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Luisetti Seeds Division 1 Round Up - Week 7
By Jonathan Leask (Northern Outlook/Central Canterbury News)
Two rounds remain in the Luisetti Seeds Division 1 rugby competition and the number of contenders has been cut to 10 teams.
The top four from each 10-team section will progress to the quarter-finals and as it stands after eight rounds, five teams are in with a shot in each section.
In section one Southbridge locked in their place in the playoffs with a seventh straight win, beating Lincoln 39-10 for a sixth four-try bonus point to have 34 points.
Despite the loss, Lincoln remain in the running, tied on 25 points with Glenmark and Burnham-Dunsandel-Irwell (BDI).
Glenmark chalked up a win by default over an injury-hit West Melton, giving them the weekend off to freshen up ahead of a clash with Kaiapoi.
Coming off back-to-back losses, BDI overpowered Hampstead 61-15.
Saracens also remain in the hunt for the playoffs following a 43-18 win over defending champions Methven in Rangiora.
The bonus point win put Saracens in fifth on 24 points while Methven are languishing at the bottom of the table without a win.
Kaiapoi claimed a third win of the season beating Rolleston 38-29 in Rolleston.
An upset under lights has kept five teams in contention in section two.
On Thursday night, Southern stepped up at home to beat Rakaia 21-13 in Hinds.
Southern's third win-in-a-row, which has them long shots at sneaking into the top four, had Rakaia overtaken by the resurgent Darfield and kept the door ajar for Celtic.
After two narrow defeats to start the season, Darfield have won five in a row after beating Oxford 16-14 to move into third.
Celtic secured a crucial bonus point in beating Ohoka 53-12 at Mandeville.
The big nine tries to two win has them still in the frame in fifth place on 21 points but will need to bank at least 10 points over the final two rounds and have other results go their way.
Waihora and Ashley are tied at the top with 28 points but they will be separated after they square off in round eight at Tai Tapu on Saturday.
Both sides ran in big wins in round seven.
Waihora proving too good for Prebbleton 33-3 while Ashley outclassed Hornby 43-26.
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