Hu­runui fall just short on mas­sive road trip

Northern Outlook - - LOCAL - ERIN TASKER

Hu­runui faced one of the long­est road trips in New Zealand club rugby in Satur­day’s round of the Com­bined Coun­try Cup.

The com­pe­ti­tion new­com­ers headed to Hinds to play South­ern, and al­most pulled off a come from be­hind vic­tory. They fin­ished with a flour­ish, scor­ing two late tries, but it wasn’t enough to stop South­ern from win­ning 36-31.

The round five game was the start of a busy week, with an ex­tra round on An­zac Day mean­ing most teams were fac­ing three games in the space of a week.

Rakaia’s big week got off to a good start too, but their win came much eas­ier, beat­ing the win­less Hornby 64-5 to en­sure they re­mained hot on the heels of sec­tion two lead­ers Darfield.

Darfield gave Scott Mitchell the perfect present for his 200th di­vi­sion one ap­pear­ance for the club - a 38-18 win over Ox­ford while third placed Preb­ble­ton recorded a 27-13 win over a Rolle­ston side yet to win a game.

In the re­main­ing sec­tion two game Ka­iapoi came away from Methven with a 31-24 win.

In sec­tion one Ash­bur­ton’s Celtic suf­fered their first loss of the com­pe­ti­tion, 27-5 to Sara­cens, but they re­mained sec­ond in the sec­tion one stand­ings be­hind Wai­hora, who notched up a big 68-28 win over Ash­leyon Satur­day.

South­bridge cel­e­brated Jimmy Har­vey’s 150th di­vi­sion one game with a win, hold­ing on for a nar­row 32-30 win over Lin­coln, while Ohoka beat West Melton 49-26.

In Ash­bur­ton, Hamp­stead re­cov­ered from a slow start to lead Burn­ham-Dun­sandel-Ir­well early, but a run of late points from BDI saw the game blow out to 46-25 in favour of the vis­i­tors.

Glen­mark and Springston had the bye and will be back in ac­tion in the An­zac Day round.

ERIN TASKER/STUFF

Hu­runui’s Digby Heard looks to clean up the ball at the back, as his side went down 36-31 to South­ern on Satur­day.

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