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Hawkins Division 1 Round Up - Week 5
NEW CUP LEADERS AS LINCOLN UNIVERSITY ROLLED
University and New Brighton share the Hawkins Cup lead after previously unbeaten Lincoln University succumbed to High School Old Boys in their fifth round Metro Division One clash on Saturday.
It was Lincoln University’s first Cup loss in two years and while the rural students picked up a bonus-point in their two-point loss, University and New Brighton claimed maximum points in their respective wins over Burnside and Sumner to assume the lead on 21 points.
Lincoln University (19), Linwood (18), Christchurch (15) and Marist-Albion (14) round out the top six.
It has gone from dross to gold for Old Boys in the last fortnight.
An unconvincing first-round win against Sydenham was the prelude to defeats by Marist Albion and Shirley which left them among the competition tail-enders, but in the last two weeks they have toppled last year’s Cup runner-up New Brighton and the title-holder, Lincoln University.
Old Boys’ win was not really a surprise especially as Lincoln had been cruelly decimated through injuries and other commitments. The inexperienced side battled hard to retain the DCL Shield and led by four points with 9min to play.
But two superb penalty goals into the wind and from some distance out by Old Boys first-five Jarred Percival, who succeeded with all five goal attempts, proved telling. Even then Lincoln nearly stole the game in the last minute, crossing the line but not being able to force the ball.
Crusaders back Marty McKenzie produced another stellar performance for University in his second appearance for the club. The fullback scored 31 points on debut against Belfast in round three and he contributed 21 to University’s 51 against bottom-placed Burnside.
McKenzie scored three of the 11 tries and kicked three conversions to advance his points tally to 52 in two games, leaving him only behind Percival (73).
New Brighton scored a break out try in the last minute to get a bonus-point win against Sumner in the seaside derby. Sumner defended stoutly and pressurised Brighton into many errors, but the dominant Brighton scrum made it difficult for the backs to receive any front-foot ball.
Sydenham, which had scored seven tries in the first four rounds, ran in 11 and piled on 77 points against a Belfast side which has seen its fortunes wax and wane. Belfast was kept scoreless for the first time.
Christchurch improved a position to fifth with an emphatic win over Shirley, another team which failed to register a point, while Marist Albion dropped a place to sixth when beaten by the team a place below it, Linwood, by 17 points.
Linwood first-five Zac Southen played a starring role as Linwood showed its draw with Lincoln University the previous week was no flash in the pan.
HSOB 23 Lincoln University 21; Linwood 31 Marist Albion 14; New Brighton 28 Sumner 8; Sydenham 77 Belfast 0; Christchurch 48 Shirley 0; University 51 Burnside 19.
For more, check out this week's Game Day Feature, http://www.canterburycommunityrugby.co.nz/main/index.cfm/1,649,5752,0,html/Game-Day-Week-5
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