Feilding High School: 25 (Josiah Maraku try; Vilimoni Koroi 1dg, Kody Edwards 5 pen 1 con) Aorere College: 5 (Penisoni Fineanganofo try).
Feilding High School have won the National co-education championship for a third time defeating Aorere College 25-5 in a messy decider in Palmerston North.
Played on a greasy surface in misty drizzle, Feilding adapted to the conditions better by kicking deep into the Aorere half and daring the South Auckland side to run it back. Aorere took the bait and were hassled into repeat mistakes.
Feilding built a 19-0 lead on the back of Kody Edwards accurate boot and an eighth minute try to centre Josiah Maraku. Aorere lost hooker Feterika Tanuvasa to the sin bin for high tackle in the 53rd minute, but threatened an unlikely comeback in the 62nd minute when industrious blindside Penisoni Fineanganofo barged over.
However another Edwards penalty and a drop goal by fullback Vilimoni Koroi sealed a comfortable win. Fineanganofo, Albert Ngata (7), Mose Senio (11) and Mosese Pepa (15) all played with heart and flair for Aorere. Edwards controlled things nicely for Feilding. Openside and captain Jack Kinder was a workhorse and Koroi with his defensive kicking and illusive running showed why he will push hard for a New Zealand Schools' place.
St. Peter's Cambridge: 37 (Kaea Hongara, Jacob Norris, Oliver Norris tries; Rewita Biddle 6 pen, 2 con) Burnside High School: 10 (Emerson McKee try; Riain Harris-Lynch 1 pen, Zion Wilson 1 con) St. Peter's Cambridge have finished third at the National co-education tourney overwhelming Burnside High School 37-10 in the consolation playoff.
St. Peter's aggressive and diligent forwards paved the way for a comfortable victory. Burnside was hassled into penalties and handling errors as they struggled to exit their own territory. St. Peter's led 15-3 at halftime with fullback Rewita Biddle kicking faultlessly from the tee.
St. Peter's scored the first try shortly after halftime when a quick tap caught Burnside napping and second-five Kaea Hongara barged over. Burnside responded when busy centre Mikaele Ravalawa breached the St. Peter's defense and fullback Emerson McKee finished a long and rare passage inside the opposing 22.
St. Peter's lock and Chiefs U18 rep Laghlan McWhannell was outstanding. His command of the lineouts was an essential part of St. Peter's win and a soaring catch and dispatch to openside Jacob Norris resulted in a second try.
No.8 Oliver Norris capped a fine afternoon when he muscled over on fulltime. Hongara and first-five Jacob Smyth played with intelligence for St. Peter's. For Burnside openside Cam Russell and lock Jason Embling battled with heart.
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