The Auckland-based school ran riot in the opening spell to post a 28-0 lead, setting the platform for the big win in their opening match in Rarotonga.
Tereora College made a jittery start, and were left backpedaling for most of the first half allowing MAGS to score four tries and leaving the hosts clueless.
MAGS scored the opening try in the eighth minute through impressive number eight Tyrell Peita. The try was converted by first five eighth Dylan Moon. MAGS scored three more tries – one to their right winger Leon Rusher and a double to pacy centre Joel Cobb, all converted by Moon, to give them a 28-0 lead.
With second half reinforcements off the bench and playing with a bit more energy, the Tereora College team were more direct in their approach.
And with their forwards gaining momentum and making inroads, Tereora College managed to score a try through prop Moeranga Atingakau in the 50th minute to trail 28-5.
Right on fulltime, MAGS scored their fifth and final try from their flanker Ben Cameron after a defensive blunder from Tereora College, to seal the 33-5 win.
“Lots of lessons to be learnt by the local team, however Tereora College’s second half effort whereby they got stuck in and played with plenty of spirit was pleasing to see,” said Cook Islands Rugby Union development manager Ben Koteka.
The post-match best and fairest awards, sponsored by Bluesky, were given to players from both teams. For MAGS, the best and fairest players were prop Darhys Simone and midfielder Joel Cobb.
Tereora College’s best and fairest players were their workaholic loose forwards Joshua Caffery and Jethro Joseph and also their left winger Arona Ngari.
MAGS will take on the U18 Rarotonga XV in their second match this afternoon, starting at 4.15pmn at Tupapa Field.
Koteka is asking the public to come out in numbers to support the future stars of rugby.
This is MAGS’ third tour to Rarotonga having previously toured in October 2013 and 2015 MAGS use this development tour as an opportunity to build character with some of the fruit from previous tours being Jack Goodhue (All Blacks) and Isaiah Papalii (New Zealand Warriors).
Mt Albert Grammar Development XV: 33 (Tries: Joel Cobb (2), Tyrell Peita, Leon Rusher & Ben Cameron. Conv: Dylan Moon (4) Tereroa College 1st XV: 5 (Try by Moeranga Atingakau)