Vary­ing suc­cess for age group teams

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The Nel­son Bays un­der-48kg team has shared the South Is­land tour­na­ment ti­tle in Dunedin.

Af­ter wins against Can­ter­bury Coun­try (19-12), Marl­bor­ough (50-7), South Can­ter­bury (54-0), a 12-12 draw with South­land and a nar­row 31-28 loss to Can­ter­bury, they even­tu­ally set­tled for a 19-19 draw with host team Otago in the de­cider un­der the roof at Forsyth Barr Sta­dium.

Otago struck in the first few min­utes to go 5-0 up. Nel­son Bays re­sponded with great lead up work by Alex Oak­den and Kruger Grif­fith to put winger Reg­gie Baker in and a fine con­ver­sion by Billy Pow­ick had Nel­son in front 7-5.

Otago re­sponded with a try right on half­time af­ter a pe­riod of sus­tained pres­sure to put them ahead 12-7 at the break.

A sec­ond half li­ne­out steal by Caleb Scott and smart clear­ance by half­back Paddy Beggs gave space to right winger Daniel Haw­ley whose speed and vi­sion saw him score, Pow­ick’s con­ver­sion putting Nel­son Bays ahead 14-12.

Nel­son Bays con­tin­ued to push for­ward and af­ter some su­perb lead up work by Kee­gan Weir and Ruairi Moore­head, Haw­ley was in again in the cor­ner for a 19-12 lead. But af­ter a se­ries of scrums on the Nel­son Bays’ line, Otago mus­cled over with eight min­utes re­main­ing to se­cure the draw.

Baker and Haw­ley were both sub­se­quently se­lected in the South Is­land pri­mary schools team.

Mean­while, the Tas­man un­der-18 rugby team has fin­ished third at the South Is­land tour­na­ment in Christchurch.

Tas­man had headed to the three-day tour­na­ment at Shel­don Park as the North­ern sec­tion win­ners fol­low­ing their 34-15 win over Can­ter­bury Metro Black in Nel­son.

They con­tin­ued their mo­men­tum with a 32-24 win over South­land in the Cup quar­ter­fi­nals but even­tu­ally came un­stuck with a tight 20-18 loss to Cen­tral sec­tion win­ners Can­ter­bury Metro Red in the semi­fi­nals.

How­ever, they ended their cam­paign on a win­ning note with a handy 24-5 win over South Can­ter­bury in the play­off for third and fourth.

Otago Metro beat Can­ter­bury Metro Red 20-10 in the fi­nal, Otago hav­ing beaten South Can­ter­bury 27-7 in the semi­fi­nals.

The Nel­son Bays un­der-16 team couldn’t repli­cate their 20-18 win over Can­ter­bury Metro in their pre­vi­ous North­ern sec­tion seed­ing match in Nel­son and suf­fered a heavy 54-20 loss to the Can­ter­bury side in the play­off for third and fourth.

They’d opened their South Is­land tour­na­ment cam­paign at Cen­ten­nial Park in Oa­maru with a con­vinc­ing 59-17 win over North Otago in the Cup quar­ter­fi­nals be­fore los­ing 54-20 to South­land in the semi­fi­nals.

Otago Metro, who’d beaten Can­ter­bury 25-21 in the semi­fi­nals, went on to beat South­land 30-23 in the fi­nal.

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Nel­son Bays’ Kee­gan Weir at­tacks against Otago in the South Is­land un­der-48kg fi­nal.

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