South African rugby powerhouse Monument were hammered in the final of the unofficial world secondary schools’ championship played in Japan — and once again it was a Kiwi side that inflicted the pain.
Christchurch Boys High School, who won the tournament in 2005, beat Monument 34-20 in the final, a victory that gave the Kiwi school’s co-coach Richard Taylor particular satisfaction, given the form of the SA side.
He told the Christchurch Press that the South Africans were bullish about winning.
The South Africans had been supremely confident going into the final, according to CBHS co-coach Richard Taylor.
“They’d gone through and thrashed everybody, and won their semi-final (against Eastern Fukuoka) 65-22 or something. “They were very confident, but then that’s the South African way.”
Boys High led 17-6 at half time in the final, the South Africans closing to 22-20 with about 10min left before conceding two more tries.
Taylor said the scoreline did get tight, but CBHS would have been pretty aggrieved to lose after scoring six tries to two.
“They just had a goal-kicker who hit 100%. He just couldn’t miss from inside 50m.”
CBHS fullback Andrew Horrell and right wing Marshall Suckling scored two tries each in the final, with open-side flanker Angus Sullivan and lock Hugh Reed both touching down once. Mark Jackman converted two of the tries.
In its pool games, CBHS opened with a 34-5 win over Nagasaki, with Sullivan scoring three tries.
The Christchurch team then beat Ivybridge Community College (Devon) 22-0 and Toin Gakuen HS (Japan) 31-9 after being 7-9 down. It went on to down the top Japanese team, Tokai University Gyosei, 14-0 in the semi-final after leading 11-0 at half time.