MBCtaking nothing for granted against Burnside
Burnside High School may lie at the foot of the University of Canterbury championship table but their opponents in Blenheim tomorrow, the Marlborough Boys’ College First XV, will not be taking them lightly.
Falcons’ head coach Gray Cornelius is certainly not about to get ahead of himself.
‘‘They will be a reasonable proposition – [they are] quite a big side and I think it is going to be wet on Saturday as well.’’
The MBC Falcons complete a four-match run of home fixtures against Burnside on the college front field this weekend, knowing nothing less than a win will suffice.
‘‘It is our last home game for a while, so it is a must-win,’’ added Cornelius.
Last week’s 22-7 loss to Timaru Boys’ High School, who beat Burnside 66-5 two weeks ago, was an obvious setback to MBC’s hopes of reaching the top tier of the competition when the play-off places are sorted out in late August.
However, they have picked up nine points from a possible 15 during their home town run and another winning haul tomorrow would go a long way towards pushing them back up the table.
This week MBC will be without a couple of key players. Ethan Jones, who has been fitting into the fullback’s role more smoothly each week, is out of the country on a rep softball trip while powerful prop Peter Vakaloa is out with an ankle injury. Ethan Bayly will slot into the 15 jersey, while the replacement prop is yet to be decided.
Last weekend MBC created plenty of scoring opportunities, only to let them slip.
Cornelius said the focus this week had been on making sure that situation doesn’t happen again.
‘‘It’s all about keeping the pressure on.
‘‘When we get [into the opponents’s territory] we can’t afford to give away penalties and soft turnovers. We have got to make sure we make the most of it.’’
The match kicks off at 12 noon.
The Marlborough Boys’ College First XV meet Burnside High School on the college front field tomorrow.