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MAC plays to their potential

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 08 Aug, 2019 | By Sports Reporter sports@thewanakasun.co.nz

The Mt Aspiring College first XV now sit top of the middle four bracket in the Otago Premier Schools Rugby competition following a significant 41-19 win against Waitaki Boys' High School in Wanaka on Saturday August 3.

With six tries to Waitaki's two, MAC earned a bonus point, putting them ahead of Dunstan High School who had a close 19-17 win against Otago Boys' Seconds in Dunedin yesterday. Assistant Principal Hamish Crosbie noted that it is the first time MAC have beaten an all-boys school first XV side and the team should be particularly proud of their efforts.

Coach Craig Read commented, “The coaches knew the boys had a great performance in them, it just hadn't come out yet. Today I think it did. Everyone played to their potential and gave it their all and it was reflected in the score line.”

Read said that communication had been a major work-on for the team this season and was a key factor in getting tries over the line against Waitaki.

“It's not necessarily about the guy at the end who's scoring it, it's about the way we got there, the linking and the off loads, a full team effort.”

MAC made an encouraging start to the game, scoring a try just one minute in from the first whistle. Waitaki took another 15 minutes to even the score line at seven points all. A second try to MAC went unconverted, putting MAC back in the lead by five points but a quick response from the visiting side, and a converted try put Waitaki ahead on 14-12 for a short time. A third try to MAC gave them a half time lead of 19 points to 14.

A try to MAC's Fergus Read at the start of the second half gave the Wanaka side a little more breathing room and three more penalty points stretched the gap a little further. Tries to Marcus Hetherington and Ryan Schmack helped seal the deal before a late try to Waitaki in the final minutes.

MAC will now need to beat Otago Boys' High Seconds in Dunedin next weekend to secure their place in the finals.

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