Elder leads the way with man-of-match performance
THINGS went according to plan for St Peter Claver College in their opening Confraternity clash and they have their main play-makers to thank.
When the match was still in the balance it was halfback Cruz Elder, five-eighth Anthony Murray and fullback Daniel Ioane who stepped up.
They were all involved in crucial plays that led to tries.
None were better than the try early in the second half that took them to a 6-0 lead.
It started with Ioane making a bust from a scrum in his own quarter, linking with Murray, who got a miraculous ball to winger Junior Tavito who then fed other winger Kaylam Taurino-Hassett to score.
While Cruz wasn't involved in that try, he had a decisive influence over most of his team's attacking play and was named man-of-the-match.
Cruz maintains he was still confident after St Edmund's opening try and at half time.
"The main thing was just to keep the ball alive and do what we've been training for," Elder said.
It is not so easy when it is raining throughout a match however.
"I haven't got that strong a pass myself," Elder admitted.
"So it was hard taking a risk."
The risks paid off however, with SPCC looking strongest when they moved they involved their back three.
Fullback Daniel Ioane was incisive, left winger Kaylam Taurino-Hassett destructive and right winger Junior Tavito in the right place at the right time.
"He's talking a lot," Elder said of Ioane, grateful for his contribution.
"He led the team and made some great line breaks."
Day 2 highlights today
- 10.10am: SPCC 2 v Clairvaux Mackillop; St Edmund's 2 v St Columban's
- 11am: SPCC 1 v St Pats, Shorncliffe; St Edmund's 1 v St Augustine's
Afternoon matches to be determined after completion of morning games.