Whale Watch Kaikoura started their Marlborough division two rugby competition campaign in style on Saturday, when they thrashed defending champions Pelorus 70-5 in the opening round at the Takahanga Domain in Kaikoura.
The home side ran in 12 tries, Stuart Giles crossing over four times and Chris Young and Lewis Claridge both bagging a brace.
Pelorus’ only points came in the form of a try to Lance Mackel.
Seventh in last year’s competition, East Coast Inn Awatere also got off to a good start with a 48-0 demolition of Crafar Crouch Waitohi at the Seddon Domain. Cees Groot picked up two tries, while the Tussock Jumpers ran in another six five-pointers in a convincing display.
The closest match of round one saw visitors Moutere overcome Woodbourne Tavern Renwick 30-22 at the Renwick Domain. Sioni Langi, Andy Law, Joe Samo and Bauli Lutui all dotted down for the Magpies, with Jordan Newman kicking two conversions and two penalties.
For the home team, Paul Pudney went over twice and Rodney Keegan also scored a try.
In the final match at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim, BNZ Partners Harlequins defeated Biddy Kates Central 28-12.
Josh Nanai and Tom Mu were the try-scorers for the Blues.
Moutere 30 (Sioni Langi, Andy Law, Joe Samo, Bauli Lutui tries, Jordan Newman 2 con, 2 pen) beat Renwick 22 (Paul Pudney 2, Rodney Keegan tries, Stephen Patchett 2 con, pen).
Kaikoura 70 (Stuart Giles 4, Chris Young 2, Lewis Claridge 2, James Hunt, Myles Hamilton, Fraser Seddon, Liam O’Donoghue tries, Hamilton 5 con) beat Pelorus 5 (Lance Mackel try).
Harlequins 28 (no scorers provided) beat Central 12 (Josh Nanai, Tom Mu tries, Steven Ryan con).
Awatere 48 (Cees Groot 2, Tiri Johnsen, Nicolas Mertz, Hamish Blackwell, Neil MacDonald, Braedyn Benjamin, David Pope tries, Benjamin 4 con) beat Waitohi 0.
– The Marlborough Express 25/3/2014