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St Kentigern College claim their first National 1st XV title

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aucklandrugby.co.nz     17 Sep 2012     Getty Images

In squally conditions, St Kents played with a strong wind behind them in the first spell and ran out to a 19-0 half time lead.

Otago Boys showed the first sign of nerves, a knock on when trying to collect a high kick gave St Kents a scrum feed 15 metres from the try line.

St Kents were given a free kick when Otago went early and a quick tap saw them go close to the line.

As the Otago defenders had their eye of blockbusting prop Sione Mafileo he instead through a quick, short pass to number eight Dillon Wihongi who burrowed over for the first points of the match.

Broc Hooper converted the try, giving St Kents a 7-0 lead.

St Kents were playing a smart game, using the wind to deny Otago Boys of any meaningful territory and using their forwards to make the hard yards up field.

Setting a scrum five metres from the try line, Wihongi had the whitewash in his sights again, busting off the back and over for the double. Hooper duly converted, doubling the lead to 14-0.

On the stroke of halftime the home team were in again. The fleet footwork of first five-eighths Will Raea set St Kents up in good field position and after a number of drives at the line they spun the ball wide to Hooper who crossed for the try.

The 19-0 halftime lead was a good buffer for St Kents, knowing they were playing into a blustery wind in the second half.

Otago Boys wasted little getting into good field position in the second half, and when a St Kents clearing kick was held up in the wind and only travelled 10 metres, they had a perfect attacking opportunity.

While the St Kents defence looked like they could hold out, as the ball was spun out in the backline second five-eighths Aleki Morris breezed over for Otago’s first points.

It was to be their first and only however, as St Kents extended their lead with two second half tries.

Firstly it was nippy halfback Sam Nock, who ran blind from the back of a scrum to take the score to 24-5 before an incredible individual run from TJ Faiane all but sealed the results at 31-5.

The win completes St Kents undefeated season ad extends their run of wins to 28 matches.

In claiming the Barbarian Cup for the National Championship St Kents ensured it remains in Auckland for the third consecutive year (Mt Albert Grammar winners in 2010, Kelston Boys High School winners in 2011).

St Kents 31 (D Wihongi 2, B Hooper, S Nock, TJ Faiane tries, B Hooper 3 con)

Otago Boys 5 (A Morris try)