Friday, 13 May 2011

Close, But ...

Thanks to Steve Simpson for the following report on the 1st XV game with PNBHS.

On Wednesday 11 May the FDMC 1st XV played Palmerston North Boys’ High School at home. The College team began well playing in to the breeze, with the forwards working hard to gain good field position. Unfortunately two errors in the opposition 22 led to two breakaway tries down the left wing, both converted. FDMC again gained some good field position through the intelligent kicking of first five Daniel Crowley and good use of the blindside by half back Ryan Bishop. This time the pressure was turned in to points with two successful penalties just before half time, to Caleb Ritai.
Half time score:  6 – 14.

The second half started badly for the College side, with a well worked try off a scrum by Palmerston, cutting through the midfield. This was again converted taken the score out to: 6 – 21. Another penalty from Ritai narrowed the gap. Then with five minutes to go the College forwards gained some momentum and Blake Barrett finished off to score a well deserved try, converted from out wide by Ritai. FDMC finished strongly, but PNBHS held them out to win 16 – 21.

The whole forward pack worked hard all game, with the loose forward trio of Jade Fleming, Liam Doherty and Blake Barrett outstanding. Lock Scott Barrett continues to impress with his all round game. In the backs captain Teihorangi Walden was immense in defence, Daniel Crowley controlled play intelligently and Nick Arnold on the right wing worked hard on both attack and defence. 

Next college fixture: St Bernard’s (Away)  Wednesday 25 May

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