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Metro Division 1 Update
Upset losses suffered by their nearest rivals have gifted High School Old Boys a sizeable lead in the Metro division one standings.
Old Boys easily accounted for Lincoln University 47-14 on Saturday despite not playing their best rugby for the full 80 minutes, and remain unbeaten after seven rounds.
They now top the standings with 33 points, eight points clear of New Brighton and nine ahead of Christchurch, who both lost in the last minute of their matches on the weekend.
Linwood pivot Josh Hall ruined Christchurch’s club day when he landed the sideline conversion of Zac Southen’s try, handing the green-and-blacks a 13-11 win.
New Brightonalso conceded a late try to lose by two points to University, who reclaim the Dick Hockley Memorial Trophy.
The seasiders clung to a 15-12 lead with the clock winding down.
However, University wing Rhys Llewellyn swooped on a loose ball in the 78th minute and sprinted away to score.
Old Boys piled on 24 points in the first quarter of their match, but abandoned the free-flowing game, allowing Lincoln University to claw back.
Their class eventually shone through and they ran away in the second half.
After missing the top six last season, Old Boys have turned a corner under the guidance of former All Blacks and Crusaders stars Aaron Mauger and Reuben Thorne.
Aaron says the team prepared well for the season.
“I thought on the back of that preparation we had a good chance of getting off to a good start,” he says.
“I didn’t expect to be seven from seven halfway through, so it’s very pleasing.”
The players have bought into the new coaching duo’s fresh ideas, Aaron says.
“They’ve stuck together, played very well as a team, and it’s been great to be a part of. It’s just another example of hard work paying off.”
In other matches, Sumner first five-eighths Marc Pringle nudged over a last-minute drop goal to snatch a two-point win against Marist-Albion, who led by 10 points at the break.
Burnside clung to a slender lead for the last 15 minutes against Sydenham to win 26-24, while Belfast scored its fourth success, beating win-less Shirley 31-15 at Burwood.
The Metropolitan committee, with help from journalist Bob Schumacher and other keen supporting writers, has introduced a weekly editorial on Metro division one rugby, which is published under the Metro tab of the CRFU website each Sunday around 3pm.
Visit www.crfu.co.nz/main/index.cfm/1,649,0,40,html/Game-Day to have a read.
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