MBC­tak­ing noth­ing for granted against Burn­side

Marlborough Express - - SPORT - PETER JONES

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.

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