To win a house sport of their second-to-last carrying of the colors would imply every part to them.
That’s motivation aplenty for a minimum of seven Gisborne Boys’ Excessive Faculty first 15 rugby gamers who’re set to tackle four-time defending Tremendous 8 champions Hamilton Boys’ Excessive on Rectory floor No.1 at 12.30pm tomorrow.
Hamilton beat Gisborne 80-5 at Hamilton BHS on September 5 final 12 months, their greatest win towards GBHS at any venue. Their 103-5 win at second-15 degree in 2020 was likewise a file, as was first five-eighth-cum-fullback Payton Spencer’s 48 factors in that fixture.
Mighty tighthead prop Sione Mafileo was Gisborne Boys’ Excessive Faculty’s MVP (most respected participant) and sole try-scorer on that powerful day; centre Freedom Lemaua lower the road for the seconds.
Uetaha Wanoa, who performed at blindside flanker within the second-15 fixture final 12 months, was their MVP then and has been bracketed with Puna Hihi at centre.
Wanoa — like lock Matiu Anderson and first 15 captain and scrum anchor Nathaniel Hauiti — could return in 2022, however this would be the final hurrah at house for vice-captain and lock Max Briant, No.8 Nik Patumaka, hooker Matariki Kaa, hooker Reweti Ropiha, lock-cum-blindside flanker Tyla Keelan-Phillips, tighthead prop Hayze Nepia, halfback Kyran Russell, proper wing Siope Fakahokotau and second-five Josh Whyte.
Hauiti has remained optimistic throughout the course of a attempting 12 months: Gisborne Boys’ Excessive Faculty’s foray to Auckland final weekend noticed St Peter’s first 15 beat GBHS 56-0 at The Cage, St Peter’s seconds prevail 55-0 and their u15s out-muscle Gisborne 52-0.
St Peter’s u14s gained 30-20, having led 15-5 on the break. Proper wing Jayden Tihore-Edwards (two), hooker Oakley Brown-Terekia and No.8 Logan Bruce had been the Gisborne try-scorers.
Not one of the Gisborne groups kicked a objective however it’s unlikely that the distinction between them will probably be goal-kicking.
The Hamilton groups are very bodily, as they’ve proven of their run-in to Sport 6. They beat New Plymouth 36-29, Palmerston North 36-3, Rotorua 21-19 and Napier 32-7 earlier than Tauranga Boys’ Faculty beat them 13-12 at Nicholson Discipline. That defeat three weeks in the past could have irritated Hamilton, as a result of TBC misplaced to Rotorua and New Plymouth earlier than drawing 13-13 with Napier at house.
However that is small stuff to Hamilton beneath former New Zealand secondary faculties’ head coach Nigel Hotham. He has a excessive regard for GBHS, remembering (as they do within the Waikato), Gisborne’s 12-5 win towards HBHS within the 2007 High 4.
“Our clashes with Gisborne are legendary,” stated Hotham, whose facet had solely 4 gamers return this season.
“There have been many shut encounters, within the High 4 and the Tremendous 8.
“We’ve nice respect for GBHS as a faculty and a workforce, and for his or her coaches for all that they’ve achieved, and the delight they’ve in representing the realm.”
Hamilton’s returning gamers are twins Sean (captain, hooker) and Dean (halfback) Ralph, first-five Taha Kemara — who within the twelfth minute of the 2020 sport scored the primary of his workforce’s 14 tries — and loosehead prop Moses McGoon.
It’s been a decade since Hamilton final misplaced in Gisborne, 32-6 in Gisborne’s Tremendous 8 championship-winning 12 months of 2011. That was the final time Gisborne Boys’ Excessive beat Hamilton, or held the Vesty Thomas Cup, as they misplaced it when Hamilton beat them 30-13 at Hamilton BHS in 2012.
Tomorrow Gisborne will probably be with out star fullback King Maxwell as a consequence of damage; Carlos Hihi is to take his place.
GBHS head coach Ryan Tapsell’s fingers-crossed hope that No.8 Patumaka will play would appear at this stage like a prayer that has been answered. Gisborne are nonetheless in search of their first win.
Hauiti, as was the case with former skipper and openside flanker Amos Roddick final 12 months earlier than the 2020 facet’s final house sport (a come-from-behind, 18-17 win towards New Plymouth), is as decided as a first-15 captain could be.
Hauiti stated that Briant gained 4 St Peter’s line-outs towards the throw on the weekend, and that that will be Gisborne’s focus.
“We should a minimum of win our personal ball at set-piece and persist with our game-pattern.”
The Poverty Bay match officers for tomorrow’s fixtures are (1st 15, Rectory floor No.1, 12.30pm) referee Mark Inexperienced, with Royce Maynard as assistant referee No.1 and Isaac Hughes as AR2. Aaron Brown will blow the whistle on R1 at 11am.
GBHS first 15: Zeke Collier, Matariki Kaa, Nathaniel Hauiti, Matiu Anderson, Max Briant (vice-captain), Tyla Keelan-Phillips, Dylan Bronlund, Nik Patumaka, Kyran Russell, Israel Fox, Izaiah Fox, Josh Whyte, Puna Hihi/Uetaha Wanoa, Siope Fakahokotau, Carlos Hihi. Reserves: Reweti Ropiha, Braith Ingram, Charlie Mathias, Uetaha Wanoa/Puna Hihi, Karlos Howe, Paul Tovio, Paraina Davies, Hayze Nepia.
HBHS first 15: Moses McGoon, Sean Ralph (c), Gabe Robinson, Cole McClure, Tai Cribb, Taylor Wright, Oli Mathis, George Reeves, Dean Ralph, Taha Kemara, Brodie Robinson, Austin Anderson, Aki Tuivailala, Henry Palmer, Payton Spencer. R: William Martin, Keran Van Staden, Kieran Draper, Liam Sturm, Marley Murphy, Beau Peart, Caelys Putoko.
GBHS second 15: Lathaniel Niwa-Karakia, Paul Tovio, Tupuhi Gardner, Joe Kemp, Latrell Walker, Kerry Hohepa, Braith Ingram, Reuben Whaitiri, Kauri Christie, Te-Reimana Grey, Kaia Gate, Xavier Henare-Brown (c), Xavier Tuapawa, Dante Kirkpatrick, Silas Brown. R: Jimmy Moore, Nathaniel Niwa-Karakia, Ratu Nairoiroi, Kaiao Tangira, Jayerion Te Ahu.
HBHS second 15: Sunia Fukofuka, Inga Kokohu, Hoani Ham, Tama Hodgson, Josh Syme, Ben Russell, Liam Sturm, Liam Anderson (cc), Mac Russ (cc), Rangiwai Lunjevich, CJ Kaua, Renata Palmer, Zac Coffey, Kyan Trebes, Leo Scott. R: Iotia Teokotai, Manaia Williams, Tom McCarthy, Pouvalu Tupou, Christian MacEwan, Caylus Brighouse.
ALL-OUT EFFORT: Gisborne Boys’ Excessive Faculty vice-captain and lock Max Briant tries to bust by means of the Rotorua Boys’ Excessive Faculty defence. Briant will probably be to the forefront of Gisborne Boys’ Excessive efforts towards Hamilton BHS tomorrow. Image by Paul Rickard