Marlborough's under-11, under-12 and under-14 representative rugby teams won their respective Seddon Shield trophies at a wet and windy Motueka on Saturday.
The under-11 side's first game was against Nelson Town and a superb team effort resulted in an comprehensive 39-12 win.
Their second game of the day, against Nelson Country, was a lot closer but outstanding defence saw Marlborough come back in the final period of the game to win 10-7 and clinch the shield.
Thomas Boyce led well from the front with Kuki Wickliffe playing extremely well in the forwards in both games. Standouts in the backs for both games were Oliver Lawson and Torban Otway.
Results from the Seddon Shield competition in Motueka.
Marlborough 39 Nelson Town 12. Tries to Jontae MacDonald, Hugh Kennington, Keelan Murrell, Max Gibbs, Michael Mullaly and two tries to Oliver Lawson. 2 conversions to Liam Duncan.
Marlborough 10 Nelson Country 7. Two tries to Kuki Wickliffe.
Marlborough beat Buller and Nelson Town and Nelson Country. No scores to hand.
Nelson Bays 26 Marlborough 17. Tries to Ryan Endersby, Trave Lucas-Duffy and Taine Turnbull. Conversion Josh Reece.
Marlborough 12 Nelson Bays 10. Tries to Tapiha Allen and Stu Giles. Conversion to Heath Cruikshank.
In addition, Marlborough Under-48kg played a friendly against Nelson Bays Under-48kg, losing 36-0. The news wasn't so good for the Marlborough under-16 and under-18 sides who played the first round of their respective South Island tournaments at Renwick on Saturday.
The under-18s went down 3-53 to a slick Canterbury Metro outfit, while the under-16s lost 13-26, also to Canterbury Metro. Both teams travel to Nelson this weekend for second-round matches against Nelson Bays.
Marlborough 13 Canty Metro 26. Try to Brayden Stewart. Two pens, one con to Corey Bovey.
Marlborough 3 Canty Metro 53. Dropped goal: Jarome Leonard.
- The Marlborough Express