Plenty at stake in final round
The finalists might already be determined but tomorrow's final round of pool play in the Bayleys Tasman Trophy interprovincial club rugby competition still carries some weight.
Galbraith Group Nelson and Wakatu Hotel Marist were confirmed last weekend as the respective pool winners, each with a game in hand. For Marist, though, tomorrow's pool B clash with Enza Riwaka at Trafalgar Park also carries with it important Nelson Bays championship points.
Despite their table-topping efforts in pool B of the Tasman Trophy, Marist are still languishing in fourth place on the Nelson Bays points table and desperately need the points from tomorrow's match to help consolidate their local championship playoff hopes.
Riwaka won their previous encounter 20-18 about seven weeks ago. A lot has changed since then, Marist having won their last four consecutive games by handy margins, as Riwaka have struggled to string consistent performances together. The match kicks off at 3pm.
After uncertainty earlier in the week about whether the game would go ahead, Nelson are heading to Picton tomorrow to take on home team Waitohi, who had initially indicated they would not travel to Nelson.
Following subsequent discussions between the two clubs, early suggestions of a Waitohi default were averted after Nelson decided to travel to Picton.
The game will kick off at 1.30pm, with Crusaders utility back Tom Marshall due to make an appearance for Nelson ahead of the following week's Tasman Trophy final against Marist.
Taylor's Contracting Wanderers and New World Huia are both heading to Blenheim's Lansdowne Park, Wanderers to meet Harlequins in their pool B clash at 1.30pm, followed by Huia's pool A match against Central at 3pm.
Star and Garter Waimea Old Boys travel to Awarua Park at Spring Creek to take on Moutere in pool A, kickoff at 1.30pm, with Awatere's pool B clash with Renwick at the Seddon Domain at 2.35pm, completing the round.
Points: Kieron Fonotia (Marist) 111, Jackson Harvey (Wanderers) 87, James Lowe (WOB) 78, Andrew Goodman (Nelson) 60, Mitchell Scott (Nelson) 60, Jesse Rush (Huia) 55, Andy Beatson (Riwaka) 55, Jake Beleski (Stoke) 52, Tema Faifua (Huia) 50, Latham Jones (Marist) 50, Tony Fatai (Riwaka) 50.
Tries: Mitchell Scott (Nelson) 12, Latham Jones (Marist) 10, James Lowe (WOB) 9, Robbie Malneek (Nelson) 8, Kieron Fonotia (Marist) 8, Jake Cooley (Nelson) 7, Sione Holani (Wanderers) 6, Tema Faifua (Huia) 6, Heing Fa'anoi (Huia) 5, Lote Niue (Huia) 5, Lucuster Mati (Riwaka) 5.
Waimea College have reached their defining moment of this year's Press Cup secondary schools rugby campaign.
Lose tomorrow's home game against Marlborough Boys' College and they're out of top eight contention. Win, and they still have the potential to threaten their best ever sixth-place finish in 2009.
Notwithstanding the deferral of last weekend's weather-affected clash with Shirley BHS in Christchurch, Waimea are essentially in finals mode as the prepare to take on a Marlborough team fresh from their commanding 62-10 win over Nayland College.
Marlborough have a superior four-win record from their six matches, Waimea winning two of five, although the significance of tomorrow's result is all the motivation Waimea need to ensure that attitude won't be among their prematch concerns. The match kicks off in Richmond at noon.
Nayland College head to Christchurch to play Burnside HS on some kind of roll. Although again well beaten last weekend, Nayland have now scored a try in each of their last two outings and while victory might still be a pipe dream against some of the competition's more established teams, adding to their try tally remains an important motivational tool.
Nelson College have an extra few days to dwell on last weekend's loss to Christchurch BHS ahead of Tuesday's annual midweek fixture against Shirley BHS on Nelson's main ground.
Nelson now haven't won a match since their fourth-round clash with Marlborough BC, but there were clear signs against Christchurch of a significant attitude adjustment after their tame draw with Christ's College. Tuesday's game kicks off at noon.
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