Preparatory School Rugby Festival

July 14, 2021 at 3:43 PM

During the last week of term, the Boys’ School 1st XV Rugby team were invited to attend the inaugural St Peter’s School Preparatory Rugby Festival in Cambridge. Departing on Sunday, the boys were delighted to be involved and were looking forward to spending the following three nights experiencing boarding in one of St Peter’s Boarding Houses.

Nine schools from around the country, including the South Island, were involved in the tournament: St Peter’s School, Cambridge; Kings’ School, Auckland; Dilworth, Auckland; Saint Kentigern Boys’ School, Auckland; Glen Eden Intermediate, Auckland; Wellesley College, Wellington; Waihi School, Canterbury; Medbury, Christchurch; St Andrew’s College, Christchurch.

Day 1: SKBS v Glen Eden Intermediate: 37 – 17 win to SKBS. This game was played in heavy fog and was a real physical encounter turning out to be the hardest game of the festival!

Day 2: SKBS v Medbury: 55 – 0 win to SKBS. In complete contrast to the previous day, this was a free-flowing rugby game in absolutely perfect weather.

Day 3: SKBS v St Andrew’s College: 45 – 5 win to SKBS. Again the weather had a part to play and the teams found themselves playing in wet and muddy conditions!

The boys had a fantastic three days away, experiencing tournament play, meeting new people and enjoying the opportunity to play against other schools from throughout New Zealand. Their games showed a high level of skill and teamwork and their sportsmanship was outstanding.

Badges were swapped, Boarding House food and life was trialled - and the vending machine back at the Boarding House, along with the food trucks by the field were novelty highlights for the boys! The boys were a real credit to our school and enjoyed the experience immensely!

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