Boys’ High bench clinches win

TRY TIME: Teammates congratulate captain Isaac Anderson after he scores against Nelson College on Saturday. PHOTO: Martin Hunter.

Last-minute heroics are starting to become the norm for Christchurch Boys’ Alex Harford after a late penalty sealed a 13-11 win for the defending champions against Nelson College on Saturday.

Harford came off the bench onto the wing, and with 3min to go, slotted the match-winner from 35m on the angle.

He had only been on the field for about 10min before lining up the vital nudge.

Last week it was Rico Syme who broke the hearts of the opposition with a scintillating 50m dash before Harford kicked the extras to beat St Andrew’s 25-23.

Coach Danny Porte said it was a “faultless kick.”

“It shows the depth we have in the squad, it is about the full 22 guys not just the starting 15,” he said.

The win keeps CBHS at the top of the table.

They head into next weekend with a bye, but the team are far from getting a break.

“We have Blackrock College from Ireland on Thursday then we face a challenge from Otago Boys’ High next Tuesday as a school exchange game,” Porte said.

Burnside will have to travel north to play Marlborough Boys’ after a 43-12 defeat at the hands of Christ’s on Saturday, while St Bede’s will look to bounce back after their first ever defeat to Rangiora High (21-7) –when they take on Mid-Canterbury Combined.

FOCUSED: Alex Harford kicks a penalty with three mins to go in the game against Nelson College sealing a 13-11 win for the defending champions. PHOTO: Kate Jensen.

TRY TIME: Teammates congratulate captain Isaac Anderson after he scores against Nelson College on Saturday. PHOTO: Martin Hunter.

HARD TO STOP: Christchurch Boys’ replacement prop Murphy Kupe charges into the Nelson defenders. PHOTO: Martin Hunter.

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