Dunstan High School’s 1st XV rugby side is swiftly packing the trophy cabinet.
The Alexandra high school has been riding an impressive wave lately and the team is eyeing up the chance for further glory this weekend.
Last week the side celebrated three cup wins in the space of seven days.
On Saturday, August 17, Dunstan High School beat Wanaka’s Mt Aspiring College 27-15 in the Otago Middle 4 Ritchies Cup 1st XV final in Alexandra.
Three days later, the two sides met again in the Otago co-ed school final where Dunstan shut out Mt Aspiring 20-0 in water-logged conditions in Wanaka.
Over the weekend, Dunstan completed its third consecutive cup triumph – edging out Gore High School 31-29 in the Highlanders co-ed school final in Gore.
The most recent result is a feather in Dunstan’s cap, knocking over Gore High School, which had gone through the Southland under-18 rugby competition unbeaten.
The result means they will travel to Christchurch on Saturday for a South Island co-ed school showdown with St Andrew’s 1st XV.
“If we win that one we get to go up north, which would be fantastic,” head coach Cory Crosbie said.
Crosbie said the potential has been there from Dunstan in recent years.
The closest Dunstan has come to winning the co-ed franchise final was in 2017 when they drew 12-all with Gore’s St Peter’s College.
A bizarre countback scenario on the day, not unlike the recent Cricket World Cup final, denied Dunstan with no extra time available and St Peter’s clinched the win as they had scored the first try.
This year, Dunstan has sealed off every opportunity as they have adopted a strong work ethic and attitude, Crosbie said.
“We don’t have a lot of size. So we rely on everyone doing their jobs well.”