The spirit of schoolboy rugby was captured in one heartwarming photo in today's UC Championship final.

Nelson College beat Christchurch Boys' College 35-31 to claim their first UC Championship title in 12 years.

The loss left Christchurch skipper Max Hughes dejected, and was pictured after the game getting comforted by rival captain Nelson's Anton Segner.

Christchurch BHS captain Maximilian Hughes is consoled by Nelson College captain Anton Segner. Photo / Photosport
Christchurch BHS captain Maximilian Hughes is consoled by Nelson College captain Anton Segner. Photo / Photosport

Segner, who scored two tries, showed that his leadership extended after the final whistle.

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The thrilling final was a close one throughout with Christchurch rushing out to a quick start.

However, after taking the lead early in the second half, Nelson started to dominate the game and ended up taking out the title to dethrone the three-time defending champs.

You can watch the full replay of the final on NZ Herald Premium - Live stream: First XV Rugby - Nelson College v Christchurch Boys' High School

A dejected Christchurch BHS captain Maximilian Hughes. Photo / Photosport
A dejected Christchurch BHS captain Maximilian Hughes. Photo / Photosport