NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 27: UC Championship Nelson College v Waimea Comined on July 27, 2016 in Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by: Chris Symes/Shuttersport Limited)

Fast start sees Nelson College prevail in rugby derby


A four try opening blitz was the catalyst for Nelson College’s 35-19 win over Waimea Combined in the UC Championship rugby match at Nelson College.

Nelson College led 28-0 late in the first half thanks to tries to halfback Jack Grooby, hooker Ratu Vagukoto prop Teu Sami and No 10 and captain William Havili.

Just as the game looked to be a one-sided contest, Waimea scored tries just before and after halftime to make it 28-12.

The second half proved to be far more even and Waimea deserve a lot of credit for making the game competitive.

Only another try from William Havili made the game safe but Waimea had the last laugh through No 10 Josh McPherson.

For a photo gallery from the match, Click Here.