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Game Day - Week 5
SATURDAY 30th April 2016
SCORES: 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.
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 v LINCOLN UNIVERSITY
At Lincoln: High School Old Boys 23 (Angus Cameron, Will Hamilton tries; Jarred Percival 2 conv, 3 pen) beat Lincoln University 21 (Logan Crowley, Brett Cameron, Hugo Nankivell tries; Cameron 3 conv). HT: 14-7. Referee: Gareth Reed.
A new-look, very young Lincoln University side did remarkably well against a powerful opponent but were done by perfect goal-kicking from Old Boys first-five Jarred Percival.
With Old Boys down 17-21 with 9min to play, Percival landed a penalty goal into the wind from 40m out then 4min later repeated the effort from a similar distance but near the right touchline.
The Lincoln forwards stormed back in injury time and actually got across the line. But as soon as referee Gareth Reed signalled that the ball had been held up, he blew the whistle for full-time.
Percival did more for Old Boys than kick the match-winning goal as part of a 100% display in that facet. The lithe link sniped dangerously at the defensive line often and directed play shrewdly, both out of the hands and with the punting boot.
His Lincoln counterpart, Brett Cameron, missed a couple of penalty attempts he should have nailed in the first half but made up for that with a stunning solo try 10min into the second half after making strong bursts earlier.
Halfback Logan Crowley was stricken with cramp near the end and the home side were briefly down to 14 men at a crucial time. But the youngster had played his heart out after scoring the first of Lincoln’s three tries at the end of a brilliant movement in the first minute, started by right wing Nick Lake and furthered by a big carry from Hugo Nankivell.
The barrelling No.8 got himself on the scoresheet at the end of the third quarter, giving Lincoln the lead for the first time since the first minute.
Old Boys had plenty of experience and power up front and behind them the back three of Josh Taylor, Angus Blair and Maifei Taiulu-Feso, along with centre George Bridge, were a real handful.
Tall, strongly built halfback Will Hamilton scored Old Boys’ second try as part of a powerful running game which featured wide-ranging contributions beyond the normal halfback duties.
Bridge was replaced by Michael Green 15min into the second half and the former Lincoln University player, who has had a horrid run of injuries, leapt into the fray with hard straight running.
Old Boys lost captain Tom Stanley to injury just before half-time and near the end imposing No.8 Reed Prinsep came off with what looked to be a serious knee injury.
Lincoln were without Josh McKay, listed to play at fullback, because he has been called into the New Zealand under-20 team, along with Jordie Barrett, leaving the side more bereft. A lot of responsibility was taken on by dynamic flankers Luke McKenna and Anty Burnett, while hooker Josh Ma’u made his mark on the burst.
Hawkins MVP: Jarred Percival (Old Boys), Will Hamilton (Old Boys), Hugo Nankivell (Lincoln University).
The Peter Fulton-coached Christchurch were in exactly the same position as the senior Lincoln University side at the end of a pulsating encounter in the second division curtain-raiser _ held up over the line.
So Lincoln took a 20-14 win and with it the Challenge Shield.
Lincoln did a lot of defending in the last quarter, owing much to No.8 and captain Matt Heffernan and first-five Jonty Kay.
As Christchurch kept attacking, tiny halfback Shu Yotomashi scored a scorching try from a scrum while elusive fullback Leo Lafai and left wing Kimeon Reade stepped and strode into defensive holes. Hooker Angus Hawke scored a try as part of a good all-round display.
LINWOOD v MARIST ALBION
At Linfield Park: Linwood 31 (Paul Garner 2, Martin Solofua 2 tries; Zac Southen conv, pen; Aayden Clark 2 pen) beat Marist Albion 14 (Nathan Richards, Chris Crichton tries; Tom Reekie 2 conv). HT: 10-7. Referee: Chelsea Gurr. Sin-bin: Ross Kennedy (Marist Albion). Sent off: Tepasu Thomas (Linwood).
Fresh from a draw the previous week with competition leaders Lincoln University, Linwood took the field full of confidence and played accordingly putting away Marist Albion in a game with plenty of running rugby.
The home side’s forward pack was all power and purpose and continually put their opposites on the back foot particularly at scrum time.
Both sides contributed to a free-flowing game with some strong running in midfield which regularly stretched the respective defences.
Linwood captain and first-five Zac Southen conjured up some magic when in the space of 10min from resuming from the half-time break he twice broke the line with his incisive running to create tries and stretch the lead to 25-7 and provide a buffer they maintained to the final whistle.
Unfortunately, the game was marred minutes from the end when both forward packs came to off the ball blows with Linwood lock Tepasu Thomas red carded for kicking a player on the ground. Marist Albion captain Ross Kennedy was sin-binned for retaliation.
It was Marist Albion who registered the first points after 7min with a converted try to prop Nathan Richards following a strong pick-and-go assault on the line.
However, the self-belief that Linwood had showed in their reply with tries to flanker Paul Garner, who ran the short side from a ruck, and halfback Martin Solofua, who profited from a strong forward surge, to give Linwood a 10-7 lead at the break.
Shortly after the restart, Southen produced a sparkling run from set play and when lowered 10m short Garner was on hand to complete a double.
Solofua added his second following another solo run by Southen, who wrong-footed the defence before setting Solofua up with an inside pass.
Two penalties from replacement Aayden Clark, who moved to first-five and Southen to fullback in a backline reshuffle, rounded out their scoring.
Wing Chris Crichton did give his side a short-lived glimmer with a try after 65min when he ran through some lazy defence but the home side quickly reformed for a satisfying win.
Southen rose to the occasion with a good all-round intelligent game, choosing when to back himself to the benefit of his team. Centre Sam Limu-Franklin put some spark into midfield with his line breaks.
Both locks Tom Houghton and Thomas had sound games and provided their side with a plentiful supply of quality lineout ball. Garner hunted the fringes well to support the work being done in the tight.
Kennedy and flanker Charlie Gamble were to the forefront of the Marist Albion effort with Gamble providing sound cover on defence. Crichton was always thirsting for work and a threat to the opposition with ball in hand and fullback Dan Fransen added some thrust to the attack when he entered the line.
Hawkins MVP: Zac Southen (Linwood) 3, Paul Garner (Linwood) 2, Chris Crichton (Marist Albion) 1.
The early game resulted in 33-15 win to the Linwood division two side over Suburbs after they had lead 20-5 at the break.
With the lion’s share of possession, particularly in the first half, Linwood were able to dictate play and force Suburbs into a mostly containing role. Suburbs were able to show more enterprise in the second half and matched Linwood with two tries apiece.
With domination in the set pieces, Linwood flanker Ritchie Faulau was effective in running the ball forward in the loose, and behind the scrum the half first-five pairing of Cyrus Carroll and Aayden Clark moved the ball swiftly to their outsides. Clark would later go on to play a cameo role in the senior game as a replacement kicking two penalty goals.
Suburbs would take something from the game in that they were able to lift and be more competitive in the second spell. Lock Sio Tito and flanker Jordan Haylock provided some spirit and thrust to the attack.
NEW BRIGHTON v SUMNER
At Rawhiti Domain: New Brighton 28 (Zac Trusler 2, Aaron McCoy, Henare Faithful tries; Scott Davidson 4 conv) beat Sumner 8 (Jordan Sa try; Nik Cumming pen). HT: 14-3. Referee: Carl Johnson.
New Brighton wanted this game more than ever. The team sported black armbands and before the match began there was a minute’s silence to honour the passing of Kathy Pawson, mother of Brighton’s coach Scott Pawson.
New Brighton ripped into the game with the endeavour and passion that Kathy Pawson would have been proud of. Unfortunately, the clinical precision and accuracy needed for a complete performance was missing.
It was far from a vintage New Brighton performance, but one good enough to earn the win and also maximum points when the seasiders, thanks to a scintillating run by replacement hooker Zeke Dyson, scored its bonus-point fourth try after a 75m counter-attack in the last play of the game.
Dyson had big boots to fill replacing Marcel Cummings-Toone on the hour because the Brighton starting hooker had been instrumental in his team’s scrum dominance, aided in no small way by the pressure exerted by his props, Carisbrook Toomai’atai and Nikos Cummings-Toone.
Marcel Cummings-Toone inspired the first Brighton try after 6min, stealing a lineout throw to the back and making good ground before the ball was released to the backs. The ball was transferred to the left and back to the right where wing Zac Trusler got his legs pumping and propelled himself over the line in the tackle of two defenders.
Sumner’s only score in the first half was from a Nik Cumming penalty goal after 11min and Trusler had his second try after 25min when Sumner’s scrum, under intense pressure all match, was screwed and the ball fell free to Brighton halfback Reuben Spicer near the touch-line.
He made the initial break, angled infield, and Brighton had the numbers out right. Trusler had unmarked men outside him but he backed himself and again made it to the line through pace and determination. Fullback Scott Davidson converted both tries to have his team ahead by 11 points at the break.
Play became very scrappy in the second half, both teams dropping too much ball and Sumner finding it difficult to clear its own half with kicks for territory travelling little distance into the stiff easterly breeze.
What remained constant was Brighton’s scrum superiority and, while the seasiders coughed up too much possession through handling lapses, the resulting scrum to Sumner was of little benefit as the pack was forced to back-pedal.
Although under siege, Sumner defended stoically until the 63rd min when industrious No.8 Aaron McCoy crashed through a wall of defenders on the line after good work earlier by flanker Joe Stewart.
Sumner’s best period of play was in the last 10min when it finally spent time inside their opponent’s half. A series of penalties and relentless surges to the Brighton line went rewarded when man mountain replacement prop Jordan Sa powered 7m to the line after 77min.
There was time, however, for Brighton to gain its much-desired bonus point fourth try. Dyson, his little legs pumping like pistons, sprinted from deep inside his own half into Sumner territory before finding support from another replacement, John Villi. Villi was stopped a stride short but left wing Henare Faithful was on hand to dot down.
Davidson converted all four of Brighton’s tries but his tactical kicking was below his best. Trusler’s enthusiasm on the burst or on the chase was commendable and Robbie Mulvena made several powerful midfield breaks.
McCoy was all energy and enterprise in a good performing Brighton pack with the scrum outstanding.
Sumner lock Lawrence Babe called himself often in the lineouts and invariably won them despite the attention from towering marker Ben Nelson. Flanker Dylan Nel came into the game in the second half and captain and No.8 Josh Leszczuk did remarkably well to clear the ball from a retreating scrum.
The scrum problems meant Sumner’s dangerous midfield pairing of Marshall Suckling and Poasa Waqanibau rarely received front-foot ball.
Hawkins MVP: Aaron McCoy (New Brighton) 3, Zac Trusler (New Brighton) 2, Lawrence Babe (Sumner) 1.
University stunned table-topping New Brighton with a try in the first minute in the division two curtain-raiser and added two more in the next 28min to lead, 15-7. But unbeaten Brighton hit back with two tries late in the first half to lead, 17-15, at the break.
University’s effort became more disjointed in the second half and the home team was safe after scoring its sixth try after a lineout drive to lead, 34-15, with 11min to play. University scored a bonus-point try after 76min and a last-minute penalty by New Brighton gave it a 37-20 win.
Brighton hooker Dean Cations, having to play the full 80min because his back-up was attending a rock concert, relished the extra time and competed strongly throughout. Replacement No.8 Luciano Tessarolo brought drive and impetus in the second half.
Veteran wing Dayne Wipou, who came on at half-time, twice skirted his marker to set up tries, while fellow wing Alex Frew and fullback Trent Sherlock were dangerous attackers. University’s best back was wing-fullback Jonty Nesbitt, who showed a nice swerve and quick acceleration, and flanker Jamie Verstappen competed vigorously at the breakdowns in the first half.
SYDENHAM v BELFAST
At Rugby Park: Sydenham 77 (MisiLamositele 3, Amanaki Nicole 2, Jay Smith,
Ila Lamositele, Marc Gibbons, Mitch Hunt, Moses Faletolu, Jordan Stone tries; Kieran Lindsay 4 conv, 2 pen; Hunt 4 conv) beat Belfast 0. HT: 25-0. Referee: James Munro.
At the home of Canterbury Metro Rugby, Sydenham got their strategic, attacking and defensive `ducks lined up’ and dealt a hapless Belfast side a walloping, scoring 77 unanswered points including 11 tries.
Kicking off with a strong easterly behind them, Sydenham were 13 points up in 9min courtesy of two Kieran Lindsay penalty goals, a try to Jay Smith, and a Lindsay conversion.
On the back foot, starved for possession and being relentlessly ambushed by a cardinal’s team playing with skill, commitment and power, Belfast were facing an ominous task.
Debutante Sydenham skipper Misi Lamosetele was setting the tone for his mates by running hard at the line, defending strongly, and hoeing in at the contact and breakdown. He was rewarded 20min in with a try after a storming 40m run down the left flank swatting defenders off like flies.
In contrast, Belfast’s division one newbies, Oliver Marshall and Reuben Koster, were receiving a fiery baptism to this level, reduced to a defensive role as wave after wave of Sydenham attacking raids crashed into their team’s defence.
In the 26thmin, Sydenham were in again after Amanaki Nicole, having his best game in the Sydenham jersey, completed a team attack with a 35m run into the corner, Lindsay’s conversion brought up what was to be the half-time score of 25-0.
In the first half Belfast matched up well in the scrums and lineouts and made sporadic progress at the maul. However, because of the strong wind they were always trying to play from their own territory.
Sydenham scored 3min after the restart when Ila Lamositele scored and Lindsay converted. In the next 35min Sydenham amassed 45 points with seven further tries. Misi Lamosetele scored two and Nicole grabbed his second after a 65m solo run. Five were converted, one by Lindsay and four by Crusader’straining squad fullback Mitch Hunt.
Belfast were reduced to `chasing their tails’, being continually ambushed by Sydenham muggings at the contact followed by vigorous counter-attacks through backs and forwards combining right across the park.
However, the final score was not a full reflection of the opposition put up by Belfast. Sydenham had to work hard to earn many of their tries and it was only in the last 20min that a dispirited Belfast finally capitulated.
Sydenham’s effort produced a number of features. As it emptied its bench there was no drop off in intensity. Replacements like Scott Kelly simply took over from where their mate left off. The form of Hunt at fullback was an eye-opener. Whenever he entered the line his timing and angles punched holes in the defence.
The Lamositeli brothers were part of a trio of loose forwards who blew the opposition away at the contact and breakdown. Nicole relished freedom to move on the left wing and responded forcefully.
In a Belfast team in which the only statistic it led was a favourable 11 to 5 penalty count, lock Josh Eady, flanker Frank Havea and No.8 Amentia Tukana gave it their best shot at the set piece and in trying to take the ball up. Late replacement Neil Jackway had to delegate his manger’s role to take the field on the wing. One of his efforts probably summed up Belfast’s day. Joining a defensive maul on the left he somehow burst away on the right and made 35m only to find he had no support.
Hawkins MVP: Misi Lamositele (Sydenham) 3, Amanaki Nicole (Sydenham) 2, Ila Lamositele (Sydenham) 1.
No curtain raiser was played.
CHRISTCHURCH v SHIRLEY
At Burwood Park: Christchurch 48 (Inga Finau 2, Angus Middleton 2, Hamish Kilpatrick, Elliot Scott, Kieran Coll, Nick Annear tries; Cam Bailey 2 con, Dan Dorgan 2 con) beat Shirley 0. HT: 19-0. Referee: Scott Cunnold. Sin-bin: Hayden Mitchell (Shirley), Junior Taia (Shirley).
Christchurch’s dominance up front and superior handling skills ensured their clash with Shirley was all one-way traffic from the get go.
Shirley, who sit in the bottom four, had been competitive in their first four matches but looked out of their depth as Christchurch set about making a statement following their up and down 2-2 start to the year.
The scoring procession started early for the red-and-blacks. After they were thwarted on a raid down the left, from the ensuing quick tap, hard-running centre Inga Finau broke through one tackler as he hit a flat ball at pace to score.
After Shirley missed their only penalty goal attempt of the day in one of their few forays into Christchurch’s half in the opening 40min, Christchurch found themselves deep in Shirley’s 22m and nearly had their second when Brad Tucker failed to ground the ball after charging down a Shirley clearing kick.
They didn’t have to wait long, however, as hooker Hamish Kilpatrick barged his way over following a 5m lineout which Cam Bailey converted.
After being starved of the ball for most of the opening 30min, Shirley had an extended period of possession but failed to do anything with it and when they decided to go wide, Christchurch wing Elliot Scott was there to pounce as he ran 50m to score and make it 19-0 at half-time.
Shirley’s best moment of the match came early in the second half when wing Keita Sekimoto made a 40m burst that put them hot on attack but after back to back penalties their hands let them down and Christchurch cleared.
It wasn’t long before Christchurch was on attack again as they blew Shirley’s scrum apart time after time and Finau picked up his second from a grubber which was fumbled at the back.
Replacement flanker Angus Middleton scored a brace of tries within 4min of each other as he burst through after repeated attacking raids on Shirley’s line before he was the beneficiary of a clinical rolling maul.
Shirley’s cause wasn’t helped when they lost forwards Hayden Mitchell and Junior Taia to separate 10min spells on the side-line in the second half as Christchurch took full advantage with two pushover tries from 5m scrums in the dying minutes of the contest.
Inga Finau was the standout inChristchurch’s backline with a number of menacing runs which got his side on the front foot.
Finau opened the scoring in each half as he was constantly threatening Shirley’s defence whilst also proving a rock himself on defence to force Shirley into error.
Christchurch’s pack as a collective completely annihilated the Shirley eight.
At scrum time they were particularly dominant as they blew Shirley off their own ball on no less than six occasions to gain penalties and, in the final 10min, pushover tries.
A key member of their forward dominance was prop Kalolo Otutaha, who coupled with strong leg drive up front had a number of strong carries whilst also producing a good offload.
Flanker Brad Tucker was solid at lineout time and put plenty of pressure on the Shirley kickers which almost garnered him a try in the first half.
Hawkins Medal (MVP): Inga Finau (Christchurch) 3, Kalolo Otutaha (Christchurch) 2, Brad Tucker (Christchurch) 1.
It was a bad day for Shirley as they were soundly beaten 36-5 by Sydenham in the division two curtain-raiser.
After Sydenham raced out to a 15-0 lead in the first half, it appeared Shirley were back in the contest after they scored a try just before half-time before Sydenham lost two players to the sin bin, including halfback Josh Logan in the second half.
It wasn’t to be for Shirley, however, as Sydenham produced a master class on how to keep a team pinned in their own half despite being down on troops.
Shirley didn’t help themselves, however, as New Zealand Hawks AFL representative Levi Inglis failed to find touch with a couple of relieving penalties in an inconsistent performance as he also produced a couple of strong touch-finders in general play.
Sydenham crossed for three unanswered second-half tries. Halfback Logan was among their best while loosehead prop Ash Hyde was solid up front and had plenty of strong ball carries.
BURNSIDE v UNIVERSITY
At Burnside Park: University 51 (Marty McKenzie 3, Braydon Ennor 2, Bradley Hemopo 2, Nigel Gibb, Isaac Leota tries; Marty McKenzie 3 conv) beat Burnside 19 (Mitch Rhodes, Josh Gibbons, Sam Prosser tries; Luke Reihana 2 conv). HT: 29-0. Referee: Liam Scanlon. Sin-bin: Ben Kleinjan (Burnside).
It was a one-sided contest at Burnside Park, with University notching up nine tries to cruise to victory over Burnside.
The star of the show was undoubtedly fullback Marty McKenzie, who sparked the University attack, putting together a hat-trick of tries.
With their victory, University are now on a winning streak of three while Burnside are still yet to put a win on the board this season.
The match started badly for Burnside, with first-five James Logan sending the ball directly into touch from the kick-off. University then caught Burnside napping – throwing the ball in quickly and surging into opposition territory.
With the Burnside defence already stretched thin out wide, Marty McKenzie ghosted through and opened the scoring with less than 5min on the clock.
This opening exchange would set the tone for the rest of the game. On the scoreboard, the first half was all University, and they scored a further four tries to secure the bonus-point before the half-time whistle.
Burnside were not without their chances, however, and enjoyed a slight advantage in both territory and possession in the first half.
Wayward handling proved costly for them though. While hot on attack in University territory, an errant pass was snapped up by McKenzie. He offloaded the ball to left wing Braydon Ennor, who raced 90m past the covering defence to dot down under the posts.
Trailing 29-0 at the break, Burnside came out in the second half with a renewed sense of purpose.
After launching a number of attacks deep into University territory, Burnside’s pressure eventually paid off. Tries to halfback Mitch Rhodes and reserve prop Josh Gibbons, capitalising on some fairly soft University defence, narrowed the score to 29-12.
The momentum soon swung back University’s way though, as they piled on another four tries to put the result beyond any doubt.
McKenzie picked up his hat-trick with a terrific individual try. Drifting into the line from fullback about 40m out, he stood-up his marker before chipping the full back and regathering the ball over the goal-line to score, à la Jeff Wilson.
Their final try was scored by No.8 Bradley Hemopo, who finished off a sweeping counter-attacking move to canter over in the left-hand corner.
The standout performer for University was undoubtedly McKenzie. Through both his elusive running and clever offloading, McKenzie was a genuine threat every time he touched the ball. The only flaw in his game was his goal-kicking, which was a sub-par three from eight (the last conversion attempt was taken by first-five Robert Sullivan).
In the forwards, Hemopo also played superbly, scoring two tries and setting up two more with some excellent offloading. Lock Danny Berghan consistently got over the gain-line with his powerful running.
For Burnside, while the backline struggled with their cohesion, the forward pack acquitted themselves well. Co-captain Tom Lindsay ran hard all game from the No.8 position, while hooker Ged Robinson was industrious in the tight exchanges and accurate at line-out time.
Hawkins MVP: Marty McKenzie (University) 3, Bradley Hemopo (University) 2, Danny Berghan (University) 1.
Burnside came out on top, 44-29, against High School Old Boys in an entertaining division two curtain-raiser. Although Burnside led throughout the match, it wasn’t until the final quarter that the result was put beyond doubt.
Evenly poised at 30-29 with 20min to go, two late tries to second-five Mitch Chapman and wing Mike Rasmussen sealed the victory for Burnside.
Old Boys had the edge in set pieces throughout the match, but could not keep up with Burnside’s strong running and offloading game for the full 80min.
The Burnside centre combination was in great form. Second-five Mitch Chapman was a constant threat, dotting down for two tries, while centre Lewis Voison slotted three penalties and five conversions in a faultless kicking display.
For Old Boys, lock Hamish Marriott put in a strong performance with ball in hand, which was capped off by an improbable chip and chase try from about 40m out.
Points as at 30th April
HAWKINS DIVISION 2 - CUP
Challenge Shield Match – Lincoln University Win
Lincoln University 20 v. Christchurch 14, Burnside 44 v. HSOB 29, Belfast 0 v. Sumner 31, Linwood 34 v. Suburbs 15, Lyttelton 34 v. Marist Albion 24, Shirley 5 v. Sydenham 36, New Brighton 37 v. University 20;
HAWKINS COLTS PREMIER - CUP
Challenge Shield Match – Burnside Win
Lincoln University 8 v. Burnside 13, Sydenham 14 v. Marist Albion 20, Shirley 7 v. HSOB 98, University 24 v. Belfast 8, Linwood 0 v. Christchurch 50, New Brighton bye;
HAWKINS DIVISION 3
Challenge Shield Match - Marist Albion Beacons Retain
Marist Albion Beacons 54 v. Otautahi 12, Marist Albion 37 v. Burnside 21, University 5 v. HSOB 41, Suburbs 7 v. Christchurch 54;
METRO COLTS - CUP
Challenge Shield Match - HSOB Retain
HSOB 28 v. Lincoln University 26, Glenmark-Cheviot 17 v. Burnside 21, Ashley 23 v. Sumner 12, New Brighton 0 v. Merivale Papanui 50, CBHS 2nd XV 23 v. Christchurch 15, Marist Albion 25 v. Linwood 31, University bye;
METRO DIVISION 4 - CUP
Challenge Shield Match - Marist Albion Retain
Marist Albion 20 v. Suburbs S 15, Belfast 27 v. Shirley W 24, Burnside 7 v. New Brighton 79, Lyttelton v. Shirley, no result received;
CLASSICS - CUP
Challenge Shield Match – Belfast M Retain
Christchurch C 29 v. HSOB K 18, Sumner S 7 v. Sydenham S 24, Belfast M 38 v. Linwood B 21;
WOMENS - CUP
Challenge Shield Match - University Retain
University 46 v. Suburbs 19, Linwood v. Marist Albion, Linwood win by default, Burnside 19 v. Kaiapoi 29, Lincoln 0 v. Christchurch 50, Sydenham 17 v. HSOB 36, Burn/Duns/Irwell bye;
CRUSADERS SECONDARY SCHOOLS - UC CHAMPIONSHIP
Rangiora HS 22 v. Nelson College 38, Christchurch BHS 18 v. Marlborough B C 22, Christs College 39 v. Burnside HS 17, Ashburton College 14 v. Shirley BHS 38, Lincoln HS 7 v. Timaru BHS 92, St Thomas 10 v. Waimea Combined 23, St Bedes College 40 v. Roncalli College 6, St Andrew's College bye;
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