PLYMOUTH College’s head of rugby Richard Edwards described playing New Zealand touring side Massey High School at Brickfields as a ‘great event’.
The match attracted a decent crowd at Plymouth Albion’s home ground and they were treated to a haka by the touring side, who ran out 22-12.
Plymouth College stepped in to host the New Zealanders after they were let down by a London-based school upon their arrival in England.
Massey were playing their sixth tour match and had a record of four wins and one defeat.
The game, under the lights at Albion, was a tight and physical affair, with heavy tackles and strong defences featuring strongly. Five tries were scored, three by Massey and two by Plymouth.
Plymouth College were 12-10 ahead with 10 minutes remaining, but the power of their opponents finally told with two late tries.
“The match was wonderfully supported by Plymouth students and parents, creating a great atmosphere for all,” said Edwards.
“The boys were treated to a powerful rendition of the Haka and the first visit of a New Zealand school to Plymouth College in many years was a great event.
“Massey players attended a Year 7 geography lesson to talk about their country, while Years 8, 9 and 10 were treated to a performance of the Haka in the sportshall.
“There was the added bonus of a side story, as well, with BBC Spotlight doing a feature on Plymouth College student, Albert Slade, and Massey High School student, Mack Pisi, who both have brothers playing in the current Rugby World Cup. Mack has three brothers playing for Samoa while Albert is the younger brother of former Plymouth College student and Exeter Chiefs player, Henry Slade.”
Plymouth are touring New Zealand in 2017, when they hope to follow the British and Irish Lions while pitting themselves against school rugby teams the length and breadth of New Zealand. Massey High School have promised to play hosts and reciprocate the hospitality they have enjoyed in Plymouth.