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UC Championship Round 12 Wrap

Nelson College back on track

BY JONTY DINE [Nelson App]

The Nelson College 1st XV has bounced back from losing the Moascar Cup last week with an emphatic 38-0 win over Lincoln Combined today.

The hosts ran in six tries and defended their line bravely, at one stage with just 14 men, to keep Lincoln scoreless.

Nelson coach Warren Johnston says he was proud of the way his troops stood up in the wake of last week’s loss to Christchurch Boys. "If we want to be top four contenders, we had to front up today.”

Warren was rapt to keep his opponents scoreless in what he hoped would be the sides final home game for the season. "If we keep winning we will finish fourth in the UC Championship, so fingers crossed.”

If Nelson finish fifth or sixth, they will return home for a second-tier semifinal.

The hosts opened the scoring through two quick tries to Daniel Rogers and Vaea Tutuila as the Nelson backs were cutting Lincoln apart, Levi Carew and Thomas Zhorab looking lethal with ball in hand.

They then spent more than five minutes camped on their line and conceded several penalties, half back David Zhorab eventually sent to the bin just before half time as Lincoln continued to hammer away.

However, Nelson hung on to go to the break 12-0 ahead.

Nelson came out firing in the second, tries to Joey Scott, Anton Segner and Daniel Rogers putting the result to bed.

Replacement prop Conor Rhind burst through the line to sprint 30 metres and score under the bar to end the match in spectacular fashion.

Warren says he was pleased with the continuity Nelson showed in their polished performance. "We kept the ball alive, built on our phases and the players are starting to get to grips with the patters so that’s great.”

However, Warren admits discipline is still an issue for his team. "It’s a big issue, offsides, high tackles and rubbish like that, it's going to hit us on the head later on.”

Warren says he had no trouble motivating his men after their Moascar Cup reign came to an end last Saturday.

"We sat down on Tuesday evening and said just be proud of what’s happened with the Moascar Cup, two and a half years holding it has been a massive honour.”

Nelson will next meet third placed Christs College in Christchurch on Wednesday. 

Nelson College 38 (Daniel Rogers 2, Vaea Tutuila, Joey Scott, Anton Segner, Conor Rhind tries, Levi Carew 4 cons) v Lincoln Combined 0.

MBC score vital win

By PETER JONES [Marlborough App]

The Marlborough Boys’ College First XV earned themselves a shot at place in the second tier of the University of Canterbury championship play-offs with a 34-22 win over Roncalli Combined today.

The Falcons began the match, played on the college front field in Blenheim, as if they had a train to catch.

They had scored four tries by the 23 minute mark, two converted by first five Keelan Murrell, to establish a 24-0 lead.

However, a touchdown to Roncalli winger Angus Cook on the stroke of halftime pointed to a revival by the visitors, a trend they reinforced soon after the break with their second, again scored by Cook.

A third try to fullback Dylan McManaway eased MBC’s nerves, but livewire loosie Jack Pratt replied for Roncalli soon after as they reduced the margin to 29-17.

A 72nd minute touchdown to lock Daniel Jones sealed the deal for MBC but Roncalli weren’t done, striking back immediately through No 8 Siale Siale to grab a four-try bonus point.

MBC got the points they desired out of the game, but it was by no means a vintage effort, the home side seeming to put the cue in the rack after their early onslaught.

Next week they take on St Thomas, also at MBC, with a bonus point win enough to clinch them a spot in the 4-8th place play-offs.

MBC 34 (Dylan McManaway 3, Lotu Solomona, Tino Vakaloa, Daniel Jones tries, Keelan Murrell 2 con) Roncalli-Aoraki Combined 22 (Angus Cook 2, Jack Pratt, Siale Siale tries, Ben Thomson con). HT 24-7.

WCS finish final home match with loss

By SAMUEL JOHNSON [WCS]

Waimea Combined Schools lost 25 - 12 when they hosted Timaru Boy’s High School in their last home game of the season on Saturday.

Waimea’s defence was relentless throughout the game through big tackles coming from Danny Barham and Seth Brown, playing in his 25th game. However when it came to having the ball to throw around and attack with, they let themselves down with poor decision making and basic handling errors. It wasn’t until after half time when a strike move from Waimea Combined put Garin College winger Duncan Drysdale under the posts. Jake Jenner converted.

Waimea looked like scoring whenever they had the ball but last passes let themselves down. But with 10 minutes to go and trailing by 18 - 7, Duncan Drysdale crossed over again in the corner to make the score line 18 - 12.

Timaru were quick to hit back, showing their size in the backs when their winger went under the posts to put the game out of reach for Waimea.

Off the restart, hooker and captain Jake Goeddert plucked the ball out of the air and took off towards the Timaru line, carving off 20 meters through the Timaru Boy’s toward pack. Jake was then tackled awkwardly and the game was stopped. After heading off to the hospital after the game, Jake has had a bad twist in his knee and is more than likely out for the remainder of Waimea’s season.

Waimea ended up losing the game 25 - 12, They travel to Shirley Boy’s High School next Saturday in the last game of the regular season.