Nelson College and Waimea Combined will both hit the road this weekend in their quest for silverware in the UC Championship rugby competition.
Nelson College finished third on the table after the regular season and will face second seeds Christchurch Boys High School in Christchurch for a place in the final.
Nelson College warmed up for the challenge by retaining the Moascar Cup in a comfortable 55-5 victory over Lincoln High School at Nelson College on Saturday.
Fullback Caleb Coventry scored twice in the convincing win.
Nelson College drew with Christchurch Boys’ High School 6-6 at Trafalgar Park earlier in the season.
Nelson College have conceded just five points in their last two games.
Both Roncalli College and Lincoln offered little in attack and they are sure to be tested by a Christchurch Boys’ High School team who had to settle for second after the round-robin play, with Christs College earning top spot having had just one loss, to rivals CBHS, all season.
Nelson will undoubtedly look to use their speed and power in the backs, which has caused trouble for weaker teams all year.
Waimea will travel over the hill to play Marlborough Boys’ College in Blenheim in the plate semi-final, after they dispatched Rangiora High School 52-12 in Motueka.
Waimea led only 14-12 at halftime but piled on 38 unanswered points from then on.
Three tries to flanker Reuben Chubb and doubles to winger Callum Whitten and fullback Culainn Stringer were the catalyst for the big win.
Waimea Combined beat Marlborough Boys’ College 42-19 earlier in the season, so there’s a good chance Waimea’s resurgence under the combined name will continue for another week.