The Marlborough Boys’ College First XV rugby team were handed a few hard lessons on Saturday, losing their University of Canterbury championship match against St Andrew’s College 30-24 on the MBC front field.
In the first half the home side leaked four relatively soft first half tries, all through the outside backs, and despite three penalties by Keelan Murrell and a blockbusting try to MBC’s man of the match, prop Monu Moli, they trailed 24-14 at the break.
An early try to Murrell, who also booted his fourth penalty, closed the gap in the second spell, but two penalties to impressive St Andrew’s fullback Ben Innes ensured the visitors went home with four well-earned points.
MBC picked up a bonus point for their efforts, but were left to rue ill-discipline, which left them on the wrong side of a lop-sided penalty count, plus some pretty ineffectual defense, especially in the first 35.
MBC head coach Matt MacDougall labelled his side “slow learners”. “In the last three weeks our penalty count has been around 25 … our poor discipline is letting our opponents piggy back into our end of the field and they just pile on the points. Today we played catch-up rugby most of the game.
“It’s not the style of rugby we want to be playing … always chasing the game, if we sorted our discipline out we could play the game at our pace.”
MBC’s next match is an interschool and UC championship fixture on Tuesday, May 21, against Shirley BHS in Blenheim.
St Andrew’s 30 (Harry Waghorn 2, Dominic Clarke, Ben Innes tries, Innes 2 con, 2 pen) MBC (Monu Moli, Keelan Murrell tries, Murrell 4 pen, con). HT 24-14 STAC
Nelson College 43 Roncalli Combined 3
Lincoln Combined 38 Shirley BHS 3
Waimea Combined 17 Mid Canterbury Combined 15
St Bede’s College 33 Rangiora HS 14
Christ’s College 29 St Thomas 16
Standings: St Bede’s 10, St Andrew’s 10, Christ’s 9, Nelson 7, MBC 6, Christchurch BHS 5, Lincoln 5, St Thomas 5, Rangiora 4, Waimea 4, Mid Canterbury 1, Timaru 0, Shirley 0, Roncalli 0.