Springston makes Darfield work

by Kent Caddick

Darfield was made to work hard for the points in its match against Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Division One rugby competition newcomers Springston on Saturday.

Prior to all matches this weekend a moment’s silence was held to mark the passing of Canterbury and All Black rugby legend Fergie McCormick.

Once the game got underway, Darfield knew it was in for a battle against the home side as Springfield scored early to take a 5–0 lead.

However, tries to Sheldon Reed and Alex Parker, gave Darfield a 10–5 advantage at half-time. Parker extended Darfield’s lead with a long-range try after the break.

Springston held tough and number eight, Sean Powell, barrelled over for a try to reduce the deficit, but Darfield held on to take the match 17–10.

Elsewhere defending champions Southbridge had a narrow 19–15 win over North Canterbury powerhouse Glenmark, Waihora thumped Hampstead 79–19, Lincoln edged Selwyn rivals Burnham/Dunsandel/Irwell 30–21, Prebbleton lost its unbeaten record going down 10–15 against Hurunui and West Melton lost to Saracens 17–35 to remain winless this season.

Full results Luisetti Seeds Combined Country Division 1: Section A: West Melton 17 v 35 Saracens, Waihora 79 v 19 Hampstead; Glenmark Cheviot 15 v 19 Southbridge; Ashburton Celtic 81 v 7 Ashley; Lincoln 30 v 21 BDI; Ohoka –bye. Section B: Methven 21 v 23 Southern; Kaiapoi 85 v 10 Hornby; Springston 10 v 17 Darfield; Oxford 32 v 20 Prebbleton; Hurunui 25 v 10 Rolleston; Rakaia –bye.Springston halfback Jack Hardacre clears from a ruck

Sheldon Reed plunges over for Darfield’s first score of the match