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PGG Wrightson Canterbury Country Rugby - Division 1 Competitions Update
While the North Canterbury competition is looking somewhat one-sided this season, the race for the Coleman Shield in Ellesmere is certainly heating up.
Lincoln booked its place in the last four with a fine 51-13 win against Burnham last weekend. The red and blacks have the bye this weekend and will host a semi-final and final at Lincoln (if they make it that far).
Winger Jared Smith was a star for Lincoln; scoring four tries and playing some outstanding rugby. Lincoln will now rest this week ahead of some bigger challengers.
Lincoln coach Bob Kerr says that he was happy with the way his side played against Burnham and that as a game it was effectively over by half-time. He said Burnham however never gave up and scored two late tries. “We played well and some of our ball skills were very good. I am happy with where we are at.”
Waihora showed last weekend that they are serious about defending the Coleman Shield with a 19-17 win against Southbridge. Waihora hasn’t had the easiest of seasons so far and so they will be heartened by the result. Southbridge will not be too despondent, however.
Although they finished third equal in the combined competition, they have been affected by injury in recent weeks and so pushing Waihora wasn’t a bad effort. It will be interesting to see the impact that Dan Carter has on their spirits at whatever stage he turns out for them.
It therefore appears that Lincoln and Waihora will be joined by Darfield (who had the bye last weekend) and Southbridge in the semi-finals. There is daylight between these four teams and the remainder and so that should set up two interesting and highly competitive semi-finals.
In the other match in Ellesmere last weekend, Prebbleton beat Hornby 19-7.
In North Canterbury it was business as usual last weekend. There appears to be daylight between Glenmark and the rest. Last weekend the men from Omihi beat Ashley 62-5 to retain the Deans Shield. They were stunning at stages in their win against Ashley.
In the other match in North Canterbury last weekend, Oxford beat Saracens 24-11.
Kaiapoi had the bye and now look the only side capable of beating Glenmark. They meet Glenmark next weekend at home in what promises to be the match of the competition so far. In the other match in North Canterbury this weekend, Saracens are at home to Ashley.
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