Biddy Kates Central are the Marlborough premier cluyb rugby champions after beating Moutere 18-10 in today's final at Lansdowne Park.
In a scrappy encounter, the Blues lead 12-0 at halftime courtesy of tries to winger Willie Umu and fullback Sam Aolele and a Gareth Smith conversion. Aolele's touchdown on the stroke of halftime was a turning point, providing a healthy advantage that the Magpies were unable to bridge despite scoring the only tries of the second spell through replacement prop Jordan Hart and a spectacular individual effort by Benji Keenan. A second half penalty and dropped goal to Smith gave the Blues some breathing space which they maintained until the final whistle.
In the division two final Pelorus ensured it wouldn't be a double celebration at the Central clubrooms, coming away with a gutsy 13-8 win. The Blues led 3-0 at halftime but the Bojacks fired up in the second spell, Amco Cassidy and Johnny Horton scoring tries and Riki Bovey adding a penalty. Drew Roberts scored for Central to set up a tight finish but the men from Havelock weren't to be denied.
The Marlborough Boys' College First XV drew their match with Christs College 10-10 in Christchurch today. No further details were available.
Marlborough's two sides in the Top of the South league finished on different sides of the same scoreline today. In Blenheim, Central Pirates went down 2-3 to Nelson Suburbs 1st XV while the Marlborough Development side won 3-2 against Richmond at Jubilee Park, Nelson. Winners in the local division one competition were Blenheim Valley Masters, who prevailed 4-3 over Biddy Kates Rangers, and Rangers Saints who beat BV Titans by the same score.
In division two Clubs of Marlborough Rangers and Rangers Masters drew 1-1 and BV Cobras downed Pumprite Trojans 7-1.
Division three winners were Trojan Masters, 2-1 over Picton Seniors, while Picton Pumas and Rangers United drew 3-3.
Comprehensive coverage of weekend sport can be found in Monday's Express.
- The Marlborough Express
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