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PGG Wrightson Division 1 - Update

21 Apr 2010

Dale EathorneLincoln and Glenmark showed that experience in the big matches means something with close wins in their two respective local derbies last weekend.

Lincoln took on Waihora at home and ran out 23-18 winners. Although the red and blacks never looked in danger of losing against their arch rivals, the win was tight with Lincoln up only 15-10 at the break.

“We are happy with the win,” Lincoln coach James Jowsey says. “Neither team dominated the match, but I thought that our lineout and our rolling maul was perhaps slightly better and that made a difference.”

James says that as with all matches against Waihora, his players were excited by the challenge. “We had something of a disjointed pre-season and so I thought we were a game or two away from our best, but it is never difficult to get the boys up to play Waihora.”

This is the case not only because of the tradition but because the Pietzner family has loyalties on both sides. Jason captains Lincoln, while Carl also turns out for the red and blacks. Gareth, however, plays for Waihora.

“I asked their parents whether they were supporting Lincoln in the first half and Waihora in the second, but they said they tended to support Lincoln,” James laughs.

For Lincoln one of he stars was lock Mark Stanbury, who not only excelled in the lineout but around the paddock as well. “He is a young guy doing a great job in his first season of senior rugby,” James says.

Up at Oxford in section 2, Glenmark took on the home side in another titanic local struggle. After winning the North Canterbury final last season, Oxford started as favourites and actually led 10-3 at the break.

Although Glenmark are rebuilding to some degree, they showed enormous heart to come back in the second half and thanks to tries by loose forwards Shane Clements and Jamie Grey, ran out 17-13 winners.

“I think both sides would have been happy with the match and how tight it was,” Glenmark coach Mike Loughnan says. “It’s always difficult for us to play in Oxford as their home crowd gets behind them, but I thought we showed great character to come back.”

Glenmark has another big match this weekend as they take on Darfield at Omihi in what promises to be the match of the round. Darfield meanwhile had a 22-0 win against Southbridge last weekend.

In other Section 1 matches, Saracens went down 22-25 to Southern, Burnham beat Celtic 31-8 and Collegiate went down 12-19 to West Melton.

In Section 2, Ashley lost 10-17 to Prebbleton, Kaiapoi beat Methven 15-11 and Hampstead beat Rakaia 37-15. Hornby had the bye in this section.

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