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Wanderers & Waimea OB draw first blood {Nelson Mail]

Wanderers 36 (Ryan Setefano 2, Jackson Harvey, Alex Lean, Jesse Pitman tries, Harvey 4 cons, pen) Nelson 19 (Loui Harvey try, James Lash 4 pens, con) Ht 17-16.

WOB 30 (James Lowe 3, Mike Bates tries, Josh Rutledge con, Billy Guyton 2 pens, con) Stoke 19 (Shaun Begg, Chris Little, Chad Lowrie tries, Begg 2 cons) Ht 20-7.

Marlborough rugby season preview [Marlborough Express]

There are three distinct parts to Marlborough's senior club rugby season which kicks off at various venues around the province tomorrow.
The opening round of the Marlborough competition is played over a full round between the competing clubs - Moutere, Waitohi, Awatere, Renwick, Harlequins and Central. That's followed by the Tasman Trophy combined Marlborough/Nelson premier grade competition, played over a full round from May 5. During that competition, derby matches between Marlborough clubs will count towards second round Marlborough competition points with the Tasman Trophy semifinals and finals scheduled for June 22-29 respectively. The Marlborough second round concludes with three more round-robin matches leading to semifinals on July 20 and grand finals day on July 27. While the Marlborough Sub-Union representative programme is still to be confirmed, Marlborough Rugby operations manager Gareth Waldron is planning a six-match campaign, if everything falls into place.

Nelson club rugby: Quality, not quantity, this year [Nelson Mail]

Less is more - potentially, at least. If there's to be any significant upside to this season's downsized Car Company Nelson Bays division one club rugby competition, which starts tomorrow, it's that quality will hopefully trump quantity. This season's competition has been reduced from seven to five teams after the Motueka-based Huia and Riwaka clubs combined their dwindling division one resources to form the Kahurangi Hawks and a similar lack of player depth forced the Marist club to withdraw their top side

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