Collegiate vs WHS 1st XV game

By Jared Smith

Whanganui Collegiate 1st XV continues to have clear supremacy in the local traditional fixture with Whanganui High School, after a 89-0 hammering at the WHS grounds on Wednesday.

The headline 1st XV match was part of the annual sports exchange, with Collegiate winning the rugby, hockey and junior netball fixtures, while WHS claimed the football and senior netball games.

Dominating the set piece, Collegiate were able to secure multiple attacking scrums in front of the WHS posts and put the ball through the hands to score.

Fullback Luke Myers would score three of Collegiate’s first four tries, completing his personal quartet in the second half, while impactful No 8 Josefa Namosimalua backed up superbly to also get four tries – the last two coming off brilliant offloads in the tackle which he collected basketball-style.

Outgunned, WHS at least played the full 70 minutes this year and avoided the 2019 scoreline of 96-0, with flanker Andre Awatea and reserve Tawana McGrath producing a couple of try-saving tackles.

In the Under 15 game, Collegiate just got home 22-20, with second-five Monty Sherriff scoring all four tries and adding one conversion.

Collegiate 89 (Luke Myers 4, Josefa Namosimalua 4, Koby Lee 2, Waqa Waqaicece, Adam Lennox, Adam Beard, Thomas Pease, Logan Blackburn tries; Harry Godfrey 7 con) bt Whanganui High 0. HT: 49-0.

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