Could the the fact it was a televised fixture been the reason for Hastings Boys High School's 1st XV rugby side producing their best Super 8 display of the season today?

"You could be right," manager Jason Bird replied when this question was put to him after his troops 25-15 win against Rotorua Boys' High School in Rotorua. This victory leaves the joint defending champions with the same record as their Napier counterparts - three wins and one loss.

"After a shaky start we played to our structures and produced our best defensive game. It was definitely a step in the right direction," Bird said.

HBHS trailed 12-5 at halftime. The visitors scored a spectacular 70 metre team try finished by blindside flanker Donovan Mataira which was started by inspirational captain and No 8 Liam Udy-Johns.

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Hooker Damarus Hokianga scored a try and HBHS were also awarded a penalty try. First five-eighth Shamara Brooks kicked two penalties and a conversion.

Udy-Johns and Mataira were full of authority while locks Emil Crichton and Julian Goreke were a powerful pair.