Wellington College V St Patrick’s Silverstream – Exchange
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Photos Courtesy of Photo Wellington
Wellington College haven’t won the Trevor Rigby Cup for nearly a decade, but if their start to 2021 is anything to go by they are serious contenders. After a 10-0 win over St Pats Town, St Patrick’s College Silverstream were on the end of a 7-0 loss in Wednesday’s traditional fixture.
Silverstream, runners up in 2020, are a Division II side this year. They held their own for 20 minutes but quick goals to Oscar Crowe and Zander Edwards made it 2-0 midway through the first-half.
Wellington didn’t add to their tally, but were peppering the target and in the second spell things opened up. Hitoshi Craigie struck in the 52nd minute before Jack Julian made it 4-0 in the 75th minute. Julian is a champion runner in the summer. Zander Edwards heaped more misery upon Silverstream with ten minutes to spare before Cooper Duggan, promoted up front, last year, iced the emphatic display with two goals.
Photos from the football can be found on Wareham Sports Media Facebook page.
In rugby, Wellington College earned an epic 31-27 win over St Patrick’s College, Silverstream in the 90th annual Ken Gray Memorial Trophy match.
It’s the first time since 2016 Wellington have won the game, and the first time on their home soil since 2009. In 2018 they lost by a record margin of 0-46.
With seven minutes left Wellington enjoyed a slender 24-21 lead when a kicking duel transpired.
Wellington first-five Stanley Solomon intercepted the ball on the full (after falling over) and decided to set sail from his own 22. He breezed past grasping defenders and scorched beyond halfway, and towards the southern try line. At the Silverstream 22 there was a sudden dummy to fool another tackler before the accelerator was hit again and a headline written.
The conversion by fullback Jacob Waikari-Jones completed a run of 21 unanswered points for the hosts after Silverstream had led 22-10 at halftime.
Wellington wing Josh Williams was the first to dot down when a fumble by Silverstream on their own 22 was pounced upon by blindside Munro Short who released the burly sprinter.
Silverstream soon gained the upper hand with second-five Emmanuel Solomona and No.8 Toby Crosby especially damaging.
Crosby twisted over from close range to level the scores and then smashed through at halfway, employing subtly near the 22 to set up lively wing Callum Wanden.
The terrace crowd would be silenced again by Crosby when he strode clear following an offload among traffic by fullback Kobe Joe-Vulu at halfway and good linking by Keanu Kotuhi.
What changed in the second-half?
Wellington tackled with greater intensity and started to unsettle Silverstream at the breakdown whose attack subsequently became stilted, though Crosby was held up twice at 22-21.
Silverstream only carried six reserves while the Wellington subs added energy, especially Caleb Stanley.
Solomon threatened the line more often and holes were becoming frequent. Waikari-Jones nailed a 40-meter penalty to make it 22-13 before hooker Michael Jacobs caused a roar from the terraces with a try that started from a movement heading towards the driveway and rapidly swung back via Solomon and second-five Tofuka Paongo to the other side.
Another Waikari-Jones penalty reduced the deficit to one before a second midfield opportunity from 40-meters was taken to make it 24-22.
The Solomon try didn’t signal the end of the drama. Silverstream bravely railed and scored out wide to close it to 31-27. That was after some defiant Solomon stops!
Silverstream stays on top of the Premiership with a bonus point, but could be passed by Scots College on Saturday.
Highlights from the game can be found on the Club Rugby Facebook page.
Silverstream took the spoils in the basketball with a tight 83-77 win.
Tied 18-18 an the end of the first quarter Silverstream pulled away in the second quarter to be up 41-32 at the half.
Wellington pulled back in the second half and even took the lead with a few minutes to go. But in the end Silverstream’s depth proved to be too much, they finished strong to win the game by 6 points and retain the Reuben Pivac Cup.
Carter Berg-Mclean was dominant for Stream, scoring 34 points including 9 of their last 13 to pull away and secure the win.