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CBS Canterbury Cup - Division 2
While Sumner and Lyttelton are the talked about sides in Metro Division 2 this season, don’t rule out the lads from Lincoln University, who are also unbeaten so far.
While perhaps not as fancied as the seasiders or the wharfies, they have some very real talent within their squad. Like all university sides, they also have their fair share of characters on board.
As was reported last week, Lincoln University is running a squad system in Division 1 and 2 this season. This means that the squads do virtually everything together.
Coach Mark Herbert says that this management system is working well and that it ensures that there is plenty of competition within the club each week.
“There is always pressure on the Division 1 guys to step up each week and perform. They know that if they don’t then they may move back down to Division 2.”
Lincoln University’s Division 2 side is useful. Lock Lachlan Hadgezon is one of the best lineout forwards in the competition, as is his second-row partner Andrew Smith.
“We are fortunate at this club that we have some of the best locks in Canterbury,” Mark says. “We are never short of possession and our lineout normally works very well.”
Number eight Hamish Wright is another workaholic who never takes a backward step. “All these three players (Lachlan, Andrew and Hamish) have come from country rugby and they bring with them plenty of experience.”
Two of these players have played for the Division 1 side, suggesting that there is advancement for the players that play well for the Division 2 side.
Also in the Lincoln University side are a couple of international players. “We have a Frenchman, Vincent Oriez, who goes really well and who brings with him plenty of flair, while we have an Australian, Charlie Archer, who has an AFL background and brings steel to our pack.”
Coaching these two sides might be seen as being a logistical nightmare for the coaches. Mark says that with co-coach Allan Lindsay they warm up the Division 2 side and watch half their match before heading to the Division 1 match. “We do our best to make sure
Mark says that he has been told that the Sumner side is extremely well-drilled and he knows that they will be tough. He is, however, yet to see Lyttelton play.
“As the cliché goes, we are trying to concentrate on what we are doing and get that right. If we can do that then we are in with a shot of winning the competition.”
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