Champions take on underdogs
Defending champions Christchurch Boys’ take on Timaru Boys’ in the UC Championship rugby at Straven Rd on Saturday.
CBHS will be chasing a 10th title in the Canterbury Secondary Schools’ competition while Timaru Boys are set to contest their first final.
The southerners upset Christ’s College 24-10 in Christchurch at the weekend, Christ’s second straight home semi-final defeat.
TBHS’s forward pack had the edge at crucial times which led to the four tries to one victory with left wing Tevita Eukaliti scoring twice.
The visitors got out to a 12-0 lead but Christ’s pegged it back to two points early on in the second half. TBHS then came home strong and could have won by more.
Christ’s College coach Reuben Thorne said TBHS deserved the win.
‘‘They were very good at the tackle and more accurate than us. Their defensive pressure also forced us into mistakes,’’ Thorne said.
CBHS had to come from behind to beat Nelson College 40-29 at home. Nelson had a handy 22-12 halftime lead but were unable to hold out the rampant defending champions in the second half.
CBHS assistant coach Rob Smith said he was proud of his side’s fightback, inspired by hooker Adam Reid, openside flanker Sam Caldwell and the entire backline.
The two finalists met back in round three with CBHS taking a 22-17 win in Timaru.
Meanwhile in the plate section, St Thomas will host Waimea.
St Thomas scored in injury time to beat Rangiora HS 27-21.
Across town Waimea stunned St Andrews College 57-14. StAC were coming off big wins over Christ’s College and Nelson College in their previous two outings but couldn’t match a clinical Waimea side.
The visitors systematically took St Andrew’s apart in front of their stunned home supporters.
Ryan Churchill scored a first half a hat-trick for a 29-14 lead and the floodgates opened in the second half.
St Bede’s will meet Marlborough in the bowl final.
After a rough start to the campaign St Bede’s have finished strong and showed plenty of fight to beat Shirley Boys’ 36-33.
Marlborough Boys’ booked their place in the final with a 20-12 win over Lincoln Combined after leading 10-7 at halftime.
Timaru Boys’ Maka Malifleo charges through the Christ’s College defence