Springston slips into semis

by Kent Caddick

Springston’s first season in the top flight of Ellesmere rugby is turning into a highly successful one.

Following its success in making the semi-finals of the combined Canterbury Country club competition earlier in the season, Springston has now booked a place in the semis of the Ellesmere competition. 

Its place in the semis was confirmed on Saturday when it knocked over defending champions Southbridge in the final round robin match of competition.

The 22–12 win at Southbridge Domain meant Springston edged into the top four by virtue of finishing one point clear of the combined Burnham Dunsandel Irwell side, despite BDI’s 53–20 thumping of Rolleston on Saturday afternoon. Combined Country champs Waihora finished the round robin competition in first place after a 12–0 win over Darfield in a top of the table clash at Darfield Domain on Saturday.

Waihora halfback Harry Kirk clears the ball while Darfield’s Blair McIlroy 
(right) makes a beeline for the receiver

Waihora dominated the possession and territory statistics in the first half, running in two tries to lead 12–0 at the break.

While Darfield reversed those stats in the second spell, it crucially couldn’t make any impression on the scoreboard and will now face Prebbleton in the semis, while Waihora will host Springston in the other semi.

In the other match of the final round, West Melton recorded its first win of the season, a 31–10 victory over wooden-spooners Hornby. 

Darfield lock Tim Wright strides into a gap in the Waihora defence