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Hawkins Division 1 Round Up - Week 7
The clash of the Universities, Lincoln and Canterbury, for the Hart-O’Reilly Trophy had all the makings of a rugby thriller.
University went into the Hawkins Cup seventh round match leading the metro Division One competition by a point from New Brighton with Lincoln University a further point back. But it was more of a fizzer than a thriller on Saturday with Lincoln far superior.
The rural students scored seven tries and conceded two in their 27-point win over University and with New Brighton losing by four points to fourth-placed Christchurch, Lincoln University found itself three points clear and on course for a fourth successive Hawkins Cup.
While the big boys battled it out, Sumner had one of its proudest moments in senior rugby, taking the DCL Shield for the first time in the club’s history and embarrassing High School Boys with a 29-point victory.
Old Boys were rocked from the start, down 21 points after 12min and behind by 24 at the break. Sumner was coming off three straight losses whereas Old Boys had won their last three games including wins over Cup champions Lincoln University and runner-up New Brighton.
Lincoln University’s halves combination of seasoned halfback Jack Stratton and exciting newcomer Brett Cameron tormented University which had to revamp its backline at late notice with second-five Isaac Leota not being available.
University dropped to equal second with New Brighton, which matched Christchurch two tries apiece but was unable to kick any penalties. Linwood, with wing Kalavini Leatigaga scoring a hat-trick of tries, scored its expected win against bottom-placed Burnside but it was made to work hard for its five points.
Belfast rocked Marist Albion early, leading 14-5 after 20min and 14-10 at the break, but it was swamped in the second half and was kept scoreless while conceding 26 points.
Sydenham won its fourth successive game, scoring six tries, all converted by Kieran Lindsay, against Shirley. Sydenham was in control early, having its bonus point after 31min and leading by 26 points at half-time. The Cardinals lie sixth on the table but only three points adrift of second place.
Old Boys first-five Jarred Percival is just one point shy of becoming the first player to rack up 100 points while the leading try-scorers are Linwood wing Kalavini Leatigaga and Sydenham counterpart Amanaki Nicole, both with six.
The Hawkins Medal competition is led by rival Universities halfbacks, Jack Stratton (Lincoln) and Finlay Christie (Canterbury), on nine points.
SCORES: Christchurch 18 New Brighton 14; Lincoln University 44 University 17; Sumner 51 HSOB 22; Linwood 34 Burnside 21; Marist Albion 36 Belfast 14; Sydenham 45 Shirley 17.
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