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UC Championship Wrap round 6

MBC do it tough in the 2nd half against Rangiora

[By Peter Jones - Marlborough Weekly / Marlborough App]

An inability to finish games strongly continues to cost the Marlborough Boys’ College First XV in the University of Canterbury championship.

On Saturday they suffered their second successive loss in a week when they went down 27-14 to Rangiora High School in Rangiora. The previous Monday they lost 43-17 to Nelson College on the MBC front field.

In Rangiora, MBC started strongly, as they have in most of their matches. They went to the break 14-7 ahead, but that was the extent of the good news. As soon as the home side got their noses in front, MBC were unable to respond.

“The wheels fell off when Rangiora got ahead of us,” said disappointed MBC coach Matt MacDougall.

“It has been the story of our year. As soon as teams get ahead of us we start to lose belief, our structure goes out of the window and they find it very hard to claw their way back.”

Jake Pacey and Ryan McLeod scored MBC’s two tries, Kyren Taemoefolau converting both. Outstanding with ball in hand for MBC was No 8 Viliami Napa’a who made 17 carries, while fullback Cameron Collins made a strong fist of the fullback’s role.

Jack Fisher-McKinney also shone in his first start, along with young loosie Arlyn Bull, who made his debut.

Their fifth loss of the season relegates MBC to 11th on the UC table. Next up is a home game against Christchurch Boys’ High School next Saturday.

Nelson College leave it late to secure win against Waimea Combined Schools 

Nelson College had to dig deep on their front field late in the second half to finally put a tenacious Waimea Combined Schools team away 24-19 in a terrific derby match.

College started with a hiss and a roar to try and tire Waimea Combined out early but the visitors stayed in the match with enterprising rugby of their own and with 5 minutes remaining were well in contention. One final forwards effort close to the line secured a Nelson College win.

Nelson College consolidated second spot on the UC Championship table with 5 wins from 6 played. They play sixth placed Christchurch Boys High School in Nelson on Saturday.

Waimea Combined are in 8th place with 3 wins. They host Rangiora High School.

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