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The Bluff U 20 team in 1976 had a very impressive record when it met the Southland Boys High School first XV to try and get their 26th straight consecutive win. This team has not lost a game in the last two years and it was obvious that after this season some would be moving up to senior status.
The Bluff team had virtually been playing together since they were school boys in the 10th grade and 1975 was testimony that they had forged a strong bond when winning the U 18 grade and accumulating a massive 487 points and having only 40 against.
Jack Ryan and Alan Ramsay were the coaches again and they began the season with a 89-3 thrashing over Collegiate.
It beat Southland Boys High School earlier in the season 16-12 in the curtain raiser to the Ireland - Southland game.
Ray Fife on the wing had scored a mamoth 27 tries for a total of 108 points in the 1975 season and so far in the 1976 season had scored 14 tries in 10 outings.
Full back and kicker, Willie Calder had scored 70 points in his 10 outings.
Captain, Stephen Geary, at first five eight, Chris Hiini at half back and Gordon Blake at second five eight are all competent rugby players.
Although the forward pack was one of the smallest in the competition, it did not lack heart. There was Terry Dixon, vice captain and No. 8, Michael Fife, flanker, and promising young prop, Jeff Mead.
Reference: Bluff Team's Fine Record. The Southland Times July 1976
The Southland Boys High School Team was: Kevin Burns, J. McCall, Grant Johnstone, K. Johnston, Paul Annear, Craig Hunter, David Haywood, A McDougall, M. Ross, Peter Redpath, Ken Drake, Barry Atkinson, Stephen Crowther, R. Hunt, N. Porter, H. Robertson, W. Compton, Garth Dawson, D. Millar, Matthew Smellie.
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