MBC, St Bede’s fight out draw

MBC halfback Ryan McLeod spins the ball wide against St Bede’s on Saturday. Photo: Peter Jones.

Marlborough Boys’ College First XV were left rueing a missed chance to claim another big city scalp when they fought out a thrilling 27-27 draw with St Bede’s on Saturday.

MBC led 21-10 at halftime on the MBC front field, taking advantage of a steady wind at their backs to establish a decent advantage.

However, the local side have struggled all season to maintain their effort through 70 minutes and St Bede’s roared back, scoring three second half tries to level the scores. The visitors, who scored five tries to the home side’s three, bagged their last touchdown with a couple of minutes to go, but were unable to convert, leaving both sides frustrated at the final whistle.

As they have so often done in 2020, MBC began strongly. Using the elements wisely they registered first half tries to forwards Viliami Napa’a, skipper Monu Moli and Max Morris. However, in among the good work, their defence was breached twice within five minutes, St Bede’s scoring two tries that were to prove crucial in the final countdown.

In the second spell MBC began well, a Kyren Taumoefolau penalty giving them a 14 point advantage after 10 minutes.

The visitors replied with two quick tries midway through the half, one converted, before Taumoefolau stretched MBC’s lead to five with his second penalty.

Then came the final score, MBC unable to hold out repeated St Bede’s attacks.

Moli, Morris, Te Ariki Peipi, Napa’a, Manase Taufa, William McKenzie, and replacement Toby McLeod were at the core of the home side’s forward effort. Halfback Ryan McLeod was brave in defence and kicked well while Nikau Peipi and Cooper Roberts looked lively on the wings.

MBC retain 11th place on the UC championship table, while St Bede’s lie sixth.

Marlborough Boys’ College First XV 27 (Viliami Napa’a, Monu Moli, Max Morris tries, Kyren Taumoefolau 3 con, 2 pen) Bede’s College 27 (Angus Grant, George Methven, Ben O’Donovan 2, Andre Sula tries, Mason Allison con). HT: 21-10 MBC

Other results: Waimea 27 Roncalli 26; CBHS 87 Mid Canterbury 5; Shirley 32 Timaru 27; Rangiora 25 Nelson 7; Christ’s 80 Lincoln 3; St Thomas 23 St Andrew’s 14.

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