Waihora opens up a clear lead

by Kent Caddick

Waihora has opened up a four-point lead in its section of the Combined Country division one rugby competition after the weekend’s round.

Waihora downed the Selwyn combined club, Burnham Dunsandel Irwell, on Saturday to move to 39 points in Section A, four points clear of Saracens, which lost to fellow North Canterbury side Glenmark Cheviot, 15–32.

Southbridge halted its slide down the points table in Section A with a 43–25 thumping of Ohoka and now lay fourth on the points table, eight points adrift of fierce Selwyn rival Waihora.

West Melton improved its standings in the section, recording its second win of the season, a 33–26 win over Mid-Canterbury side Hampstead.

Also in Section A, Lincoln was made to work hard for the points when Ashburton Celtic visited Lincoln Domain.

Lincoln winger Jacon Edy is wrapped up by a couple of Celtic defenders

Lincoln, watched by club member and recently reselected All Black, Joe Moody, who copped a two-match suspension in the Crusaders win over the Waratahs the previous weekend, scored early and late in the first half to take a 12–10 lead into the halftime break. Ashburton struck early in the second half, but two tries to Lincoln soon had it back on top. 

However, the home side had to withstand an Ashburton comeback late in the half when Lincoln was reduced to 14 men after a yellow card, but it managed to hold on to take the win, 29–27.

In Section B Darfield continued its slide down the table with a narrow 24–21 loss to Rakaia while newcomers Springston sit top of the table after its 33–7 win over Hurunui, and is now one point clear of Prebbleton which sat out the weekend with a bye.

Rolleston racked up its first win of the season with a 27–8 win over Hornby to lift it off the bottom of the table.