Nelson boys crush Christ's
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.