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UC Championship Wrap round 13

Big game for Monu Moli celebrated in style

 

By Peter Jones [Marlborough Weekly / Marlborough App]

 

The Marlborough Boys’ College First XV celebrated their skipper’s milestone match in style on Saturday, disposing of Mid Canterbury Combined 60-12 on the college front field.

 

Prop Monu Moli played his 50th game for the MBC Falcons, turning in another inspirational performance, and was afterwards presented with a special commemorative cap by his brother, former MBC skipper and All Blacks prop Atu Moli.

 

MBC head coach Matt MacDougall said, “the game couldn’t have gone any better, Monu played the full 70 minutes and was outstanding”.

 

Monu’s team mates also came to the party, running in 10 tries and scoring regularly throughout.

 

Two youngsters caught the coach’s eye. Year 10 student Hugh Robinson made his first start at first five and made a good impression, showing “natural calmness and good distribution skills”.

 

Also impressing was fullback Cooper Roberts, another under-15 player. “He was a constant menace coming into the line and created several scoring opportunities with his offloading skills.”

 

Flanker William MacKenzie has had a fine season and turned in another blinder yesterday, creating turnovers and making tackle after tackle.

 

The team’s victory in the final round robin match was not enough to earn them a home semi final in next week’s Bowl play-offs. Instead they must travel to Nelson for a repeat tussle with Waimea Combined, a team they lost to 34-21 earlier in the season, a “heartbreaking” defeat that still rankles with coach MacDougall.

 

“Despite the fact we are away from home I’m rapt to get another chance to put the record straight against Waimea,” he said.

 

The other bowl semifinal sees Timaru BHS host Roncalli.

 

Although they have ended up in the third echelon of teams after round robin play, MBC have been on the wrong end of some narrow scorelines and have generally been highly-competitive against allcomers, with MacDougall suggesting “it’s good to know we can foot it with the top four sides”.

 

Marlborough Boys’ College 60 (Nase Taufa, Viliami Napa’a, Cameron Collins, Jake Pacey, Cooper Roberts, Dom Freeth, Kyren Taumoefolau, Te Ariki Peipi, Tom Hobson 2 tries, Hugh Robinson 3 con, Kyren Taumoefolau 2 con) def Mid Canterbury Combined 12. HT: 26-7. 

Nelson College stun St Andrews to end season on a high note

By Jonty Dine [Nelson Weekly / Nelson App]

Nelson College will not defend the UC Championship but finished its campaign in style with a stunning upset over the table topping St Andrews on Saturday.

 Nelson saved its best performance until the end, running in six tries to take maximum points from its final outing.

Skipper Charlie Perkins says it was the perfect way to end the tournament as they now look towards Quad which it hosts in two weeks’ time. 

"It feels incredible, super proud of all the boys, it was just an outstanding effort."

After dropping five games, to slip out of top four contention, Charlie says the win shows they are capable to match it with the top sides.

"Such a good way to salute off our year 13's and after a bit of a disappointing season it feels really good to knock the leaders off."

It had been a long week for the side playing three games and narrowly going down to Timaru Boys.

"It was a quick turnaround and tough loss on Tuesday but we thought we could get a bit of redemption today."

Almost everything came off for the young Nelson side in a superb 70-minute display.

Hooker Dylan Irvine was immense and scored Nelson's first inside ten minutes.

St Andrews replied through Torian Barnes but Irvine made another strong bust up the middle before Grant threw a beautiful skip pass to Jayden Waharoa to send the winger away for his side's second.

Nelson then made it three on the back of a copybook rolling maul as Irvine went in again.

The hosts were dominating the competition favorites across the park, Cooper Grant and Nic Sauria putting in classy displays at 10 and 15.

A Keetan Fry charge down set Nelson right back on attack as Hunter Leppien went over for a fourth as Nelson surged to a 26-7 lead.

St Andrews managed to pull one back just before the break but the half well and truly belonged to Nelson.

However, St Andrews came back strongly in the second.

Captain Jamie Carr struck first for the visitors after oranges before Jack Forrest brought St Andrews within two.

Nelson refused to relent though and number eight Netani Baleisomosomo stretched the margin back to nine as the Fijian was too strong off the back of the scrum.

As the clock ticked away on St Andrews, replacement Hunter Griffith ran in Nelson's sixth try to seal the stunning 38-24 victory.

Scorers:

Nelson 38 (Irvine 2, Waharoa, Leppien, Baleisomosomo, Griffith, tries, Grant 4 cons) def  St Andrews 24 (Mongomery Barnes, Carr, Forrest, tries, Harding 1 con, Ravula 1 cons) 

Waimea Combined Schools 27 def St Thomas 24 

 

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