CSW Round up – Wellington College/ St Pat’s Town exchange, Beard Trophy & More

Wellington College completed a clean sweep of victories in their annual exchange with St Pat’s Town on Wednesday, with a 4-3 win in the football, a 29-21 win in the rugby and a 101-64 victory in the basketball.

Wellington College won the George Adams Trophy for winning the football, while bagging the Taufale Trophy for the basketball and the Centennial Shield for the rugby.

The exchange opened in bright sunshine with the First XI football clash on the artificial field at Wellington College where visitors St Pat’s Town opened the scoring with a goal to Jacob Fouhy.

Wellington College hit back with two consecutive goals to Henry Nischalke to go into halftime leading 2-1.

Wellington College went up 3-1 early in the second half when Sean Witapene found the back of the net.

Jacob Fouhy brought one back for Town, but Wellington College ahead through Nischalke who completed his hat-trick for the match. Of note, Fouhy started in place of regular starter Karlo Anderson who was playing in the basketball team up in the Sports Centre.

Town captain and defender Ben Baker scored to make it 4-3. Town then had a late chance to draw level at the end, but Kashyapa but his header glanced wide.

Max Juran was the Player of the Match for Wellington College, the captain leading from the front, while Eamonn McCarron was a standout in goal despite conceding four.

In the rugby, visitors St Pat’s Town started strong and went up 7-0 with the game’s first try from a lineout drive.

Both tries scored two more converted tries before halftime and Town went to the turnaround leading 14-7.

Town loosehead prop Sulesa Seumanufagai ran 40 metres up the middle of the field for Town’s second, while Wellington College No. 8 Jack Riley scored the first of his two tries for the match for Wellington College.

There were also two yellow cards in the first half (one for each team), while Wellington College finished the first spell hot on attack but unable to score again, which could have proved costly.

The run of play would remain tight throughout the second half, the lead changing twice, before Wellington College won the game in the last 10 minutes, scoring twice.

Trailing 21-17 after just conceding a try to St Pat’s Town, Wellington College took the lead with a try in the driveway corner, to openside flanker Angus Miller.

The decisive winning try came a few minutes from fulltime fittingly involved two of Wellington College’s best two players of the day first five Stanley Solomon and No. 8 Riley. Following a turnover in midfield, Solomon produced a raking kick into the terraces corner that set Town back on their heels. They subsequently launched an attack off a scrum and No. 8 Riley went over for his second try in front of his cheering schoolmates on the terraces.

This game was the 137th rugby meeting between Wellington College and St Pat’s Town.  Wellington College now enjoys an 82-47 winning advantage in this rugby game which stretches back to 1885.

Scots College also had a sports exchange today, against Napier Boys’ High School. Scots won the football 2-1 and Napier won the rugby 33-17.

There are another three matches to start the first round of the rugby Premier 1 competition to be played on Saturday with St Pat’s Silverstream heading over the hill to play Wairarapa College, St Bernard’s College and Hutt International Boys’ School meeting in the Hutt and Mana College hosting Scots College.

Mana College were in action on Wednesday night at Porirua Park, overcoming an undersized but gallant Tawa College 43-10 in their first Beard Trophy defence of the year.

Things were ominous when Mana scored with just 90 seconds, but it was a competitive half with the holders up 22-10 at the break and Tawa well-deserving of their two tries.

However, the challengers lost a man to the bin soon after the restart and Mana took advantage running in two tries with the man advantage and added two more to close the game out. Centre Hunter Sao scored a hattrick and powerful No.8 Javarn Waters the source of much of their go-forward ball.