Marlborough back on winning track

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 12:58 09/07/2014

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Marlborough bounced back from their loss to Nelson on Monday to trounce West Coast 32-0 in the Seddon Shield Districts Primary Schools under 52kg tournament yesterday afternoon at Lansdowne Park, Blenheim.

Team manager Alistair Sutherland said the team gelled far better than in its opening game, with the forwards laying down a solid platform for the backs which saw the team score six tries. Five missed conversions meant the score could have been even higher.

Blindside flanker Harrison McKenzie and second-five Tom Sloane gave excellent performances and both scored tries for the Marlborough side. It was also a memorable game for the two wings, Eric Lawson and Tom Hobson, who both scored their first rep tries.

The team came out strong in the first half stamping its authority with a 22-0 scoreline at the halftime whistle. It only managed a further 10 points in the second half, but crucially defended well to hold West Coast off and keep them scoreless.

"They played a lot better than the first game [against Nelson] which they lost 36-15. They really just played for the enjoyment of what it is and were enjoying playing on the No 1 field," Sutherland said.

The team has a bye today but will have to come out hard when it faces a tough Buller team tomorrow at 2.30pm.

In the other game yesterday, Nelson continued their winning ways with a solid 27-10 victory against Golden Bay Motueka.

Marlborough 32 (E Lawson, H Jones, T Hobson, L van Tuel, H McKenzie, T Sloan tries; T Sutherland con) West Coast 0 (Marlborough POD: Harrison McKenzie).

Nelson 27 (S Gale, R Joass, D Smith, J Stirling-Rowling 2 tries; N Barton con), Golden Bay Motueka 10 (E McBride, K Hill tries).

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- The Marlborough Express

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