By Jonty Dine [Nelson App]
Waimea remain the early frontrunners in the E’stel Tasman Trophy while the
defending champions continue its resurgence after a stuttering start to the
season, with a 53-28 win over Central.
breath-taking hat-trick to lock Conor Rhind ensures Nelson keep themselves in
touch the unbeaten Waimea Old Boys and Marist at the top of the table.
chanced its arm from the kick-off reception, trying to run the ball out from
its own 22 only to concede possession to the dangerous Timoci Tavatavanawai who
scored with less than a minute gone.
struck back after a succession of penalties against Renwick, skipper Chris
Kerslake crashing over the chalk from close range.
made a scintillating break from the base before stepping fullback Mitchell
Smith and showing enough speed to get to the line for the first of his
continued to concede penalties and Nelson continued to punish, Asher Wells
charging an attempted clearance to score a third for the defending champions.
dominant at set piece, Ethan Blackadder its primary lineout target and the
Crusader was rewarded for his work with a bonus point try after a rampaging run
off the back of a scrum.
slotted his fourth conversion before adding three more before halftime for a
comfortable 31-7 advantage.
continued after oranges as Saul Lewis managed muscle his way to the line after
looking sure to be bundled into touch.
darted down the blindside to extend the lead as Renwick started to visibly
second was the nail in Central’s coffin as Nelson looked to put an exclamation
mark on its dominant performance.
lock was over again moments later, the beneficiary of a superb run and offload
A brace of
late consolation tries from Central made the scoreboard look less one-sided.
hat-trick hero says he is loving his first year out of college with the Nelson
they have written off the early season losses.
are back on the rise and are starting to click.”
He says he
was ecstatic to dot down three times at 'T-Park,’ showing a blend of strength
and speed in a stunning display.
“That first one I
thought I’d just try it on the outside and managed to get away, the second I
got hit pretty hard initially then just pinned my ears back and that last one,
all credit to Blackadder I just strolled over in the corner.”
(Rhind 3, Kerslake, Wells, Blackadder, Lewis, Soper, tries, Barry 5 cons 1 pen)
(Tavatavanawai, MacDonald, Smith, Chapman tries, Trance Poa 2 Smith 2 cons)
the day, Waimea kept its unbeaten run alive with another big win.
also yet to taste defeat in 2019, downing a spirited Moutere side while
Kahurangi also registered a win over East Coast and Stoke went down to Waitohi.
def Central 28
def Renwick 16
33 def East Coast 22
def Moutere 31
def Stoke 25
By Peter Jones [Marlborough App]
Waitohi player/coach Jimmy Giles admitted he was “pretty rapt” with his charges
after they spared Marlborough’s blushes on Saturday.
During the fifth
round of the E’stel Tasman Trophy rugby competition the Picton-based side tipped over Stoke
31-25, providing the only victory for teams based this side of the Whangamoas.
Giles was quick to
admit his side were far from perfect, the game often getting a bit niggly and
disjointed as both sides struggled with cohesion and adapting to some of the
“It didn’t feel
like either team was well on top at any stage … and it was touch and go at the
end,” he suggested.
Two of the local
players, Giles included, were sent to the sin bin and they made do with a
three-man bench, but there was enough resolve and grit shown by the local lads
to get the job done.
“We did reasonably
well with a lightweight pack and a short lineout,” said Giles, “I’m pretty rapt
with the effort given [the line-up] we had.”
The game, at
Endeavour Park, was close at halftime, Waitohi ahead 15-10. The home side surged out to 31-13 then repelled a late
surge by the visitors who closed to within six points with 10 minutes to go,
then laid siege to the Waitohi line. However, staunch defence created turnovers and the Tohis survived to pick up their second win of the season.
Giles said his side
had plenty of heroes on the day but singled out a few for special mention.
“Tuli [Paea] at fullback had one of his
better games for us, young Taine [Cragg-Love] at flanker was outstanding again,
into everything, Corey [Bovey] with his goalkicking was very sound, plus the frontrowers Taimi [Fangatua] and Manu [Mataele] put in a lot of work.
“The heart all the
boys showed was awesome … we are going out there with no massive expectations
except to play a decent 80 minutes and see what happens. They are playing hard
for each other, the club and the supporters.”
Less happy with his
side’s efforts on Saturday was East Coast skipper Seymour Lambert, whose side
went down 33-24 in Seddon to a resolute and dangerous Kahurangi outfit.
The visitors led
21-12 at the break, taking advantage of a stiff wind at their backs and some
defensive lapses, then frustrated East Coast, who made too many errors, both on
attack and defence.
“They got a head
start and we were not good enough, not clinical enough, that’s all it comes
down to really,” said the uncompromising tighthead prop.
The Coasters were
chasing their third home win in a row but were always behind in the game, being
locked in their half for most of the first quarter, then conceding two quick
converted tries to trail 14-0. Kahurangi’s play-making quartet of No8 Hana Corbett-Burrows, flanker Tim Sail,
halfback Aaron Coe and first five Ben Corston were highly influential, Corston kicking astutely to pressure East Coast’s defenders into errors.
When the home side
finally got some field position they scored from a trademark rolling maul, but
the visitors came back immediately to bag their third.
A touchdown by the
hard-working Steve Crudis just prior to halftime saw the home side close to 21-12 and they came
out firing immediately after halftime. However a straightforward penalty
attempt was missed and Kahurangi regrouped, adding two more tries to stretch the lead to 33-12 and,
although the Coasters picked up late tries to Jordan Judge and Michael Ryan to
bag a bonus point, the home side were always playing
Lambert said his
side were focused on playing finals football this season but added, “with a
performance like that we can’t do it. It’s back to the drawing board this
The third game in
Marlborough saw Moutere take on the unbeaten Marist side at Awarau Park. At halftime the
visitors led 22-5 and doubled their advantage in the second spell, their
attacking prowess too hot for the Magpies to handle.
In Nelson, Central
and Renwick featured in a Trafalgar Park double-header and met the same fate.
highest-scoring encounter of the weekend, the Blues were swamped 53-28 by
Nelson, who led 31-7 at the break, while the Green Machine went down 49-19 to
Waimea Old Boys in the curtainraiser.