There is nothing better on a Saturday morning than heading to the local 1st XV match in either Blenheim or Nelson, having a quick bite of lunch then followed by watching some senior rugby in the afternoon.
Last Saturday was Utopia. I watched a very young, defending champion Nelson College 1st XV play their first match of the season, while dialling in for updates on Marlborough Boys and Waimea Combined.
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It was an absolute pleasure to witness the style of rugby played by Nelson College. The coaches should be very pleased with the team's performance and the skill of their young charges.
What really impressed me, and for a very young squad of players to do, was for the team to continue to play a highly skilled passing game of rugby after a difficult start. Many teams would have reverted to a more conservative style but not these young men. Whether they be a tight five, outside back or any other position, they all played a highly expansive passing game with incredible skill. The quality of the catch pass and putting the outside man into a hole was brilliant.
This rugby watcher applauds the players and coaches that encourage their team not to take contact for contact sake but let the skill of the player and the ball do the work. There is nothing better in my book than watching rugby when young men with skill put the ball through the hands, put a player into a hole and the outside back attacks with speed. It was a joy to watch these young men playing a game of rugby with patience, skill and speed.
Turn the clock forward to Sunday afternoon and three past Nelson College 1st XV players combined to put David Havili into a hole to score a try of high calibre, set up by Ethan Blackadder and created by brilliant vision and pass by Mitchell Drummond.
Senior Club Rugby commenced with the Wadsco Marlborough Division 1 competition. Congratulations to Renwick and Waitohi for their victories and the later club on lifting the prestigious John Goodman Challenge Trophy.
The games this Saturday are:
1. Wadsco Motorworld Marlborough Division 1 – 3pm
a. Waitohi v Central @ Endeavour Park
i. John Goodman Challenge Trophy match
b. Renwick v Central @ Renwick Domain
2. Car Company Nelson Bays Division 1 – 3pm
a. Stoke v Wanderers @ Greenmeadows
b. Marist v Waimea Old Boys @ Trafalgar Park
c. Kahurangi v Nelson @ Sports Park Motueka
3. Golden Bay Fruit Senior Women’s Rugby- 3pm
a. Moutere v Central @ Awarua Park, Spring Creek
b. Riwaka v Wanderers @ Cooks Reserve, Riwaka
4. UC Championship 1st XV games
a. Nelson College v Roncalli Aoraki Combined @ Nelson College 11am
b. Marlborough Boys College v St Andrews College away
c. Waimea Combined v Mid Canterbury Combined away