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Luisetti Seeds Division 1 Round Up - Week 8
By Jonathan Leask (Northern Outlook/Central Canterbury News)
The Combined Country Cup round-robin is set for a sudden-death finish with four key matches set to determine the quarter-finalists.
In both sections, one team is assured of a top-four spot with four teams vying for the other three berths.
In section two, two first half tries proved enough for Waihora to get past Ashley 14-13 in Loburn.
The top-of-the-table clash was dictated by the blustery conditions with tries from Bronson Munro and Mark Maitland just before halftime had Waihora up 14-3, after a Lance Taylor penalty right on halftime.
A converted try to Toby Ashby and a second Taylor penalty made it a one-point ball game but Waihora held on to take top spot on 32 points and a guaranteed place in the quarter-finals.
That sets up two key clashes to determine the top four, with Celtic (26) at home to Darfield (30) and Rakaia (28) up against Ashley (29).
Celtic cleaned up Prebbleton 62-14 with a 10-try effort in Ashburton.
Darfield's win streak stretched to six with a 39-21 win over Hornby with a double from James Murphy and 14 points from Scott Mitchell.
Rakaia recorded a 31-6 win over Ohoka with two tries from Seta Koroitamana.
In the other clash Oxford outgunned Southern 42-25.
Over in Section one, Southbridge locked in a home playoff berth with a 48-24 win over Hampstead in Ashburton, collecting their seventh bonus point from eight-straight wins after scoring eight tries, including two from Willie McGoon.
Lincoln's 31-17 win over Methven has them move up into second equal with Burnham-Dunsandel-Irwell and left the defending champions staring down the barrel of a winless round robin with the unbeaten Southbridge in the last round.
BDI picked up a bonus point in a shut-out 41-0 win over Rolleston.
Lincoln(30) and BDI (30) will square off for a potential home quarter-final with the loser still in with a chance to miss out all together.
Saracens raced to a 24-5 lead over West Melton by halftime and doubled their tally in the second half for a bonus point 52-10 win to go level with Glenmark on 29 points, setting up a winner-takes-all clash when the sides meet in Cheviot in round nine.
The boot of Brook Retallick got Glenmark home over the Kaiapoi 27-24. With the scores locked at 24-all Retallick stepped up and landed a 40m shot into the wind to avoid an upset from his former side.
Tries to Duke Lowe and Sam Greenwood were both converted by Retallick to go with a penalty for a 15-7 lead, with Simon Gunn dotting down for the hosts.
Wing Billy Baravi busted through for Kaiapoi's second try and 17-year-old debutant Paris Kara then scored and with a third conversion from Dante Love Kaiapoi hit the lead 21-18.
The sides then traded penalties before Retallick kicked the winner on fulltime.
S1: Methven 17 Lincoln 31, BDI 41 Rolleston 0, Kaiapoi 24 Glenmark 27, Hampstead 24 Southbridge 48, Saracens 52 West Melton 10.
S2: Ashley 13 Waihora 14, Oxford 42 Southern 25, Ohoka 6 Rakaia 31, Darfield 39 Hornby 21, Celtic 62 Prebbleton 14.
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