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Wakatipu Under-11 co-coach Murray Middleton took comfort from last weekend’s World Junior Rugby Festival South Island in Queenstown. 

“We may have missed out on a Rugby World Cup fixture but this festival is definitely a good consolation prize,” he says. 

The team he co-coaches with Craig Wilson beat Christchurch Red and went on to win the plate final by beating Mackenzie 22-7. 

“We were pretty chuffed really,” Middleton says. 

He backs event organiser Tyrone Campbell’s plan to attract North Island sides next year, with the aim of attracting 38 teams. 

The festival could become a big fixture on Queenstown’s sporting calendar, Middleton believes. 

“A lot of people want to come to Queenstown for two or three days, probably more so than to other places, so I can see the event growing.” 

Wakatipu High’s under-13s beat Taieri 29-24 to take third.

Going hard: Wakatipu High under-13 rugby player Jong Hoon (top) heads upfield; (bottom, right) Hoon’s teammate Drew McTaggart in action; (bottom, left) Wakatipu High under-13 player George Boanas