Nelson College run riot against hapless Nayland
Nelson College maintained their perfect defensive record while creating their predicted mayhem at the other end of the park as they overwhelmed Nayland College 94-3 at Nelson College on Saturday.
Nelson still haven't had their line crossed after two rounds of the Press Cup secondary schools rugby competition and Nayland never threatened to alter that statistic in a one-sided contest.
Nayland's only response was an early second half penalty success to first five-eighth Kendall Hodson which briefly brought the score to 47-3. But Nelson ended the match with 14 tries, eight of them in the second half, as the home team fell just one converted try short of posting a ton.
Halfback and captain Mitchell Drummond contributed 31 points from a try and 13 conversions, while flanker Nathan Baxter and wing Kerehama Barrett each scored hat-tricks.
Baxter was a central figure in Nelson's forward effort with his powerful ball promotion as No8 Fuki Pelefoti, lock Macka Misinale and front rowers Tom Hill, Lockie McCormick and Connor McKinnon-Stevenson all enjoyed the opportunity to punch holes in a fragile Nayland defence. Nelson's one-off runners and pick-and-go tactics caused real problems for Nayland as equally decisive running by Nelson's backs created similar problems further out. Fullback Ricci Persico and impressive substitute flanker Mitchell Schwass each scored two tries.
Clinical for the most part, Nelson lapsed into periods of inaccuracy in the second half as they struggled to maintain their structure. It didn't alter the flow of points though, as they continued to score at regular intervals.
Although well beaten, Nayland got solid efforts out of their No8 Misaele Tabua, centre Lote Saulekaleka and Hodson.
Waimea College fell agonisingly short of a significant win after losing 10-5 to Christ's College in Christchurch.Waimea led 5-0 at halftime following a first-half try to fullback Fletcher Matthews, but couldn't score again as Christ's eventually overtook them with a penalty and late converted try to seal the win.
Waimea applied constant pressure during the first half as Christ's continued to make mistakes, with Waimea's set phases also operating effectively throughout the contest. Although missing some key players, Waimea adopted their usual dogged approach, with the loss of coach Tony Cadigan's father during the week also adding significantly to their motivation.
Christ's had the edge at the breakdowns however, where Waimea's lack of intensity created turnovers. Prop Dan McLauchlan and No8 Lucas Bateup brought high workrates and lock Sam Liebezeit was an effective lineout target.
Nelson College 94 (Nathan Baxter 3, Kerehama Barrett 3, Ricci Persico 2, Mitchell Schwass 2, Louis Saunders-Loder, Mitchell Drummond, Tom Hill, Macka Misinale tries, Drummond 12 cons) Nayland College 3 (Kendall Hodson pen) Ht 40-0.
Christ's College 10 Waimea College 5 (Fletcher Matthews try) Ht 0-5.
The Nelson Mail