PNBHS 2nd XV vs Cullinane College - Saturday 10 August
The 2nd XV entertained Cullinane College in the Premier 1 semi-final. Cullinane had proved tricky opposition in the previous two fixtures and so the 2nd XV were aware of the need to perform well.
The game could not have started more poorly. A defensive error saw Cullinane break the line and finish well before an intercept gifted them their second try and a 14-0 lead after 7 minutes. PNBHS rallied well and from a quick tap, Jared Sellwood charged over and it was game on.
The 2nd XV forwards were beginning to dominate the contact area and after a series of good charges, Jared went over for his second. Things were clicking now. More charges from the forwards created space for James Cameron and he charged into the Cullinane 22. They conceded a penalty and from the quick tap, Jared completed his hat trick before a wide pass from Kopere Tanoa was finished superbly by James Cameron. The fifth try saw some superb interplay between the backs and forwards before Carson Hepi slipped through a gap and he put James Cameron over for his second. From the kick-off, Reif Dawson made a break down the short side, he found Tom Kirk in support who offloaded to Sam Simpson who gave the pass for Jared Sellwood to bag his fourth try of the game.
The message at half-time was to maintain the speed of support and continue to look after the ball. The 2nd XV started well, pinning Cullinane in their 22 and building pressure. From a scrum, a superbly executed 8-9 play saw Reif Dawson over in the corner before Zane Munn got a well-deserved try from a ‘catch and drive’.
Cullinane rallied and, from a quick tap, scored an individual long-range try. The next 15 minutes were very even with both teams trying the move the ball, but inaccuracies meant the game became very stop start until Cullinane scored a well-crafted try with the last play of the game.
Final score: PNBHS 2nd XV 46 Cullinane 1st XV 28
Tries: Jared Sellwood (4), James Cameron (2), Reif Dawson & Zane Munn
Conversions: Kopere Tanoa (3)
The 2nd XV now face Manukura 1st XV on Saturday 17 August at 11.45am at CET Arena 1.