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Wai College claim prized scalp


Wairarapa College held on in a thrilling finish to score a rare victory over St Patrick’s Town in a Wellington First XV match in Masterton on Saturday.

St Pat’s led 19-15 late into the match, but a try in the corner to substitute back Cory Bracewell sealed the hard-fought 20-19 victory. Hooker Conley Alexander and centre John Paulo also scored tries. Le’Sharn Paku kicked a penalty and Cohen Scott slotted a conversion.

Waicol are away on Saturday at the struggling Mana College, a team they beat 45-5 in the qualifying series last month.

Rathkeale are still searching for their first win of the Central North Island Fist XV competition after being well beaten 14-64 by Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth. Rathkeale’s next fixtures are tough
home games against Feilding High School today and Whanganui Collegiate on Tuesday.


Waicol and Rathkeale continued their strong starts to the Intercity premier championship with big second round wins last week.

Waicol thumped Feilding High School 8-0 and Rathkeale beat Levin Combined 3-0. Waicol face their toughest
test of the season tonight against the strong Palmerston North Boys High School. Rathkeale are also at home against Feilding High School.

Defending girls champions St Matthew’s continued their unbeaten run with a 5-0 win over Feilding High School
and should extend that when they play Whanganui Collegiate in Palmerston North tonight. Waicol will be looking to rebound after going down 3-0 to Palmerston North Girls High School First XI
last week when they play Feilding away.


Rathkeale remain on course to play in the Wellington premier division with a tough 2-1 win over Hutt Valley High School in the fourth round of qualifying. A win over Tawa College tomorrow would seal their place in the top division.

Waicol thumped Paraparaumu College [2] 8-3 and look assured of their place in the premier reserve division, with Scots College 2nd XI left to play in their final grading game on Saturday.
– Compiled by Chris Cogdale

Chris Cogdale
Chris Cogdale
Chris “Coggie” Cogdale has extensive knowledge of sport in Wairarapa having covered it for more than 30 years, including radio for 28 years. He has been the sports guru at the Wairarapa Times-Age since 2019.

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