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Hawkins Division 1 Round Up - Week 4
Few, if any, punters would have been on the mark with their picks in round four of the Metro Division One competition for the Hawkins Cup on Saturday.
The unbeaten Lincoln University and New Brighton, both with the maximum 15 points after three rounds, stumbled against their respective rivals, Linwood and High School Old Boys, although Lincoln was able to draw and preserve its unbeaten record.
Not so for New Brighton, runner-up to Lincoln University in the Cup last year. The seasiders self-destructed against Old Boys, conceding 15 points in the last 10min to succumb by seven. The irony will not be lost on Old Boys who squandered a big lead late in the game and lost by a point to Shirley the previous week.
But the surprises did not stop there. Belfast, which had not won a Cup game since 2012, must have thought that record was about to continue when Burnside received a handy penalty in the last minute.
Burnside’s goal-kicking had been a problem all game and again the match-winning shot sailed wide. From the restart, Belfast gained possession and broke out, man of the match winner Frank Havea sprinting 30m to end Belfast’s Cup drought.
At Sydenham Park, the home team toppled fourth-placed Christchurch, last year’s beaten championship finalist. Christchurch fought back from 9-0 down to lead 15-12 with 10min to play, but a raft of Sydenham substitutes brought the desired result and a shell-shocked Christchurch conceded 12 points in the run home.
Marist Albion and University were two teams to justify their favouritism. Marist Albion scored six of the first eight tries in their match against Shirley, but Shirley kept fighting to the finish and two late tries earned them a bonus point.
University was too strong in the forwards for Sumner and scored six tries in its third win for the season, one that put them into equal second with New Brighton, two points adrift of Lincoln University. Marist Albion, Linwood and Christchurch round out the top six.
Linwood and Lincoln produced the first draw of the season. Linwood led by three at half-time and still by that margin with 5min to play having scored five tries to Lincoln’s four. But in the dying moments, Lincoln was awarded a penalty 35m out and first-five Brett Cameron was equal to the occasion, bringing his match total to 15.
Hawkins Division 1: Linwood 35 Lincoln University 35, Sumner 10 University 34, Sydenham 24 Christchurch 15, HSOB 27 New Brighton 20, Belfast 26 Burnside 17, Marist Albion 37 Shirley 22;
For More, Check out this week's Game Day Feature: http://www.canterburycommunityrugby.co.nz/main/index.cfm/1,649,5743,0,html/Game-Day-Week-4
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