Resounding Victory in Presbyterian Quadrangular Tournament

May 02, 2016 at 2:06 PM

The First XV Rugby team has reclaimed the Presbyterian Quadrangular Tournament title with two polished performances! Now held as a pre-season tournament, the much-anticipated competition brings together Saint Kentigern, Wellington’s Scots College, St Andrew’s from Christchurch and Lindisfarne from Hastings to challenge for the coveted title. The four schools have a long history of friendship and rivalry, with the tournament now in its 28th year.

Saint Kentigern opened its campaign with a commanding 65-12 victory over St Andrew’s, scoring five tries in the first 20 minutes. Etene Nanai (3), Carlos Price (2), Tanielu Tele’a (2), Peni Lasaqa, Rivez Reihana, Ryan Jones and Sam Toloke all scored tries with Carlos and Rivez sharing the goalkicking.

The result secured a spot in the final against national top four runners-up, Scots College, who had defeated defending Quad champions, Lindisfarne 31-3. Tanielu scored the first of nine tries and would go on to bag a double, with seven other players – Kayleb Milne, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Ryan Jones, Keb Melrose-Waihi, Tevita Mafileo, Etonia Waqa and Peni Lasaqa – crossing the line. The final score was 57-3, one of the biggest margins in a Quad final.  In the playoff for third and fourth, Lindisfarne beat St Andrew’s College 27-14. Saint Kentigern has now won the tournament 15 times, followed by St Andrew’s with eight titles.

Following a 24-14 win over Wesley College, the Quad competition capped off a successful build-up to the team’s defence of the Auckland 1A Championship. The team kicks off its season away against Aorere this Saturday at 2.30pm. Congratulations boys on the exemplary result in the Quad and best of luck for the rest of 2016! 

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