Improved MBC too strong for Burnside High
Marlborough Boys' College bagged their second successive win in the Crusaders Region Press Cup secondary schools rugby competition, beating Burnside High School 68-13 in Blenheim on Saturday.
Bouncing back from a scratchy first-up win last week against Shirley Boys' High School and the loss of their captain Kurt Schollum to injury, MBC put in a much improved performance.
Leading the charge was standout flanker Braden Stewart, who charged into everything, tackled strongly and forced several possession turnovers in an eye-catching performance.
Midfielder Adam Smith was another standout, solid in defence and a real handful hitting the line hard.
Fullback Jack Keown played well, initiating attacks and at first-five Jarome Leonard chose his options well. Smith scored a fine try and Keown bagged two.
Wing Michael Dillon finished well with a brace of tries and kicked four conversions.
Despite the final scoreline, assistant coach Martyn Vercoe said the final scoreline flattered his team. Most of their tries were from mistakes created mainly through strong defensive pressure. The Burnside forwards were competitive but their backs not nearly as flash.
Vercoe was pleased with the improvement.
"At times we stuck to our pattern and played with good composure. [We were ] still a bit passive in the forwards under pressure. The backs were a lot hungrier and we attacked their weaknesses out wide. "
He also singled out centre Junior Filipo for an improved performance and said the team was looking forward to their next clash against Christ's College on the MBC front field at 12 noon Saturday.
Scorers: MBC 68 (Michael Dillon 2, Jack Keown 2, Junior Filipo, Zac Harrison-Jones, Adam Smith, Jarome Leonard, Sione Lopeti, Bevan Moody tries, Dillon 4 con, Filipo 2 con, 2 pen) Burnside HS 13.
- The Marlborough Express
Who will win the Press Cup on Saturday, 2.30pm, Lansdowne Park, Blenheim?