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Hawkins Division 1 Round Up - Week 6
UNIVERSITY JUST AHEAD OF CHASING CUP PACK
A mouth-watering prospect awaits next Saturday when leader University confronts Hawkins Cup champion for the last three years, Lincoln University, in round seven of the Metro Division One competition.
The student rivalry at Lincoln University will take centre stage, but another significant clash will occur at Christchurch Park where last year’s Cup runner-up New Brighton, which lies second on the log, opposes last season’s beaten championship finalist, Christchurch, which sits in fourth place.
University, courtesy of maximum points against Linwood in round six on Saturday, leads the competition by a point from previous co-leader New Brighton which managed only three tries in its 10-point win against eastern suburbs rival Shirley.
Lincoln University is just two points adrift of University in third place after its bonus-point win against fourth-placed Linwood, while Christchurch improved to fourth, on 20 points, with an 11-point win over Burnside which gained its first competition point by scoring four tries.
Burnside led 26-14 at the break at Christchurch Park, but the home team, probably on the back of some strong words at half-time by their coaches, showed their class in the second half, scoring 23 points and keeping Burnside scoreless.
Halfback Finlay Christie, now a clear leader in the Hawkins Medal Most Valuable player competition, had an inspired game for University, which after leading 27-7 at half-time, was outscored by Linwood in the second half.
High School Old Boys first-five Jarred Percival scored one of Old Boys’ 13 tries in their rout of Belfast. He kicked eight conversions from 10 attempts and his haul of 21 points lifted him to 94 on the points-scoring list, 35 points ahead of Sumner first-five Nik Cumming.
New Brighton and Shirley scored three tries each at Rawhiti Domain where home team Brighton won more comfortably than the 10-point margin might suggest. Shirley’s first try was from an intercept and the last two came late in the game.
Sydenham wings, Milford Keresoma and Amanaki Nicole, along with flanker Jay Smith, all scored two tries in their 13-point win over Sumner. Sumner embarrassed the Sydenham scrum and the home team also conceded too many penalties.
Lincoln University was reinforced by the return of some experienced, key players and that helped it to pull away from Marist Albion in the second half after leading by only five points at the break.
SCORES: University 35 Linwood 22; Lincoln University 43 Marist Albion 26; Christchurch 37 Burnside 26; HSOB 87 Belfast 10; New Brighton 27 Shirley 17; Sydenham 45 Sumner 32.
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