Mixed fortunes for Town first XV
IT HAS been a good news, bad news month for the St Pat’s Town first XV.
The good news has been pre-season wins against St Bede’s and Lindisfarne but less welcome was the broken leg suffered by experienced first choice halfback Zac Donaldson.
Donaldson was injured late in the game against St Bede’s. His leg will be in a cast for six to eight weeks and he could be out for the season.
Donaldson, whose father, Glenn, coaches the first XV, would have had a key role with the team and was also the goal kicker.
“It is a bit of a setback but we do have some cover,” Glenn Donaldson said.
Willie Sauea, who made the Hurricanes under-16 tournament team last year, will play at halfback in the opening round of the First XV festival, this weekend, and Thomas Noble-Campbell filled the role against Lindisfarne.
Town are also likely to be without second five-eighth Korvarn Togiatama for the season, with a shoulder injury, and flanker Jack Nelson-Murray and centre Billy Proctor will be late starters due to injury.
Nelson-Murray will make a cameo appearance this weekend but Proctor is not expected to be fully fit till mid-June.
However, Town have plenty of experience on call and have retained 18 – 10 forwards and eight backs – from the squad that lost to national champions Scots College in the Wellington premier one semifinals last year.
Town had an early pre-season win over Rathkeale, before beating St Bede’s 29-22 and recording a convincing 20-12 over Lindisfarne last weekend. Town were up 20-0 before Lindisfarne scored two tries in the final quarter.