NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 23: Division 1 Final Marist V Wanderers Trafalgar Park on July 23 2016 in Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by: Evan Barnes Shuttersport Limited)

Wanderers defy Marist for back-to-back rugby titles

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Wanderers have gone back-to-back in Nelson Bays division one rugby competition, with a 19-17 win over Marist in the final today at Trafalgar Park.

In an entertaining game, the lead changed several times, with Marist holding a 10-7 halftime advantage.

Prop Drew Petelo bookended the game with two tries to seal the win.

Captain Jesse Pitman praised his men for their defence before halftime when they were reduced to 14 for 10 minutes.

In other finals; Marist scored a late 27-25 win in the women’s final against Motueka High School and Collingwood beat Riwaka 15-8 in division two men’s rugby.

Timaru Boys’High School beat Waimea Combined 29-17 in the UC Championship.