Rugby

Saturday sport wrap

Moutere prop Lockie McCormick charges towards the Wanderers' goal line at Awarua Park, in Spring Creek, on Saturday.

It was another busy Saturday for Marlborough’s sporting clubs, with plenty of action both in this province and in Nelson.

MBC blow Waimea off the field

Marlborough Boys’ College prop Ty Bampton proves hard to put down for the Waimea College defence as teammate Isaiah Miller supports during the first XV clash on the MBC front field on Friday afternoon.

New Zealand King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XV came out firing against Waimea College to put the match result beyond doubt early.

Magpies can do Blues a favour

Moutere flanker Scott Morgan has been in fine form this season.

Marlborough rugby clubs Moutere and Central have always been fierce rivals, but the Blues will be right behind the Magpies on Saturday.

Tickets still available for Crusaders match

Nelson fans show their support for the Crusaders in 2011, the last time they played a Super Rugby competition match at Trafalgar Park .

Tickets are still available for the pivotal Super Rugby clash between the Crusaders and Hurricanes at Trafalgar Park in Nelson next week.

MBC First XV to build on success

Marlborough Boys’ College First XV lock Matt McCormick takes on the Nelson College defence during last week’s match in Nelson. He and his fellow forwards will be called on again to provide a solid platform against Waimea College in Blenheim on Friday. PHOTO: FAIRFAX/NZ

Eight days after downing their biggest rivals, Marlborough Boys’ College First XV look to maintain that momentum in Blenheim on Friday.

Rugby points awarded

rugby trophy

Front rowers dominated the scoring in the latest round of the Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year competition.

Leading teams line up for showdown

Renwick under-16 player Flynn Struthers, makes a strong run down the sideline during Sunday’s match with Takaka at Renwick. Renwick won the Tasman under-16 grade match 68-14.

Whale Watch Kaikoura warmed up for their crunch Marlborough division two match with Moutere by putting a half-century on Crafar Crouch Waitohi.

Nelson sides dominate match-ups

Outstanding Waimea Old Boys halfback Billy Guyton is held up in the tackle of two Harlequins defenders during their Tasman Trophy encounter at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Marlborough’s leading sides shown no mercy by their Nelson counterparts in the Tasman Trophy at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Nelson sides take control at the park

Outstanding Waimea Old Boys halfback Billy Guyton is held in a double tackle by two Harlequins players at Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

Marlborough's leading sides in the Tasman Trophy premier club rugby competition were shown no mercy by their Nelson counterparts at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Saturday.

MBC down Nelson College in mudbath

Nelson College halfback Matt Soper lines up his options in the Whangamoa Trophy contest between Marlborough Boys College and Nelson College.

Marlborough Boys' College First XV scored a mud-splattered victory in their annual interschool match with Nelson College on Thursday.

Johnny on the spot for Moutere

Moutere utility back Johnny Ika has been thrilling club rugby crowds this season with his dynamic approach to the game.

The Moutere Rugby Club has a new crowd favourite, and his name is Johnny Ika.

Rugby heavyweights step up

Central midfielder Onolevu Temo takes the direct route against Stoke. He will have his hands full on Saturday coping with the fleet-footed Wanderers backline.

The Tasman Trophy’s senior club rugby heavyweights square off at Blenheim’s Lansdowne Park on Saturday.

MBC face old foe in TV match

Marlborough Boys’ College First XV play long-time rivals Nelson College in a televised match on Thursday.

Tamati tops point scorers

Rawiri Tamati runs in another try for Central. The Blues’ utility back leads the Tasman Trophy point scoring stakes, on both sides of the Whangamoa Saddle.

The battle to become the top point scorer in Marlborough senior club rugby this season is well and truly joined at the halfway stage.

Moli makes cut for world champs

Atunaisa Moli

Former Marlborough Boys' College First XV captain Atunaisa Moli has retained his New Zealand under-20 captaincy.

Rugby trophy points allocated

The Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year Trophy.

The latest round of Marlborough Express club rugby player of the year points have been awarded, with maximum points shared between backs and forwards.

Magpies continue to show way

Renwick flanker Max Boyce claims possession during his side’s division two match against Waitohi, at Endeavour Park in Picton.

Moutere maintained their hold on the Marlborough division two rugby top spot after accounting for a competitive Pelorus outfit 38-17 at Awarua Park on Saturday.

Tasman Trophy teams bounce back

Moutere prop Jordan Hart crashes over the Kahurangi line to register his side's second try at Awarua Park on Saturday.

Marlborough sides fought back to bag three wins in cross-over matches against Nelson club rivals in the Tasman Trophy competition on Saturday.

Club rugby sides fight back

Moutere prop Jordan Hart crashes over the Kahurangi line to register his side’s second try at Awarua Park on Saturday.

Marlborough sides in the Tasman Trophy premier club rugby competition went some way towards levelling the score with their Nelson counterparts on Saturday afternoon, winning three of the five matches played across the two provinces.

Marlborough teams keen to redress rugby balance

In-form Central midfielder Jake Cresswell will be a centre of attention as the Blues try to maintain their unbeaten record against Nelson at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.

Marlborough’s Tasman Trophy rugby sides will be keen to restore some balance on this side of the hill after Nelson-based teams dominated cross-over matches last weekend.

First XV calls in ex-internationals

David Hill in action for Waikato, where he played the majority of his first-class rugby.

"Beauty and the Beasts" is what the New Zealand King Salmon Marlborough Boys' College First XV are calling their annual fundraising auction this year, with a guest speaker line-up featuring three former internationals.

Rugby Player of Year points allocated

The Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year trophy.

Four forwards and one back scooped maximum points in the Marlborough Express Club Rugby Player of the Year competition on Saturday.

Marlborough junior rugby wrap

Harlequins centre Brooklyn Love makes a clean break during Saturday's Tasman under-16 match against Renwick at Lansdowne Park.

Junior rugby results from Saturday, May 2.

Q&A: Kieran Keane, coach of Tasman Makos

Tasman Makos coach Kieran Keane shares his view on club rugby.

Magpies still fly highest

Harlequins prop Jordan Hika crashes over the Renwick goal-line for a try during Saturday’s under-16 match at Lansdowne Park.

Marlborough division two leaders Moutere were given a decent scare on Saturday, before battling past Crafar Crouch Waitohi to hold onto top spot.

Nelson sides dominate Tasman Trophy

Harlequins skipper Seymore Lambert has help from his fellow forwards as he carries the ball towards the Kahurangi line at Lansdowne Park.

Results predominantly went Nelson’s way in the latest round of Tasman Trophy club rugby.

MacDonald snubs Crusaders job

Leon MacDonald has changed his mind and won't join the Crusaders coaching group next year.

Former All Blacks back does a U-turn on Super Rugby assistant coaching role, opting to stay with Tasman instead.

MBC expect plenty of support for Shirley match

College rugby.

The NZ King Salmon Marlborough Boys’ College First XI will face what is likely to be one of the stiffest tests of the rugby team’s season in their home opener on Tuesday, against Shirley Boys’ High School.

Saturday sport wrap

Harlequins skipper Seymore Lambert has help from his fellow forwards as he carries the ball towards the Kahurangi line at Lansdowne Park.

After three Tasman Trophy rugby games and a Nelson division one football match, the results weren't good for home town supporters.

Marshall to turn back on Gloucester for All Blacks - Makos

Tom Marshall of the Chiefs breaks the line against the Blues at Waikato Stadium.

Chiefs fullback turns down Europe move after "All Blacks" and "RWC" mentioned in NZ Rugby phone call.

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