Southbridge returns to winning ways

by Jill Dickie

Defending Coleman Shield holders Southbridge regained some momentum with a win over Prebbleton when the Ellesmere division one competition got underway properly over the weekend.

With the teams carrying over their points from their Ellesmere derby games during the just completed Canterbury Country rugby competition, won by Waihora, Prebbleton sat alongside Waihora at the top of the points table.

However, in a tryless match, Southbridge ground out a nine to three win with the boot of Shannon Donald doing the damage for the Coleman Shield holders at Prebbleton Domain.

Meanwhile, Waihora opened up a gap on the chasing pack with a 43 to five thumping of Rolleston in Tai Tapu.

Southbridge inside centre Peni Manumanunilwa looks for a gap in the 
Prebbleton defence

Waihora is now five points clear of Prebbleton and Darfield, which had a commanding 38–13 win over West Melton on Saturday afternoon.

Lincoln had a 41–14 win over the hapless Hornby, which has yet to register a win this season.

In a minor upset, the combined Burnham Dunsandel Irwell (BDI) side had a win over competition newcomers Springston, which had reached the semi-final stage of the Canterbury Country rugby competition. BDI had the home advantage and took the match 36–28.

Full results: Prebbleton three vs nine Southbridge; Waihora 43 vs five Rolleston; Hornby 14 vs 41 Lincoln; BDI 36 vs 28 Springston; West Melton 13 vs 38 Darfield.