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Marlborough

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Seddon Shield Sunday 3 August @ 2:30 pm Rugby Park Greymouth
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In a free-flowing encounter, despite slippery underfoot conditions, West Coast repelled their first Seddon Shield challenger, downing Marlborough 28-18 at Rugby Park.

After fighting back from a 28-11 deficit midway through the second spell, the Red Devils poured on the pressure towards the end but the same tenacious defence that had allowed the Coasters to claim the shield off Nelson Bays last year kept the visitors at bay.

The sides traded early penalties, to West Coast first five-eighth Tim Priest and his counterpart, Marlborough’s Brandyn Laursen, before the first try came in the 16th minute. Fittingly NZ Heartland XV player Priest, who had a major impact on the match, scored the five pointer and converted it, after a Marlborough misread on defence.

From the restart, Marlborough replied immediately, with tighthead prop Fetu Ieremia crossing the line after a series of phases. The Marlborough try wasn’t converted, leaving Coast with a two point lead which Priest increased to five with another penalty before Laursen landed his second to narrow the gap again.

Three minutes before halftime Coast struck a decisive blow when centre Josh Costello scored off a Priest pass to hand the home side an 18-11 advantage at the break.

Seven minutes after oranges the home side were at it again, Brad Houston taking advantage of another defensive lapse to touch down, with Priest converting. Another Priest penalty 10 minutes later extended the holders’ lead to 28-11, leaving Marlborough in catch-up mode. A second try to Ieremia with 10 minutes to go offered the challengers’ hope, but time ran out quicker than the Coast defence tired.

Red Devils coach Mark Stewart bemoaned his side’s mistake rate and defensive frailties. “We played really well at times, we had so many opportunities, and it was just our execution that let us down. Dropped balls at the wrong times. I don’t think they were any better than us – we just couldn’t finish it. Our ball security, especially in good attacking positions, was poor.

“Then a couple of defensive lapses on our part let them score . . . that was about it really.”

Stewart was pleased with Marlborough’s set pieces, the scrum picking up a couple of tight heads, “but we just couldn’t string the phases together. And when we did we panicked.

“It was a funny old game actually, I sort of think we lost it more than they won it. But having said that [Coast] defended really well.”

Stewart said skipper Reyne Volavola had one of his better games in the red jersey while youngster Vaea Samasoni impressed when he came on as No 8. Double try-scorer Ieremia and fellow prop Riley Luke also stood out, providing a good foundation up front.

West Coast coach Allan Lindsay was understandably happy with the result and pinpointed a couple of players who he felt made a difference. “Our scrum was under the pump initially, but our seven Josh Hill was still getting turnovers. He got five turnovers in the game with good number seven work.

“Also our halfback, Nick Makea, attacked their halfback around the scrum and we got two or three turnovers there, too. It negated a bit of the dominance [Marlborough] had with the scrum.

“The game was relatively even, but those tries either side of halftime meant we were always ahead from then on,” said Lindsay. He also mentioned fullback Jason Wright and second five Sean McClure, plus hard-working loosie Alan Monk, as key performers

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Scores:

West Coast 28 (Tim Priest, Josh Costello, Brad Houston tries, Priest 2 con, 3 pen)

Marlborough 18 (Fetu Ieremia 2 tries, Brandyn Laursen 2 pen, Jeremy Manning con)

HT 18-11 West Coast.

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Previous meetings

27 Sep 1893 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 05 - 02
22 Aug 1908 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 13 - 13
21 Aug 1909 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 13 - 6
17 Sep 1910 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 10 - 08
09 Sep 1914 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Marlborough 07 - 13
15 Sep 1919 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Marlborough 03 - 03
18 Sep 1920 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 06 - 03
24 Sep 1921 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 19 - 09
16 Sep 1933 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Marlborough 30 - 12
11 Aug 1934 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Marlborough 00 - 03
31 Aug 1935 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 06 - 03
19 Sep 1936 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 14 - 00
24 Jul 1937 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 08 - 15
02 Aug 1941 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 13 - 09
15 Sep 1945 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 11 - 06
27 Jul 1946 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 08 - 08
28 Sep 1946 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Marlborough 03 - 10
19 Jul 1947 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 08 - 09
12 Aug 1950 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 08 - 00
04 Aug 1951 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 14 - 06
26 Jul 1952 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 13 - 03
25 Jul 1953 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 14 - 08
18 Sep 1954 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 10 - 15
10 Aug 1957 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 13 - 05
22 Aug 1959 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 15 - 03
30 Jul 1960 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 06 - 17
09 Sep 1961 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 06 - 14
17 Jul 1965 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 09 - 00
03 Sep 1966 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 23 - 11
26 Aug 1967 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 00 - 08
07 Aug 1968 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 14 - 11
02 Aug 1969 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 06 - 06
25 Aug 1973 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 27 - 00
27 Jul 1974 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 18 - 00
25 Apr 1975 2:30 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Marlborough 28 - 07
26 Jul 1975 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 45 - 10
02 Sep 1978 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 03 - 25
10 Sep 1978 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] Marlborough v West Coast RU 32 - 06
11 Aug 1979 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 19 - 12
08 Sep 1979 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] West Coast RU v Marlborough 11 - 31
26 Jul 1980 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 06 - 09
19 Aug 1980 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] Marlborough v West Coast RU 18 - 06
22 Sep 1981 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] West Coast RU v Marlborough 06 - 33
04 Sep 1982 2:30 pm 2nd Div.[South] + Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 15 - 12
13 Sep 1983 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] West Coast RU v Marlborough 09 - 15
10 Jul 1984 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Div.[South] Marlborough v West Coast RU 35 - 12
12 Aug 1985 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Division Marlborough v West Coast RU 29 - 16
28 Aug 1985 2:30 pm NPC 2nd Division West Coast RU v Marlborough 10 - 26
30 Aug 1986 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 50 - 06
25 Jul 1987 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 17 - 10
06 Aug 1988 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 72 - 03
19 Aug 1989 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 58 - 10
07 Jul 1990 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 27 - 10
27 Jul 1991 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 49 - 03
21 Jun 1992 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 96 - 03
05 Sep 1992 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v Marlborough 06 - 34
18 Sep 1993 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Marlborough v West Coast RU 49 - 14
20 Aug 1994 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v Marlborough 13 - 14
23 Sep 1995 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Marlborough v West Coast RU 34 - 24
24 Aug 1996 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division West Coast RU v Marlborough 12 - 44
23 Aug 1997 2:30 pm NPC 3rd Division Marlborough v West Coast RU 62 - 21
30 May 1998 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 64 - 03
17 Jun 2001 2:30 pm Representative Match Marlborough v West Coast RU 67 - 00
22 Aug 2009 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 32 - 30
23 Jul 2011 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 34 - 10
03 Aug 2014 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 28 - 18
08 Aug 2015 2:30 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 19 - 24
12 Aug 2017 1:00 pm Representative Match West Coast RU v Marlborough 17 - 31
04 Aug 2018 2:30 pm Seddon Shield Marlborough v West Coast RU 33 - 07
03 Aug 2019 2:45 pm Seddon Shield West Coast RU v Marlborough 17 - 20