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Central beat Kahurangi away, Nelson beat Waimea OB at home

Nelson 28 Waimea OB 26;
Kahurangi 15 Central 31;
Moutere 22 Stoke 28;
Harlequins 73 Renwick 12;
Awatere 13 Waitohi 33

Tasman Rugby appoint Coaches for B’s and Under 20’s

Mike Fraser has been appointed Head Coach of the Tasman B program. The appointment sees Mike being promoted from Assistant Coach of the 2012 Tasman B Team. Daniel Perrin serves as the Tasman B Assistant Coach. A former Tasman, Canterbury, BOP, Crusader and Chief player, Dan comes with obvious strengths and knowledge around current practises at ITM and Super level. Don McLean returns as Head Coach of the Tasman U20 program after his successful stint as co-coach of the 2010 Tasman U20 program. Don takes the reins with assistant coach Lachie Taylor, an experienced coach at representative age group and senior rugby.

Big wins for Nelson clubs in Bayleys Tasman Trophy [Nelson Mail]

Results Pool A:

Moutere 20 (Benji Keenan 2 tries, Noah Taio 2 con, 2 pen) Waitohi 20 (Taylor Solomon try, Daniel Hawkins 5 pen). Halftime: Waitohi 12-6.

Nelson 85 (James Lash 3, David Havili 3, Robbie Malneek 3, Ula Fotu 2, Loui Harvey, Mitchell Scott tries, Lash 9 cons, Havili con) Awatere 3 (Johann Louw pen). Halftime: 43-3.

WOB 37 (Kaide Whiting, Joe Higgins, Marty Banks, James Lowe tries, Billy Guyton 4 cons, 3 pens) Stoke 5 (Chris Little try). Halftime: 34-0.

Pool B:

Central 22 (Charlie Shuttleworth, John Pale tries, Gareth Smith 4 pen) Harlequins 18 (Darryl Murray, Mike Schmidt-Lealava'a tries, Schmidt-Lealava'a con, pen, Matt Duggan pen). Halftime: 8-8.

Wanderers 63 (Tries: Trael Joass 2 , Ryan Setefano 2, Alex Lean 2, Jackson Harvey, Jade Beven, Steve Soper, Loa Windley, Alex Ainley, Ben Douglas; Pen: Jackson Harvey ) Renwick 17 (Hayden Swain, Evan Wadsworth, Kurt Schollum tries, Schollum con). Halftime: 27-7.

Nelson clubs dominate Bayleys Tasman Trophy opening round [Marl Express]

Results Pool A: Nelson 12 (Richie Smith, David Havili tries, Havili con) Waitohi 3 (Daniel Hawkins pen). Halftime: 12-0.

Waimea Old Boys 73 (no scorers available) Moutere 21 (Paul Kahui, John Tavares, Chris Ranstead tries, Noah Taio 3 con) Halftime: 45-7.

Stoke 36 (no scorers available) Awatere 9 (Johann Louw 3 pen) Halftime: 17-0.

Pool B: Harlequins 35 (Gary Redmond, Johnny Hope, Willie Tau'alupe, Matt Duggan tries, Duggan 3 con, 2 pen, Hayden Cripps field goal) Kahurangi 34 (Mangisi Kaho, Daniel Smart, Vai Aukafolau tries, Andrew Beatson 2 con, 5 pen). Halftime: 25-19.

Wanderers 42 (no scorers available) Central 35 (Reyne Volavola, Adam Goldsworthy, Kaleni Taetuli, Daniel van Waas tries, Sam Aolele 3 con, 3 pen). Halftime: 15-7.

Leslie passes on the knowledge [Nelson Mail]

John Leslie of Leslie Rugby Coaching Clinic held a day-long skills clinic at Nelson College involving 63 children ranging in age from 6 to 13.

Assisting him were the Tasman Rugby Union's Kahu Marfell and Gareth Archer, former All Blacks lock and Tasman Makos captain Chris Jack, current and former Makos players James Lowe, Hayden Cripps and Shaun Begg and Nelson College First XV players Mitchell Hunt and Louis Saunders-Loder.

Waitohi reel in leaders Central [Marlborough Express]

Waitohi 24 (Eugene Taylor, Manu Mataele tries, Daniel Hawkins 4 pen, con), Central 17 (Tom Mu, Gareth Smith tries, Gareth Smith 2 con, pen). Halftime: 10-14.

Moutere 39 (Noah Taio 2, Chris Ranstead, Brigham Hart, Lockie McCormick tries, Noah Taio 4 con, 2 pen), Harlequins 37 (Kotahi Nathan, Pierre Vienings, Gary Redmond, Tim Perry tries, Matt Duggan 4 con, 3 pen). Halftime: 18-23.

Renwick 23 (Jim McCabe, Anaru Norton tries, Kurt Schollum 3 pen, 2 con), Awatere 21 (Stu Dudley, Billy Collins tries, David Pope 3 pen, con). Halftime: 10-10.

Nelson gets first win, Wanderers top of table [Nelson Mail]

Nelson 22 Stoke 13;
Wanderers 20 Kahurangi 13

Central sink Moutere's ambitions [Marlborough Express]

Biddy Kates Central and Crafar Crouch Waitohi will play off for round-one honours at Lansdowne Park this weekend after retaining their unbeaten records in the Marlborough premier club rugby competition with bonus-point victories on Saturday afternoon.
At Awarua Park in Spring Creek, competition leaders Central picked up maximum points for the fourth time in as many matches as they dispatched third-placed Moutere 38-14. The victory came on the back of a 28-0 first half when they capitalised on a strong breeze and ill-discipline from the Magpies to score four converted tries.
As expected, Waitohi proved too strong for Awatere in Picton, securing a 36-3 win. Waitohi had an 19-point advantage at the break and although the Tussock Jumpers put in a much improved all-round effort, the home team eventually secured their bonus point when loosie Vernon Fredericks dotted down twice in the final five minutes.
Elsewhere, BNZ Partners Harlequins got their first victory of the season when they

Wanderers win Moller Cup, Kahurangi win for first time [Nelson Mail]

Wanderers 21 Waimea OB 18,
Kahurangi 24 Nelson 3

Flexman: Tasman Union has good 2012 [Nelson Mail]

<p>Despite announcing a net deficit, the Tasman Rugby Union presented a stronger than expected financial result and a generally positive outlook at its annual general meeting in Blenheim last night.</p>
<p>The financial report displayed a net deficit for 2012 of $35,455 and although that was down on a net surplus of $55,855 in 2011, the board had budgeted for a deficit. Tasman chief executive Andrew Flexman called it a "better than budgeted result", possibly as a result of a measured financial approach and an ability to generate a good level of commercial income.</p>