West Coast rugby colts captain Sean Loveday made a last gasp try-saving tackle and then won the ball at Rugby Park last Saturday to ensure Coast enjoyed a 6-5 victory over the Christchurch Boys High School 2nd XV.
Manager Ray Manera said Loveday’s match-winning effort was typical of a West Coast team which struggled to get a fair share of possession but defended as if their lives depended on it.
The opposition led 5-3 at the break but West Coast fullback Logan Ross kicked a second long range penalty to put his side up 6-5, and the entire team then combined to hold out the visitors.
Manera was loathe to single out players for praise from a true team effort but said Loveday led by example and prop Nathan Cook toiled well in the tight.
“Halfback, Archie McBride, went to second-five for the second half and impressed in both positions, while Brandon Maitland showed talent when he got his chance on the wing,” Manera said.
“But really, the entire team rose to the occasion and won the game with their defence. It was a gutsy performance. They showed a lot of heart.”
by Tui Bromley – GreyStar