Nelson bounce back with big win over Lincoln Combined
By Jonty Dine [Nelson Weekly / Nelson App]
Following three losses and a draw, Nelson College picked up a much-needed victory in the UC Championship on Saturday.
Nelson College were far too strong for bottom placed Lincoln Combined, taking maximum points. However, the defending champions still sit in eighth spot on the table.
Again, without inspirational skipper Daniel Dixon, Nelson ran in eight tries showing some scintillating attacking flair in the 48-5 rout, however ill-discipline continues to let the side down.
With Lincoln lacking sufficient numbers in the front row, the game was played with golden oldies scrums throughout.
The hosts came out of the gates strongly, striking first with a customary try to Fijian flanker Netani Baleisomosomo.
Nelson went in for a second shortly after on the back of a beautiful jinking run from skipper Charlie Perkins, who linked with winger Adam Schwass as the hosts raced out to a 10-0 lead after ten minutes.
The carnage continued as Perkins made a storming run into the 22 after taking the kickoff, Tuterangi Stone-Williams finishing off the movement.
After a blistering start, Lincoln enjoyed an extended period on attack, while Nelson found themselves on the wrong end of a high penalty count, hooker Dylan Irvine eventually sent to the sin bin.
The visitors finally cashed in on its wealth of possession, fullback slicing through to put his side on the board just before halftime.
Replacement Ethan Burt kept the points flowing for Nelson with a bonus point try right after the break.
Starting the second in the same fashion as the first, Luc Waterman-Thomas made it two quick tries and a 29-7 lead.
Nic Sauria then went in for a well-deserved try, the fullback cutting the Lincoln defence to shreds as he had done all game.
Captain Perkins also capped off his strong performance with back to back tries as Nelson began to run riot late in the piece.
Nelson College 48 (Perkins 2, Baleisomosomo, Schwass, Stone-Willimas, Burt, Waterman-Thomas, Sauria, tries, Grant 1 cons, Burt 3 cons) def Lincoln Combined 5
Marlborough Boys get job done against Roncalli
by Peter Jones [Marlborough Weekly / Marlborough App]
The Marlborough Boys’ College First XV got the job done against Roncalli Combined on the college front field on Saturday, but would not be entirely proud of their workmanship.
The South Canterbury-based crew put on a gutsy display, making the home side battle gamely for a 26-5 bonus point victory, although MBC made hard work of it, especially in the first spell.
With several changes to their regular top line-up, the Falcons struggled for continuity and rhythm on attack during the early stages, with the visitors scoring first after 20 minutes.
Five minutes later, MBC No 8 Viliama Napa’a, one of the outstanding figures in the game, burst over from close range, Kyren Taumoefolau converting to give the home side a lead they never relinquished.
A second try to Napa’a, this time a spectacular solo effort from 40m out, widened the home side’s advantage after eight minutes of the second spell, then replacement winger Cooper Roberts, another standout, sliced through to score from a back move.
The introduction of skipper Monu Moli late in the piece lifted the home side and it was the big prop himself who scored MBC’s bonus point try, proving unstoppable from 5m out.
MBC’s loose forward trio of Napa’a, Toby McLeod and William MacKenzie were outstanding, the latter claiming a string of turnovers when the home side were under the pump. Midfielder Jake Pacey and replacement first five Hugh Robinson were others to impress.
Next week MBC play their final round robin game, also at home, against Mid Canterbury Combined.
MBC lie in 11th position on the ladder, aiming for a win next week to push them up to ninth or 10th and a home fixture in the ensuing play-offs.
Scores: MBC 26 (Viliami Napa’a 2, Cooper Roberts, Monu Moli tries, Kyren Taumoefolau 3 con) de Roncalli Combined 5 (Angus Jensen try). HT 7-5.
Other scores: Timaru Boys HS 31 Waimea Combined 11; St Thomas 31 Shirley 27; St Bede’s 62 Mid Canterbury 19; Christchurch BHS 20 Rangiora 15; St Andrew’s 33 Christ’s College 31.