Nelson has drawn 15-all with Renwick to start the cross over phase of rugby’s Tasman Trophy, at Trafalgar Park today.
A sluggish start which saw the home team trail 12-0 was compounded by being reduced to 13 men for a period in the first half.
Renwick had the superior scrum but Nelson had flair in the backs.
Nelson seemed to struggle to adjust to playing into a stiff breeze in the first half and ill-discipline also hurt them.
They rarely made it out of their own half for the opening 25 minutes and when Nelson halfback Jackson Harvey was sin binned, it opened the door for Renwick’s Kyle Marfell to score through a big gap in the midfield.
Renwick soon had their second try but it seemed to ignite Nelson into action.
Nelson fullback Tima Faingaanuke was the best ball runner all game for the hosts and when he found space down the left edge after some nice passes and industrious No 8 David Egelstaff crossed, the score was back at 12-12 by halftime.
The expected Nelson dominance with the wind at their backs in the second half never eventuated.
They trailed 15-12 right up until the 75th minute when Jackson landed a simple penalty to ensure points were shared.
Both coaches lamented opportunities lost at crucial times to break the stalemate.
In other results: Wanderers earned a hard-fought win at home, 30-21 over Central, Marist was too good for Harlequins 46-32, Waimea Old Boys traveled to Moutere and got the win 37-22, Kahurangi lost to Waitohi 25-17 and Stoke eased past East Coast 27-20.
In Nelson Bays Division 2 results; Tapawera/Murchison beat Marist 37-24, Wanderers edged Riwaka 23-18, Nelson downed Rangers 33-24, Huia was too strong for Takaka 40-14 and Collingwood overpowered Stoke 57-8.