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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>

WOB set the pace as Stoke sneak in [Nelson Mail]

WOB 36 Nelson 14<br />
Stoke 13 Kahurangi 11

Central lead table after easy victory [Marlborough Express]

<p><strong>Central 65</strong> (Sam Aolele 4, Daniel van Waas 2, Kaleni Taetuli 2, Jeremy Foley, Rawiri Tamati, Onolevu Temo tries, Rawiri Tamati 5 con) v&nbsp;<strong>Awatere 8</strong> (Nick Pope try, David Pope pen). Halftime: 29-3. </p>
<p><strong>Waitohi 10</strong> (Manu Mataele try, Daniel Hawkins con, pen) v <strong>Harlequins 7</strong> (Mike Samante try, Matt Duggan con). Halftime: 10-7. </p>
<p><strong>Moutere 30</strong> (Junior Filipo, Andrew Purua, Chris Ransted, Regan Marshall, Francis Smith, Baxter Wilson tries) v <strong>Renwick 25</strong> (Stu Nairn 2, Rowan Ingpen tries, Kurt Schollum 2 conv, 2 pen). Halftime: 15-18.&nbsp;</p>

Talented young pivot targets Makos recall [Marlborough Express]

Daniel Hawkins is a man on a mission, a two-fold rugby mission for club and province. Still just 21 years old, the highly skilled first-five has made a brilliant start to the Marlborough club rugby season, playing major roles in Waitohi's two convincing wins as they chase a rare threepeat of premierships. He has had a taste of NPC rugby, having made his debut for the Tasman Makos in 2010, but last season failed to make the cut and is determined to make it back into the side for 2013.

Waitohi, Awatere & Central 2nd round victors [Marlborough Express]

Waitohi 43 - Moutere 10<br />
Awatere 26 - Harlequins 20<br />
Central 31 - Renwick 10

Wanderers & WOB undefeated [Nelson Mail]

Wanderers 26 - Stoke 13<br />
Waimea OB 16 - Kahurangi 3

Chelsea Gurr to referee at World Cup Sevens tourney

Nelson-raised Chelsea Gurr has been invited to referee at the Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament to be held in Moscow in June.