“We have an old collegian come and speak to us before every game about their time in the First XV and what it meant to them to play for St. Andrew’s. Saturday is going to be a special day for the team with the rivalry against Christ’s and the centenary celebrations.” Jack Rose eagerly anticipates ahead of St. Andrew’s match on Saturday.
St. Andrew’s is hundred years old and enjoys a rich rugby tradition. The twice National co-ed championships attended the National Top Four in 1987 and 1991 and boast All Blacks like Alex Wyllie and Ben Blair.
“There will be a lot of old boys there and we have to win to keep our semi-final chances alive.” Rose asserts.
With two rounds remaining in the UC Championship, St. Andrew’s are on 43 points in fifth place, six points behind fourth placed Nelson College and 10 points adrift of Christ’s College. St. Andrew’s have won eight out of 12 games this season.
“Were a bit disappointed not to be closer to the top four. We let ourselves down in the Rangiora and Shirley games, but we showed what we were capable of against Christchurch Boys’ and Waimea.” Rose admits.
St. Andrew’s was pipped 23-25 by UC Championship front-runners Christchurch BHS, but thrashed Waimea Combined 40-12. St. Andrew’s have put 50 points past five opponents this season.
“When we click we're a good side. Shutting down Christ’s set-piece will be vital. Their lineout is very strongso if we can spoil that and chunk away at their scrum we will be competitive.” Rose believes.
Rose has clicked in 2017. The former loose forward converted to prop last year and enjoyed groundbreaking success in his Under-16 side.
“Last year was my first serious season. My Under-16’s coach Pale Paupti set things in motion for what’s happened this year by swapping my position and getting me really motivated.” Rose acclaims.
Rose can cover both sides of the scrum, but prefers loosehead because of the more aggressive nature of that position. Rose’s confrontational approach at set-piece helped him earn selection for the Crusaders Knights U18 camp where he made the reserves for the Hurricanes match in Wellington, playing the entire second-half. Despite the Crusaders losing 25-10, Rose was positive about the match.
“It was quite different to the UC Championship because they had such a big front row. I thought we dominated the set-piece, but eventually their size around the field wore us down.”
In his free time Rose enjoys spear fishing and is also a competitive shot putter in the summer. At the 2016 South Island championships Rose won a silver medal in the intermediate section. Reid is originally from Blenheim where his parents own the Wairau River wine company.