Rangiora High School Rugby
2012 1st XV Report
The 2012 season will be remembered for many on and off field highlights. The season began at the end of February with the annual AMI Invitational Tens competition for Press Cup Schools and the season started brightly with good wins against Burnside, Shirley and St Andrews. Pre-season 15s again focussed around the wonderful International 1st XV Rugby Festival held at Christchurch Boys High School and highlights included wins against Rathkeale College, Nudgee and Kaitaia.
The Press Cup season started positively with strong performances against St Thomas’s and Roncalli College. Letting the St Thomas’s game slip away was to be the story of the season that followed with the side being more than competitive with most sides yet unable to control the scoreboard. The lack of the elusive 70 minute performance was to be the undoing of the game on so many occasions. We finished our season with 4 wins, 1 draw and 9 losses. The quality of the rugby played was at times superb but inconsistency prevented the team from registering more wins.
Off the field there were numerous highlights from the Choir performance, the introduction of Blazers to 1st XV Fridays and the chance to train with the All Blacks in Christchurch. Many of the players were able to participate in the player development sessions and all have enhanced their rugby knowledge and skill. It is a very intense competition and lessons are learned thick and fast.
Nigel Gibb was selected to join approximately 50 of the competitions best players at the Crusaders Secondary Schools training camp at Lincoln University during the July holidays. 12 of the squad were selected for Nth Canterbury representative honours and 6 were included in the U18 Country squad with 5 players making the final cut to represent Canterbury Country at U18 level – Daniel Mato, Daniel Wills, Freeman Eder, Sam Brakenridge and Jag Love. Brandon Wentworth had been selected for the U16 squad but had to withdraw due to injury.
In July the team headed to Wellington for a mini tour, staying in Porirua with Tauhara College from Taupo. The reason for the meet was to play for the Caleb Church – Curtis Tui Memorial Trophy. Rangiora were victorious and brought the trophy back to North Canterbury for the first time.
A number of the 2012 squad will be returning in 2013 which bodes well for building a strong team around a core of experienced players.
A big thank you must go to tireless work members of the Rugby Club committee do on behalf the sport and the school. Without them we would be unable to field a team at this level. Also, the administration and coaching teams that have put countless hours in to ensure the team is at its best both on and off the field.
Jim Gilbert (Coach)