Nelson boys crush Christ's

RUGBY
Last updated 13:00 31/07/2012
Mitchell Hunt
PATRICK HAMILTON/Fairfax NZ
BY EXAMPLE: Mitchell Hunt directed the attack well for the Nelson College First XV.

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The Nelson College First XV have progressed to the final of the quadrangular tournament after an assured 34-6 victory over Christ's College in Christchurch yesterday afternoon.

The tournament hosts bossed the first 15 minutes of the game, kicking two early penalties for a 6-0 lead. Unfortunately for home fans that is where the scoring stopped for their team as Nelson scored four tries and 34 unanswered points to confirm a place in the final against Wellington College tomorrow.

After absorbing the early pressure, Nelson's pack gained the ascendancy. Led by the hard-running Fuki Pelefoti and a dominant front row they were able to set the required platform.

Consequently, all of Nelson's inside backs got on the score sheet. Captain and halfback Mitchell Drummond kicked a perfect seven from seven in wet and breezy conditions, while first five-eighth Mitchell Hunt directed the attack well.

Centre Louie Sanders-Loader and Hunt crossed, with Drummond adding the extras and a penalty for a 17-6 halftime lead.

Nelson replicated their scoring in the second half as Drummond kicked three points before adding the extras to tries from right wing Kerehama Barrett and second five-eighth Tamaira Carew.

Nelson College are pursuing their first title since 2001 and will meet defending champions Wellington College in the final, live on Sky's Rugby Channel from 1.45pm tomorrow.

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