Rugby focus on Marlborough grounds

By Peter Jones

The focus of the E’stel Tasman Trophy club rugby competition sits firmly on Marlborough this weekend.

All five third round matches will be contested on this side of the Whangamoas, offering a unique chance for Marlborough sub union sides to bounce back after conceding all five cross-over encounters in week one.

Waitohi and Central, who scored wins during the sub-union games last weekend face tough assignments, taking on Waimea Old Boys and Wanderers respectively, both Nelson-based sides having won their first two matches.

The Tohis, who play at Endeavour Park, turned on a superb first half performance against Renwick last Saturday, but will need to maintain that intensity if they are to live with a well-balanced Waimea outfit.

The Blues, who play at Lansdowne Park, lifted their game against Moutere on Saturday, but will also have their hands full against Wanderers. The lads from Brightwater are on the comeback trail this year and sprung an upset win over the highly-rated Nelson side last weekend.

The other Marlborough teams are winless so far, however will be hoping to change that tomorrow.

East Coast welcome Nelson to their home base at Car Horn Valley, also known as the Seddon Domain, Moutere meet Kahurangi at Awarua Park and Renwick tackle Stoke, who had the bye last weekend, at Renwick Domain. Games begin at 3pm.

Standings after two rounds: Marist 10, Waimea Old Boys 9, Wanderers 8, Nelson 5, Waitohi 5, Central 5, Kahurangi 5, * Stoke 1, Renwick 1, * East Coast 0, Moutere 0. * played just one game.

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