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Westlake Boys 1st XV vs Rangitoto College
The first game in the second round of the 1st XV Harbour Competition proved to be similar to the first round result. Westlake showed dominance from the start and despite creating space on the outside, points were difficult to come by. The finishing touches were lacking with last passes not given or not clean enough to keep the momentum going forward. Eventually Baylee Katipa latched onto the ball in space and made his way over. Spencer McDowall scored a try and Cooper Green kicked both conversions and a penalty for a half time lead of 17-0. Rangitoto were keen and aggressive on defence and also had their chances to score but resolute defence kept them out.
Westlake dominated the second half with six tries despite squandering a number of chances. Rangitoto managed to capitalise on a Westlake error leading to a late try in the game. Blake Houghton affected a number of steals in the lineout and also made some telling runs. Jack Heighton always looked dangerous at first–five and ran to the line with confidence creating momentum going forward and space for his outside backs.
Scoreboard: Westlake 49 vs Rangitoto 7 (half time score 17-0)
Tries: Baylee Katipa; Spencer McDowall; Cameron Hey; Jacob Katipa (2); Leon Thambiran; Casey Smith; Jack Fuller
Conversions: Cooper Green (2); Jack Heighton (1)
Penalties: Cooper Green (1)
Westlake Boys 4th XV vs Northcote College
For the second week running, the 4th XV kept their opposition scoreless thanks to the usual grit on the goal line repelling some forceful Northcote drive and scrambling work in the mid field. The latter was very significant as the Westlake midfield was considerably smaller than their opposition. The game was pleasing as the fourths were more consistent in application. Therefore the three tries in each half were a true a reflection of their uniformity showing some stellar performances but none as excellent as the tactical kicking decisions in the first half.
Sam Cato had a great day all round. Strong on attack as well as defence where his two punishing tackles stopped the thrust of the opposition. Josh Marshall ran with great power and push and ended with a hat trick of tries despite the two dropped catches in defence. Oliver Warring showed great drive on his wing with three scything runs which deserved at least one try. The undoubted highlight of the game was the try scored by Matthew Budd. Gathering the ball from his own 22 metre he bulldozed and blazed his way along the tough line to score in the corner. There were at least two occasions when he looked to be held in the tackle but he refused to be held and then outstripped the opposition from their 22 to the goal line. The final score of 30 to 0 could have even been better if our goal kickers had a better day in the office.
All Rugby Results
|Westlake Boys||1st XV||Rangitoto College||W||49-7|
|Westlake Boys||2nd XV||Won by Default||W|
|Westlake Boys||3rd XV||Takapuna Grammar School 2nd XV||W||20-7|
|Westlake Boys||4th XV||Northcote College||W||30-0|
|Westlake Boys||4A||Rosehill College||W||27-7|
|Westlake Boys||5A||Massey High School A||W||30-12|
|Westlake Boys||5B||Kaipara College||W||19-10|
|Westlake Boys||6A||Mahurangi College A||W||43-15|
|Westlake Boys||6B||Albany Senior High School||L||0-56|
|Westlake Boys||7 Green||Kaipara College||L||19-39|
|Westlake Boys||7 Red||Sacred Heart College||L||0-38|