Stream Storm to Premier Rugby Title
Story courtesy of College Sport Media
St Patrick’s College, Silverstream overpowered St Pat’s Town 28-14 to win their seventh Premiership title at Jerry Collins Stadium on Saturday.
Despite losing seven previous finals in Porirua, Silverstream have beaten Town in all three finals the schools’ have contested at Jerry Collins, Silverstream also bettered Town in 2010 (21-13) and 2018 (29-22).
Silverstream’s forwards were imperious throughout, dictating possession and territory and suffocating Town into submission in the sloshy conditions.
Ironically St Pat’s Town scored the first try when second five Emmanuel Solomona boldly ran from his own in-goal area and was tackled by Italian flanker Luca Bellucci, who stole possession and scored to give Town a 7-0 lead. A classic Italian job.
Silverstream regained their composure, halfback Ollie Cuff kicking a penalty to make it 7-3.
Cuff was instrumental in Silverstream’s success, missing just one shot at goal, kicking well in general play and his all-round leadership outstanding, as Silverstream shot to 20-7 lead by halftime.
The first Silverstream try was scored by tighthead prop-turned blindside flanker Patrick Solomona, muscling over after relentless phase play. The move by Solomona to the side of the scrum was an inspired tactical decision as tighthead Ben Kershaw also played a blinder.
Cuff added the conversion, then kicked a 35-metre penalty to see his side go up 13-7.
Silverstream fullback Jacob Denyer scored next when the ball was shown air and second five Solomona and first five Winitana-Patelesio released him to score. This was converted from the sideline.
Cuff opened the second half scoring with a penalty to make it 23-7, ahead of the match-winning moment with Solomona crashing through the defence and unleashing a skip pass for head boy Seejay Harawira to score in the corner.
Harawira was absolutely thrilled with his try – a 30-metre dash.
“It wasn’t really a day for the wingers except for chasing and catching kicks. Full credit to our forwards. They played the conditions and made the school really proud,” Harawira said.
“I just got the ball and could see no one ahead. I pinned the ears back and luckily had the pace to make it.”
Town No.8 Jeremiah Collins, cousin of Jerry, scored a try for St Pat’s Town, converted by first five Kayden Bond. It was a proud moment on the field of the former St Pats Town All Black.
However, Town was never going to overhaul the deficit despite the benefit of the breeze. Silverstream kept the ball tight, controlling territory and the forwards dominating and deserving their victory at the end of 70 minutes.
Silverstream loosehead Senio Saleale has enjoyed three years in the First XV maturing into a formidable figure, No.8 Braydon Soi was explosive and locks Connor Vlas and Tavis Polglase stepped up in the absence of regular Lennox Easthope.
Town blindside and captain Jordon Chapman is a real bruiser of a defender and all heart.
Cuff scored 13 points in the Premiership final. It’s the most points since Josh Robertson-Weepu kicked five penalties and a conversion against Wellington College in 2013. Josh played for North Otago last night in their 35-5 win against Wairarapa Bush in Palmerston North.
Silverstream enjoyed triple success on Saturday with the 2nd XV winning the Murray Jensen Cup Premier 2 final 25-9 against the Wellington College 2nd XV. The Silverstream Under 15’s won the Father Guss Hill Cup 27-17 against Wellington College.
“It’s been a special year for rugby at the college. I’d like to thank all the coaches and players who’ve worked so hard to achieve this success,” Harawira said.
The First XV season is far from over for Silverstream. This Saturday they will play Feilding High School at midday in Silverstream for a place in the Hurricanes Regional final against ethier Napier or Hastings Boys’ High School.