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.


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