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Hawkins Division 1 Round Up - Week 8
Enigmatic High School Old Boys kept alive their hopes of a top six finish in the Metro Division One competition for the Hawkins Cup with a seven-point victory over Christchurch in their round eight clash at Rugby Park on Saturday.
Old Boys started the round in eighth place, four positions behind Christchurch, but whereas Christchurch failed to make the most of their opportunities, Old Boys took advantage of their limited chances to score a vital win, one that saw it leap-frog Marist Albion into seventh slot.
If ever a team needed to be swabbed it is Old Boys. The 2014 Trophy champions have beaten defending Cup champion Lincoln University, last year’s runner-up New Brighton, and now Christchurch, the beaten championship finalist last season.
Mixed with those fine achievements have been losses to Marist Albion, Shirley and Sumner, all teams in the bottom half of the competition. Old Boys have another chance to claim an important scalp next Saturday when they oppose University at Ilam.
University, equal second after seven rounds, dropped to fifth when it lost at home to New Brighton, the team which shared second spot. New Brighton, with its scrum in control, started strongly and held sway for most of the match, but it was denied a bonus-point try in the last play.
Fullback Scott Davidson slid into the corner flag as he went for the fourth try. The referee was unsighted but after consulting his assistant referee the ruling went against New Brighton.
Lincoln University consolidated its lead and increased it to four points over New Brighton with an expected rout of Belfast. Belfast kept the three times Cup champion to a 14-point half-time lead but it was all one-way traffic in the second spell. Lincoln scored 11 tries, two to second-five Jordie Barrett, who had a match haul of 29 points.
The DCL Shield changed hands for the second time in a week when Linwood, now equal third on the standings, overcame Sumner in a low-scoring affair at St Leonard’s Square. Sydenham joined Linwood in third place with a six try-to-two, 39-18, win over Marist Albion, which is in danger of missing the top six after a four-win, four-loss record.
While University and Sumner were unable to celebrate their club days with success, Shirley did give their supporters reason to propose a celebratory toast on its club day. Shirley posted its second win, a convincing 21-point victory over win-less Burnside.
SCORES: New Brighton 27 University 8; Sydenham 39 Marist Albion 18; HSOB 17 Christchurch 10; Shirley 24 Burnside 3; Linwood 16 Sumner 3; Lincoln University 74 Belfast 3.
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