Weekend sport roundup: May 17

Harlequins came out on top in a Bayleys Tasman Trophy premier rugby thriller at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park today. They prevailed 25-23 after trailing 10-13 at halftime. The Quins led  25-18 with just three minutes to play and, although Moutere scored a long-distance try, they couldn't convert to force a draw.

In Picton, the home side also came from behind at the break to force a win. Central enjoyed a fruitful first half, leading 18-12 after 40 minutes, before Waitohi, driven home by their impressive forward pack, racked up 24 unanswered points to maintain their unbeaten record, winning 36-18.

The third match to be played in Marlborough was between Awatere and competition leaders, Wanderers, in Seddon. The home side battled hard but Wanderers ran away with the match 73-12 through a dominant display from both backs and forwards.

In other Tasman Trophy matches played today, Renwick narrowly avoided conceding a ton against a rampant Marist outfit, going down 16-95, Waimea Old Boys beat Nelson 23-17 and Kahurangi tipped over Stoke 29-12.

In senior A grade, Moutere maintained their lead by toppling Renwick 34-15, Kaikoura thrashed Pelorus 77-0, Harlequins downed Central 54-33 and Waitohi had their first win of the competition, beating Awatere 50-15.

The Marlborough Boys' College First XV had the weekend off as they will meet Shirley BHS in Christchurch on Tuesday.


The Marlborough Development side emphatically put a recent run of defeats behind them with a commanding 10-1 win over Wakefield at Blenheim's A and  P Park this afternoon.


In the premier netball match played today at Horton Park, the unbeaten Smog Bayleys side scored a hefty 77-24 win over Pelorus Speight's Ale House. The remainder of the round will be completed at Marlborough Lines Stadium on Tuesday.

For comprehensive reports on the weekend's sport see Monday's Express.