Could winning this week’s Hawke’s Bay surest club rugby competition’s MVP award show be a fortunate omen for Napier Old Boys Marist prop Patrick Teddy? “I hope so … Making the Magpies is a huge purpose,” Teddy spoke back while he turned into instructed Hastings Rugby and Sports prop Josiah Tavita-Metcalfe was the 0.33 round winner of the McDonald’s-Hawke’s Bay Today MVP award final 12 months. He went directly to secure a berth inside the Magpies Mitre 10 Cup squad. Like Tavita-Metcalfe changed into the ultimate year, Teddy, 18, is in his first season of choicest membership rugby after leaving school. So to produce a player-of-the-match display for WIT Napier Old Boys Marist in Saturday’s 36-31 Tui Nash Cup win against Auto Super Shoppe Hastings Rugby and Sports changed into a tremendous feat for the youngster.
The tighthead prop turned into marking skilled Magpies loosehead prop Jason Long. As a Hawke’s Bay Academy squad member, Teddy receives masses of suggestions from Long, Magpies coach Mark Ozich, Josh Syms, and the Academy team educates Jason Shoemark. “You get true battles each week at this level. It is extra bodily than at 1st XV level because the players are tougher and stronger. I know there are extra more difficult opposing front rowers to come,” Teddy said. “After this year, I’ll make the selection between the hooker and prop; however, in the interim, I’m nevertheless happy to hold versatile,” Teddy stated.
He is apt to have made the most excellent crew of the club he performed for proper via all JAB grades. He had two years within the Napier Boys’ High School 1st XV and ultimate yr the previous Hawke’s Bay Ross Shield and Hawke’s Bay beneath-sixteen rep made the Hurricanes below-18 squad and the New Zealand Secondary Schools Barbarians crew. “The highlight for me last year turned into the way our first XV struggled again after dropping each of our games in South Africa as well as our first pre-season video games towards St Paul’s and St Kentigern’s to attain the Super eight and National Top Four finals and wins the Hurricanes very last,” Teddy recalled.
Just as effective at the delivery as he is at scrum time, the 104kg Teddy is a tough man to stop five meters from the try line and scored a few essential attempts for NBHS at some stage in their march to the Top Four final yr. He is also accurate, along with his lineout throws while used in the hooking function. “I become quite pleased with what Patrick did on the weekend,” NOBM head educate Craig Gowler stated while reflecting on his troop’s win.