Super-scoring Tevin nabs three-try haul


Young Queenstown rugby whizz kid Tevin Arona is such a devastating points-scoring machine it’s almost not fair. 

The 14-year-old first-five notched up 27 points through three tries and superb goal kicking during a Wakatipu High combined age-group game against a visiting school side from Illawarra, Australia. 

Tevin’s scorching form during the 65-18 demolition at the Recreation Ground two weeks ago meant he had to be regularly subbed off the field to even the score. 

“He was just too evasive,” match coach Noel Saxon says. 

“Every time he got the ball, he made a break or he put someone into a break. They had real trouble trying to control him and there were a number of times I subbed him off … I didn’t want it to turn into a cricket score.” 

Tevin, who moved down from Christchurch a few years ago, started out playing league and made Canterbury age-group representative teams, according to his Wakatipu High under-15 coach Tony Climo. 

Since living in Queenstown, he’s also played representative rugby for Otago Country and Central Otago. He earned player of the day during the Illawarra match. 

“He’s quite a talented boy,” Climo says. 

The game included another stand-out local player – wing Jack Gilbert, 14, who also scored three tries.
Saxon: “We normally play a touring side from Australia every year and this is the first time we’ve beaten them.”


What a great game

Tevin Arona
Age: 14
Three tries = 15 pts
Six conversions = 12 pts
Total = 27 pts