Nelson’s Tima Faingaanuku dodges the Harlequins defence and the puddles, as he makes a break at Trafalgar Park on Saturday. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.
Nelson’s Tima Faingaanuku dodges the Harlequins defence and the puddles, as he makes a break at Trafalgar Park last year. Photo: Evan Barnes/Shuttersport.

Nelson reins over Harlequins despite downpour

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Nelson slipped and slid its way into the semi-finals of the Tasman Trophy on Saturday, with a 24-5 victory over Harlequins in sodden conditions at Trafalgar Park.

Galbraith Group Nelson’s bonus point win means it will “visit” second-placed Wakatu Hotel Marist at Trafalgar Park on Wednesday — the kicker being, of course, that Trafalgar Park is Nelson’s home ground, too.

In the other semi-final, runaway leaders Taylor’s Contracting Wanderers will host Moutere, Marlborough’s sole representative, at Brightwater, also on Wednesday night.

Moutere leap-frogged both Freeman Roofing Stoke and Star and Garter Waimea Old Boys into fourth place with its one point win over Stoke, while Waimea also suffered a heart-breaking one point loss to miss the playoffs.

While Wanderers will go into its game as heavy favourites, it will be the Nelson-Marist clash that is likely to produce the more enthralling contest.

Both sides enjoyed strong wins on Saturday, with Marist seeing off East Cost 34-10.

The winners of the semi-finals will meet in the Tasman Trophy final at Trafalgar Park on Queen’s Birthday Monday.

The Nelson Bays club rugby competition will continue for another round from next Saturday with teams holding onto all of their points to date.

The respective semi-finals will kick off at 7.30pm this Wednesday night.