Interest in college rugby might be at an all-time high. In 2012 the Rugby Channel’s Landrover First XV series televised 34 matches from Wakworth to Gore and no less than 12,000 spectators attended the 1A Auckland championship final at Eden Park.
St Bede’s College: 29 (Misimoa Lamositele 3, Sioni Lavemai tries: Tim Cossens 2 con & 1 pen, Ashley Smith con) Nelson College: 7 (Tamaira Raurima-Carew; Mitchell Drummond con)
Wednesday’s 86th annual Quadrangular final between Wellington College and Nelson College will, without doubt, be remembered as one of the greatest games of schoolboy rugby ever played, a 31-31 draw!
Wellington College: 31 (Penalty try, Ulutoto Malu, Ben Tuiomanufili, Nelson Asofa Solomona, Nathan Blundell tries, Luke Campbell 3 con) Nelson College: 31 (Tom Hill, Kerehama Barrett, Steven Soper, Te Puoho Stephens tries, Mitchell Drummond, 3 pen, 1 con)
Nelson College: 34 (Finn Hart-Strawbridge 2, Kerehama Barrett, Mitchell Hunt tries: Mitchell Drummond 3 pen, 1 con, Hunt 1dg) Marlborough Boys’ College: 22 (Atu Moli, Jarome Leonard, Braden Stewart tries: Michael Dillon 2 con, 1 pen) HT: 15-12, M.B.C
Played: 48 Nelson Won: 35 Marlborough Won: 9 Drawn: 4 Games Decided By Seven Or Less: 18 Nelson Biggest Win: 55-7, 2001 Marlborough Biggest Win: 43-14, 2006
The 1950s was a decade of consistent strength for the First XV at Nelson College. Between 1950 and 1957 the Quadrangular final was reached four times for two victories. In 1958 Nelson commenced a run of success to rival the record of their great teams from 1946-1949.