The Waimea combined first XV rugby team have been taught a tough early lesson in the Crusaders Secondary School rugby championship, going down 39-8 to Christchurch Boys’ High School today.
Early injuries and the fact it was their third game in seven days took their toll at Waimea College.
Waimea Combined were coming off a good 42-19 win over Marlborough Boys’ College on Wednesday but struggled against the traditional competition heavyweights.
Halfback Tyler Power went to hospital with an ankle injury midway through the first half and No 10 Josh McPherson played on after dislocating a finger in the early stages.
CBHS found space on the wings as the game wore on and the Waimea set piece failed them when they were on attack.
The hosts did prevent the score escalating with a spirited second half where they dominated territory and possession.
Waimea did muster a try in the left corner through prop Tommy Allen after eight minutes of concerted pressure.
It was something to celebrate on a tough day for the first year team.
Meanwhile, Nelson College made it two away wins in a row to start the competition with a 23-8 win over St Bede’s in Christchurch.