Southern Cross Campus have left no doubt surrounding their status as the kings of schoolboy rugby league, powering past Kelston Boys’ High School 44-0 to claim the National Secondary School title on Friday.
The Rod Ratu coach southerners were ruthless through the 50 minutes, steamrolling their way through the middle of the park and showing polish out wide to score some classy tries and confirm back-to-back New Zealand titles, having downed Kelston in the same game 12 months ago.
Centre Fua Schwalger did much of the damage via three tries, and was later named Man of the Match, while halfback Samuel Nati was brilliant in traffic, setting up a number of line breaks and tries with quality service.
The onslaught started early, with Southern Cross spreading wide on their first set of the game to score through Schwalger, who broke free and palmed off a poor attempted tackle from Connor Lopesi.
Both sides traded blows across the next 12 minutes, before Southern Cross found their way over for a second via interchange man Dawson Mele.
With Nati converting both efforts, the southern school’s lead went out to 16-0 with a brilliant try just before the break, where Samiuela Fisiitalia got on the end of a grubber into the in-goal.
It was all going the way of Southern Cross, and after Joseph Onyeke dropped the kick off to start the second half, the defending champions made full use of the set and got over again via Schwalger.
A bouncing kick deceived Lopesi at the back gifting Paea Fotu with his third try of the tournament, which Nati converted for a 28-0 lead.
A lovely short ball from Nati with nine minutes to go sent Schwalger over for his third, before Nitoa Kairau continued the right-edge assault in scoring his side’s seventh try, and four minutes later he helped himself to a double after a clever kick from close range.
Nati kicked his sixth conversion to make the final scored 44-0.
Southern Cross Campus 44 (Fua Schwalger x3, Dawson Mele, Samiuela Fisiitalia, Paea Fotu, Nitoa Kairau x2 tries; Samuel Nati 6 goals) def. Kelston Boys’ High School 0. HT: 16-0. At Bruce Pulman Park, Auckland.