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UC Championship Wrap - June 28

By Peter Jones [Marlborough Weekly / Marlborough App]

The Marlborough Boys’ College First XV may have gone 0-2 in their first two games of the University of Canterbury championship, however there is cause for optimism. 

On Saturday they lost 10-3 to St Andrew’s College in Christchurch, following a first-up loss to St Thomas of Canterbury, but showed plenty of promise, especially in defence. 

With a hefty breeze at their backs MBC dominated the first half, both in possession and field position, and were unlucky to be held up over the line on several occasions. 

At the halftime break they led 3-0 through a Kyren Taumoefolau penalty, ultimately not enough of an advantage against a highly-motivated home side who bagged two tries in the second 35. 

MBC coach Matt MacDougall was pleased with the fact STAC were forced to score their tries from wide cross kicks after being unable to crack the defence in close. “Defensively we are a better unit than last year,” he said. “As a team we are there or thereabouts. [Our attack] will click, given time.” 

He was happier with the performance of inside backs Taumoefolau and Jake Pacey this week, while up front MBC got another big shift from William MacKenzie, Monu Moli and Te Ariki Peipi. He was also pleased to be able to give debuts to prop Kyle Cooke and replacement winger Charles Tupoutoa. 

In other local matches Nelson College and Waimea Combined enjoyed big wins over Roncalli Aoraki Combined and Mid Canterbury Combined respectively.

Other results: Nelson College 60 Roncalli 0; Waimea Combined 41 Mid Canterbury 5; Christchurch BHS 17 Timaru 12; Shirley 38 Lincoln 0 Christ’s College 22 St Thomas 3; St Bede’s 12 Rangiora 7.? 

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