UC Championship Round 2 Wrap
SAM JOHNSON reports
Waimea Combined Schools 18 (Ryan Churchill 3 tries; Jack Hahn pen) v Mid Canterbury Combined 15.
Waimea Combined Schools got their first win of the season in round two of the UC Championship when they made the long trip down to Ashburton to play Mid Canterbury Combined. Kitted out in a fresh playing strip, Waimea showed early dominance all around the park keeping Mid Canterbury inside their own half, but handling errors from the Waimea boys gave Mid Canterbury multiple get out of jail free cards.
Jan Lammers was brilliant in his return to the starting lineup after a pre season ankle injury, breaking the line at will. After building a few phases, and shifting the ball wide, Waimea had their first try through the pace of Ryan Churchill. One more try to Churchill and a penalty goal to five eighth Jack Hahn, had the baabaa’s go into into the break 13 0.
Early pressure in the second half saw Mid Canterbury draw first blood, with the try converted. Another quick penalty goal to mid Canterbury had Waimea under the pump until a loose ball was gathered by replacement Jake Jenner which later turned into points by another breakaway try from Churchill to finish off his hat trick. The conversion went astray and Waimea led 18 10.
With 10 minutes to go, mid Canterbury replied with another try, but Waimea held on for the final minutes to close out the game.
Captain Jake Goeddert was once again a standout, leading from the front. Seth Brown and Braydon Harvie also had strong performances with ball in hand.
Waimea return home this weekend when they host St Andrews. 12 pm at Waimea College.
BY JONTY DINE[Nelson App]
Nelson College 83 (Anton Segner 3, Taya Brown 2, Conor Rhind 2, Jack McDonald Hill, Connor Johnson, Nikora Kanara, Jordan Newsome, Daniel Rogers, Luca Inch tries, Nico Barton, 9 cons) v Aoraki Combined 7.
Nelson College scored an emphatic 83-7 victory over Aorokai Combined (Roncalli College) today but the win may have come at a cost.Moments after scoring his second consecutive hat-trick, inspirational skipper Anton Segner was carried from the field with what looked to be a serious back injury.
His side ran in 13 tries in the round two UC Championship romp.
Anton opened the scoring for the hosts as College out-muscled their bigger opponents from the outset, racing to a 12 point lead.
Roncalli then responded through their powerful number eight to bring them within five before the floodgates opened.
It would be the last points for the visitors as a storming bust by lock Taya Brown extended their lead to 19-7.
Winger Connor Johnson once again showed his electric acceleration as he skinned his opposite to score in the corner.
On the other side of the field Daniel Rogers dived over to stretch the lead to 31-7 at half time
A big break by Vaea Tutuila off the restart set the tone for a dominant second half.Nelson began to string together a number of offloads, Jack McDonald Hill opening their account in the second after finishing a brilliant team move.
Anton then scored his second and third tries, brushing off half a dozen feeble tackle attempts to notch his hat-trick and the half-century for Nelson.
However, from the restart, Anton was taken out in the air, landing heavily and staying down.
The resulting yellow card further compounded Roncalli's woes as they began to fall off their first up tackles.
As Nelson cleared the bench, the points continued to flow, Taya Brown scoring his double soon after.
Nelson College Number 8 Anton Segner over for his hat-trick. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.
Another scything run by winger Joey Scott set up replacement Connor Rhind for the first of his two tries.
Man of the match Luca Inch then found himself in space 25 meters from the line and out-sprinted the defence to score his sides thirteenth
Nico Barton landed his ninth conversion to bring the tally to 83.
Coach Warren Johnson says a focus this week had been to remain grounded after a big win over St Andrews in round one. "The boys were pretty pumped after that, so I just tried to get them to stay focused on the job.”He says he was most pleased with the way his team kept the ball alive and strung phases together.
Anton says he is proud of the way the younger players performed."It took us a while to get into the game, but the boys really stepped up towards the end, also great to see the tight five showing some good ball skills.”He says his ‘unfortunate’ landing was just ‘one of those things.’"My lower back is a bit sore, but I should be good.”
BY PETER JONES [Marlborough App]
Marlborough Boys College 30 (Josh Chapman 2, Ethan Jones, Liam Duncan tries, Keelan Murrell 2 con, 2 pen) v St Andrew's College 17. HT 15-7 MBC.
The NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV continued their promising start to the University of Canterbury championship season with a handy 30-17 bonus point win over St Andrew’s College in Christchurch today. Flanker Josh Chapman, who bagged two tries, and first five Liam Duncan were among the top players for the visitors.