
Rotorua BHS 22 - 7 Gisborne BHS
Christchurch BHS 27 - 12 Nelson College
Hamilton BHS 31 - 17 St Patrick's College, Silverstream
Whangarei BHS 0 - 29 Kelston BHS
Sacred Heart College 24 - 35 Feilding HS
New Plymouth BHS 20 - 21 St Bede's College
Mt Albert GS 26 - 5 Opotiki College
Hastings BHS 17 - 14 St Patrick's Town
Cup Quarter Finals
Rotorua BHS v Christchurch BHS
Hamilton BHS v Kelston BHS
Feilding HS v St. Bede's College
Mount Albert GS v Hastings BHS
National First XV Top four finalists Hamilton GHS and Southland GHS appear to be a class above the rest of the field. Hamilton scored 20 unanswered tries and Southland only conceded one while crossing for 19. Tenika Willison was particularly dynamic for Hamilton and Alena Salli and Kendall Buckingham were a hive of activity for Southland.
Te Puke have made the quarter finals for the first time while Motueka stunned Wellington Champions St. Mary's College to earn a place in the last eight. Two dramatic tries by Risaleaana Pouri-Lane, including a 75-meter intercept proved telling.
The girls quarter finals kick-off at 10am.
Pool Play Results
Match 48. Mt Albert 36 - 15 St Hilda's
Match 47. Te Puke 29 - 12 Kaipara
Match 46. New Plymouth 14 - 21 Tauranga
Match 45. Southland 37 - 0 Cambridge
Match 44. Otahuhu 25 - 0 Long Bay
Match 43. Hamilton 32 - 0 Christchurch
Match 42. Motueka 22 - 7 Bay of Islands
Match 41. Feilding 26 - 7 St Mary's
Match 32. Kaipara 17 - 19 Mount Albert
Match 31. Te Puke 38 - 7 St Hilda's
Match 30. Cambridge 20 - 7 New Plymouth
Match 29. Southland 30 - 5 Tauranga
Match 28. Christchurch 24 - 19 Otahuhu
Match 27. Hamilton 30 - 0 Long Bay
Match 26. St Mary's 5 - 19 Motueka
Match 25. Feilding 26 - 12 Bay of Islands
Match 16. Kaipara 33 - 14 St Hilda's
Match 15. Te Puke 29 - 0 Mount Albert
Match 14. Cambridge 10 - 12 Tauranga
Match 13. Southland 32 - 0 New Plymouth
Match 12. Christchurch 36 - 7 Long Bay
Match 11. Hamilton 44 - 0 Otahuhu
Match 10. St Mary's 26 - 0 Bay of Islands
Match 9. Feilding 28 - 7 Motueka
Cup Quarter Finals
Hamilton GHS v Motueka High School
Te Puke High School v Tauranga GC
Feilding High School v Christchurch GHS
Southland GHS v Mount Albert GS
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