Nelson kicks off season with big win over Stoke

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The two city teams were the big winners on the opening day of senior club rugby season on Saturday, with Nelson and Marist both racking up big wins.

All three division one games were played at Trafalgar Park to celebrate the start of the 2016 Car Company club rugby competition.

Defending champions Wanderers beat Kahurangi 33-22 to again stake their claim as title favourites.

But it was the resurgence of Marist and Nelson that was the story of the week.

Marist beat 2014 champions Waimea Old Boys 29-7 to give it the best possible start to the season. While Nelson recorded a stunning 62-0 win over Stoke.

Seven different Nelson players dotted down for the hosts, with loose forward Ethan Blackadder a stand out and the return of former Makos skipper Andrew Goodman a welcome boost for their backline.

Fullback Andrew Norton-Taylor also impressed with his hard-running.

This Thursday night, Nelson host Waimea at Trafalgar Park with a 7.30pm kick off. At the same time, Wanderers host Marist in Brightwater, while Stoke travel to play Kahurangi at 3pm on Good Friday.