A last minute try by home team Wesley College prevented Whanganui Collegiate 1st XV from pulling off another famous upset against a traditional powerhouse in their 31-28 loss on Friday.

In the opening game of the CNI competition, Collegiate were taking on the side who in their previous three seasons in this competition have made the semifinals twice and were champions in 2017.

A hot bed for talent, Wesley have produced 11 All Blacks and a host of test players from the Pacific island nations.

Collegiate had been buoyed by their last away win over New Plymouth Boys High in