Full head of steam for quadrangular

Head coach Lachie Taylor believes that the Nelson College first XV is in a good space heading into next week's annual quadrangular rugby tournament in Whanganui.

Nelson will play Christ's College in Monday's opening round with some winning momentum behind them, the match also doubling as a Press Cup encounter. Defending champions Wellington College will play hosts Wanganui Collegiate in Monday's main game.

Nelson lost 16-10 to Wellington College in last year's final in Nelson, but have so far managed to amass eight wins and just a solitary 23-22 loss to Christchurch BHS during a successful Press Cup campaign.

"I think we're on track," Taylor said, after their 17-3 Press Cup win over Shirley BHS on Wednesday.

They'll head into Monday's game injury-free and generally in good nick with only some minor issues to consider. Among them is a scrum that has posed occasional problems, although Taylor said it wasn't a major concern.

"It's a work-on for us, I don't think it's too big an issue. It's not a technical issue as far as their body technique goes, it's more to do with their timing and everybody being in synch really.

"We've worked on it and against Burnside [won 31-10 last Saturday], we were pretty happy with it. I think we'll get that right before too much longer."

While a young and inexperienced Christ's side has struggled with just one win and two draws from eight matches in this year's Press Cup campaign, Taylor was reading nothing into their form.

"Certainly no team should be taken for granted and I think they're a better team than their results have shown to be honest.

"They're well drilled, they're just a bit lighter and younger I think."

He said that Nelson would certainly try to impose their physical forward game on Christ's clearly with a view to a possible rematch with Wellington in Wednesday's final.

"In general we're pretty happy. I guess Wellington's a bit of an unknown for us, they're a wee bit more vulnerable perhaps than they've been in previous years. But game one's the first one, we won't get carried away with game two yet."

The Nelson Mail