Scots defend U15 sevens title
Scots College have successfully defended the College Sport Wellington Under-15 sevens title, defeating St Pat’s Town 28-17 in the final at Naenae College this afternoon.
Scots joined their senior team as local champions and dedicated their triumph to Year 9 student Joenah Iona who is presently fighting cancer.
In rapidly deteriorating conditions, Scots essentially settled the contest by halftime scoring three quick tries to lead 19-0 at the turn. To their credit Town fought gamely until full-time and scored the last try with six players following a red card after a brief fight.
In the first minute Scots converted a try before Cody Lokotui doubled the advantage by slipping his marker and dashing 60-meters.
Kueva Samoa was a standout for Scots scoring three tries in the semi-final against St Pat’s Silverstream and twice in the last pool game. When Samoa finished a long range breakout involving multiple handlers, halftime couldn’t come soon enough for the Catholics.
Dominic Leota Johnson revived hopes of a Town resurgence by crossing first in the second spell, but when Muri Stewart outpaced several chasers, Scots were in a comfortable position. For Town, Christian Stenhouse and James Tuck scored the last two tries of proceedings.
Scots breezed through pool play amassing over 100 points in three games. Jonty Bird ( brother of Wellington Lion Alex Fidow) and Ietitaia Campbell (Wellington U13 second-five) were among the standouts with the later celebrating two doubles.
With only seven teams in the tourney every school qualified automatically for the quarter finals – Scots advancing directly to the semi-finals by virtue of topping Pool A which featured four teams.
Bailee Laurenson-Tupai (Wellington College) scored the first two tries of the day. Later Wellington College would beat Taita College 24-19 in the Plate Final with Joshua Williams breaking a stalemate on the buzzer.
Coby Wood (Wainuiomata High School) showed his soccer skills by finishing a dribbling movement against Rongotai College. Wood scored later in the same match, but Wainuiomata would finish without any wins, unless the two former pupils on the Scots team count.
Rongotai was involved in the most exciting encounter of the day pipping Taita College 24-19 in extra time in the quarter-final. Taita led 19-5, but three tries by John Samuelu helped close the gap to 19-17 on full-time. Against the breeze Enesi Tailaepa converted brilliantly from the touch and then scored the winner in the additional period.
Xavier Print (Rongotai College), Daniel Tafili (St Pat’s Wellington), Junior Misa (Taita College) and Peter Lakai (St Pat’s Silverstream) were just some of the other eye-catching talents on display in the last College Sport Wellington rugby event of 2018.
Silverstream: 24 v Wellington College: 10
St Pat’s Town: 38 v Wainuiomata High School: 7
Rongotai College: 24 v Taita College: 19
Scots College: 29 v Silverstream: 12
St Pat’s Town: 33 v Rongotai College: 7
Plate: Wellington College: 24 v Taita College: 19
Bowl: Silverstream: 26 v Rongotai College: 21
Cup: Scots College: 28 v St Pat’s Town: 17
Article courtesy of College Sport Media