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Luisetti Seeds Division 1 Round Up - Week 6
Southbridge showed they are the team to beat in the Luisetti Seeds Division 1 Competition, with a 32-23 win over Glenmark.
Southbridge made it six-from-six to sit comfortably on top of section one, the only unbeaten team in the Mid Canterbury, Ellesmere and North Canterbury combined club rugby competition.
With stalwart Michael Sheat playing his 150th game, Southbridge made a strong start with a double from Jale Masi, both converted by Shannon Donald to go with two penalties to lead 20-6.
Glenmark stayed in the game through the boot of Brook Retallick, with his fourth penalty on the stroke of halftime making it 12-20.
The Southbridge side that had looked like running away with it disappeared in the second half, making mistake after mistake.
Glenmark made them pay with a try to Chris Keane and a further two penalties to Retallick to lead by three inside the final 10 minutes.
Having struggled to string anything together for over 35 minutes, Southbridge produced two quick fire tires to to Elia Ratucove and Mateo Raturawa to snatch the win and a bonus point.
Lincoln overpowered Rolleston 53-27 to move into second.
Burnham-Dunsandel-Irwell suffered back-to-back defeats as Saracens claimed a three point win.
Level at 10-all at halftime, a solitary penalty goal from Saracens proved the difference.
Kaiapoi collected a 26-3 away win over West Melton while defending champions Methven remain winless after they lost to Hampstead for the first time in 16 meetings.
Hampstead's 22-17 win also had them lift the Max Gilbert challenge trophy.
Over in section two, the crucial match between top-four contenders Ashley and Celtic in Loburn was called off after 20 minutes.
Celtic hooker Allan Dampney suffered a neck injury and waited 40 minutes to be choppered to hospital while the game was postponed and was replayed on Tuesday night - with Ashley winning the close encounter 16-13, with a final penalty in the last play of the match.
Dampney has since be cleared of any serious injury.
Waihora recorded a comprehensive 42-6 bonus point win over Oxford in Tai Tapu.
Rakaia had a bonus point 31-22 win over Hornby. Cawte Whiting scored a double as his side was abel to secure the win after wing Leps Setava was red carded.
Darfield made it four wins-in-a-row with a 22-7 win over Prebbleton, after Kieran Meikle scored a first-half hattrick. Southern made it back-to-back wins with a 55-18 win over Ohoka in Hinds.
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