Nelson College overcome Marlborough rivals

MBC flanker Manase Taufa bursts down the sideline during Monday’s First XV clash on the MBC front field. In support is winger Charles Tupoutoa. Photo: Peter Jones.

Nelson College came away with the spoils when they met traditional rivals Marlborough Boys’ College in a University of Canterbury championship clash in Blenheim on Monday.

In a match that was closer than the final score suggests, Nelson prevailed 43-17, a couple of late tries inflating the final margin.

Nelson led 17-7 at halftime but MBC replied straight after oranges with a slick solo try to Kyren Taumoefolau which narrowed the gap to five points.

However, a lack of regular field position and quality set piece ball meant the home side were unable to take control of the match. They also suffered from a spate of handling errors, especially in the first half, which slowed their momentum.

In contrast, the visitors, expertly guided around the park by the talented inside back combination of halfback Justin Yokoyama and first five Cooper Grant ensured Nelson made the most of the chances that came their way and kept the home crowd out of the game.

They came up against some dogged MBC defence, led by loose forwards Manase Taufa and Toby McLeod, but were ultimately too good for the home side, who battled gamely until the final whistle.

Scores: Nelson College 43 (Dylan Irvine, Nic Sauira 2, Jacob Neha-Manihera, Netani Baleisomosomo, Daniel Dixon tries, Cooper Grant pen, 4 con, Ethan Burt con) Marlborough Boys’ College 17 (Viliami Napa’a, Ryan McLeod, Kyren Taumoefolau tries, Taumoefolau con). HT: 17-7 Nelson College

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