Visiting English schoolboy rugby teams play tests against Tereora

Wednesday July 26, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union
A Tereora 1st VX player prepares to test the Malvern College defence. 17072041 A Tereora 1st VX player prepares to test the Malvern College defence. 17072041

Two visiting rugby teams from Malvern College in England competed against Tereora College’s U16 and 1st XV rugby teams at the BCI stadium on Thursday last week.

 

The first time visitors are currently undertaking a rugby tour to the Cook Islands and New Zealand which has been in preparation since 2015.

Malvern College U16 player Toby Moran said they were given the opportunity to choose between going to the Cook Islands to play a local team or watch the Lions game in New Zealand.

“Most of us voted to come here to Rarotonga and we have spent the last two or three years planning it.”

Another English player, Henry Gerber, said Tereora College put up a good game against them.

“I thought the match was intense and quite competitive but off the field the players were really nice and very respectful,” the 16-year-old said.

Paul Doehring said their team was surprised at the amount of supporters from Tereora College who came to watch the games.

“We don’t get as many people turning up to our games, so it was nice to see the support that Tereora showed their school’s rugby team,” he said.

Principal Tania Morgan said the Malvern College rugby teams were well drilled and the school was able to see the advantages that come from playing as a team over a period of time.

“Being able to play as a team against opposition regularly is crucial for combinations to work in any team sport. 

“This is something that we saw with our 1st XV team that went to Hawai’i.”

Morgan said there were some individuals that stood out for Tereora in both teams.

“The forwards for our 1st XV were able to provide a good platform to run off,” she said.

The Malvern College team departed Rarotonga on Sunday to New Zealand to continue their rugby tour.

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