UC Championship: Christchurch Boys' and Nelson sit top in

Timaru Boys' lock Cullen Grace dives in to score against Christchurch Boys' halfback Louie Chapman.
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Timaru Boys' lock Cullen Grace dives in to score against Christchurch Boys' halfback Louie Chapman.

After three round defending champions Christchurch Boys' and Nelson College lead the way in the UC Championship rugby.

Christchurch Boys' had to come from behind to beat Timaru Boys' 22-17 in Timaru on Tuesday. The traditional inter-school in Timaru doubled as a top-of-the-table clash and the defending champions had to fight back from 3-17 down for the win. Timaru Boys' led 17-3 until just before halftime and then the game was locked at 17-all for most of the second half until CBHS scored the match-winning try with seven minutes left.

With halftime almost up, Tahu Kaa-Goodwille scored under the posts and Alex Harford's conversion to make it 10-17 at the turn. A converted try to Jordan Jennings soon tied things up before prop Murphy Kupe produced the match winner after driving at the line from close range.

Marlborough Boys' College First XV centre Heath Murphy, right, battles to escape the clutches of his St Andrew's College ...
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Marlborough Boys' College First XV centre Heath Murphy, right, battles to escape the clutches of his St Andrew's College opponent during the clash on the college front field on Saturday.

On Saturday, the Moascar Cup wasn't going anywhere as a clinical first half performance eased Nelson College to a runaway 74-7 home win over Burnside HS. Nelson easily banked another five points in the process with a 12-try demolition after leading 50-0 at halftime. Loose forward Anton Segner, wing Ben Hazlett and fullback Leicester Faingaanuku each scored two tries, with Faingaanuku also kicking six conversions for a haul of 22 points.

In Blenheim, St Andrew's College scored three unconverted tries to beat Marlborough Boys' 15-0. Shilo Klein, Jacson Edie and Kini Veitata scoring for Stac who are two-from-two.

Rangiora HS had a 14-0 lead after three minutes against Mid Canterbury Combined and needed a late surge to get home for a bonus point 28-11 in Rangiora.

Rangiora High School's Fletcher Newell taking some stopping against Mid Canterbury Combined.
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Rangiora High School's Fletcher Newell taking some stopping against Mid Canterbury Combined.

Lincoln Combined also enjoyed a fast start, but unlike Rangiora, maintained the momentum to beat Roncalli Combined 50-5. After eight minutes the visitors lead 14-0 and extended the advantage to 33-0 at halftime.

A hat-trick to fullback Mattie Stevenson guided Waimea Combined to a 40-29 win over St Thomas. Stevenson scored three times in the first half as the hosts raced to a 33-12 lead at the turn. St Thomas closed the gap to 24-33 before Waimea scored a sixth try to seal the win.

Christs College handed St Bedes a heavy 41-9 defeat.

Lincoln Combined's Brad Nairn gets past Jedd Franks  of Roncalli Combined.
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Lincoln Combined's Brad Nairn gets past Jedd Franks of Roncalli Combined.

Shirley Boys' had the bye.

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Christchurch Boys' can go to the outright lead if they beat Roncalli Combined in round 4, with Nelson on the bye.

The battle for third has Christ's College host Timaru Boys'.

Waimea Combined midfielder Ryan Churchill skips clear of the St Thomas defence.
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Waimea Combined midfielder Ryan Churchill skips clear of the St Thomas defence.

ROUND 4

MAY 20

Christchurch Boys' vs Roncalli Combined

St Bedes vs St Thomas

Rangiora HS vs St Andrew's College

Mid Canterbury Combined vs Lincoln Combined

Burnside HS vs Waimea Combined

Christ's College vs Timaru Boys'

Nelson College BYE

MAY 23

Marlborough Boys' vs Shirley Boys'

 - Stuff

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