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Marlborough

24
Seddon Shield Saturday 8 August @ 2:30 pm Murchison
Regan Stanton on the charge
Photo Credit : Bill Phillips – Digisport

A fast finishing West Coast side may have just come up short 24-19 in their quest for victory against Marlborough in Murchison on Saturday in their Seddon Shield challengers playoff match, but the positives by far outweighed the negatives, with some top class performances by many in the red and white hooped jerseys. With several players missing through injuries, the Coast side that fronted performed admirably against their bigger opposites, and the Coast coaches will have a pleasant headache in trying to decide on their best 22 to select heading towards the Heartland competition opener against North Otago on August 22nd.

The Marlborough side opened the scoring on a field that was still drying out from an inch of early morning snow, with a 15th minute penalty to fullback Ra Tamati, before he added to his points tally again three minutes later, after a storming run by lock Hamish Munro, who brushed off some poor tackling by the Coast defenders, to pop up a pass for Tamati to run onto to score and convert for a 10-0 lead for the Red Devils.

West Coast then had some sustained periods of attack with the forward pack laying some solid foundations for the backs to attack, with flanker Alan Monk providing a good link with the backs, while winger Regan Stanton put his personal safety aside, enjoying  running straight at the Marlborough defenders, crashing into them with the force that would have seen him go through a brick wall. West Coast had a couple of kick-able penalty opportunities, but decided to back their line-out and kick for attacking line out options, but on both occasions the ball was turned over with no points being scored as the chances were wasted.

Just on half time, it was then Coasts turn to defend and they did very well to keep their opposition out with some stoic defence, that kept the score to 10-0 at the break. If Marlborough had have scored at that stage, the score line would not have been a true reflection of the match, as West Coast more than matched their opposites.

Coast made several changes in the second half, introducing halfback Torres, hooker Ben Campbell, while winger Mudu entered the fray after Jason Wright suffered a gash on his ear that required treatment. While the end of the first half might have been a solid defensive effort, West Coast would have been disappointed in not taking a clean take from the restart which gave Marlborough a chance to attack. West Coast may have eventually effected a turn over gaining a defensive scrum close to their own line, a tight head quickly had Marlborough spinning the ball wide, for flanker Cody Weir to crash over in the right hand corner in the 42 minute, with the Tamati again converting, to put Marlborough out to a 17-0 lead.

West Coast responded well to that setback, with some powerful displays of solid running by centre Kevin Moore, and the industrious wing replacement winger Mudu, who was busy and looked for work in his time on the field. Several other players shone for West Coast, with number eight Dylan Nel having several storming runs leaving Marlborough defenders sprawled on the turf in his wake, while his tackling was at time ferocious. Nel may well turn out to be a key player in this years Heartland Campaign if he can keep that kind of form up. Another player to shine was hooker Ben Campbell who was also a menace on attack with the ball in hand, and caused headaches for the Marlborough defenders with a constant stream of bollocking runs.

With plenty of quality ball, West Coast then scored a fine try in the 55th minute from an attacking scrum five meters out from the Marlborough line to halfback Hugo Torres, who caught the defence napping to dive over to the right hand side of the posts after a darting run. Nathan Smith duly converted to make the score 17-7. Just as things were starting to click for West Coast, Marlborough responded in kind in the 60th minute with a try of their own, when half back Ben Finau dived over from a ruck close to the line, after a solid set of phases by their forwards. Fullback Tamati again added the extras via the conversion, to extend their lead to 24-7.

It was at this stage of the game where West Coast’s strong fitness levels started to show, with the men in Red and White hitting straight back themselves in the 63rd minute with a fine try to centre Archie McBride after a brilliant attacking run by Torres down the left hand touch line lead to the ball being spun wide through the backs, before fullback Costello passed to McBride who dived over in the right hand corner for a fine team try, which was unconverted to leave them trailing 24-12.

West Coast while having their tails up through some fine attacking play, also had periods on defence, but with the West Coast loose forwards tackling their hearts out, they could also rely on fullback Costello’s booming kicks to get his team mates out of some dangerous positions on more than one occasion, and through these acts the confidence in the side remained strong.

That confidence was rewarded a final time in the 77th minute with a fine try to second half substitute first five Nic Cummings, after half back Torres popped up a fine pass for the flying five eighth to hit the line at pace to dive over, for Torres to convert.

At 24-19 the Coast ran out of time to pull off what would have been an amazing win, but they should keep their heads held high, with the Coast fans in attendance all in agreement that what they had witnessed was some fine rugby with some great signs for the season ahead, one in which they’ll be celebrating 125 years of West Coast Rugby.

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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