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Luisetti Seeds Division 1 - Update
Lincoln celebrated veteran No.8 Matt Lowe’s 200th game with a timely return to form in the Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Cup on Saturday.
The red and blacks claimed a 34-7 win against neighbouring Prebbleton to secure third spot in their section, after a dreadful 3-all draw against lowly Celtic the previous week.
Lincoln’s forwards dominated their opponents, with the double centurion himself scoring three tries - two directly from scrums.
“We had to take it back to basics because we played terribly (against Celtic). To be anywhere in the top four on this side of the competition, we did need to perform,” Matt said after the game.
Experienced midfielder Dale Eathorne, who has not played this season due to injury, came off the bench in the second half and made an immediate impact.
Oxfordhad the top spot wrapped up, but beat Saracens 30-13 for good measure.
Rakaia also warmed up for the playoffs with a 41-32 win against Celtic.
Glenmark pipped Southern for fourth spot and will be a tricky prospect on the weekend.
In section two, Methven showed their class with a 33-13 against nearest rivals Kaiapoi.
Last season’s North Canterbury champions still hold second spot, but will be concerned about dropping consecutive matches after being previously unbeaten.
Waihora claimed their second win of the season, with a 27-19 win against West Melton.
Bottom-placed Hampstead pulled off the upset of the round by beating Ashley 21-10.
Ohoka lost 45-17 to Burnham, but can be pleased with two wins in their debut combined competition season.
Coach Ray Southam says the step up to division one has been tough, but “no surprise”.
“It’s a learning curve for us and it’s all about the future, not just this year,” he says.
“The boys are working hard and we’re playing better than we were at the beginning.”
The side led section leaders Methven 23-20 in their clash earlier in the round, only to lose 60-23.
“We’ve been outmanoeuvred by the better teams, there’s no doubt about that,” Ray says.
“This is where we belong, not in div two, even though we may be 12th in the pecking order.”
Defence needs much improvement before the North Canterbury round after they conceded an average of 39 points per game.
“Sometimes we get a bit disorganised in defence and shoot ourselves in the foot. When we have the ball, we actually play quite well.”
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