Rugby season gets under way

by Kent Caddick

It was a good start to the rugby season for most of the Selwyn sides in the Luisetti Seeds Division One Combined Competition.

While most matches were played on Saturday, Darfield kicked the season off last Thursday when it hosted Methven.

In a tight match Darfield came out on top of the section two clash 26-24.

On Saturday Lincoln got its season under way with a 43-0 crushing of Mid-Canterbury side Hampstead when they met in section one. With champions Southbridge having the bye round, close rivals Waihora looked to get the jump on them, but came up short in the match against Saracens in Rangiora going down 14-16; while West Melton was no match for North Canterbury giants Glenmark-Cheviot who took the match 47-12.

The combined Burnham-Dusandel-Irwell side had a good first up win over Ashley, running away with the match 43-17.

In section two Rakaia was far too strong for Rolleston, steamrolling the home side 57-5 at Rolleston Domain.

Prebbleton and Springston got their seasons underway with first up wins, Prebbleton winning 29-14 over Hurunui; while Springston held off Kaiapoi to take the points 27-24.

Full results: Section One: Hampstead 0 v Lincoln 43; Glenmark-Cheviot 47 v West Melton 21; Celtic 48 v Ohoka 17; Saracens 16 v Waihora 14; Ashley 17 v BDI 43; Southbridge-bye. Section Two: Darfield 26 v Methven 24; Springston 27 v Kaiapoi 24; Prebbleton 29 v Hurunui 14; Rolleston 5 v Rakaia 57; Southern 30 v Oxford 15; Hornby-bye.