Darfield and South­bridge roll on

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING - JONATHAN LEASK

The un­beaten Darfield and South­bridge will host the semi-fi­nals of rugby’s Luisetti Seeds Com­bined Coun­try Cup rugby com­pe­ti­tion.

Darfield had to come from be­hind twice to see off Ox­ford at Darfield in the quar­ter-fi­nals on Satur­day. The sides traded penal­ties with a third from Ox­ford putting the vis­i­tors ahead 9-3 shortly after half­time. Darfield scored a con­verted try to Tim Wright only for Ox­ford to hit straight back to lead 16-10 with 15 min­utes to play. A mon­ster scrum from Darfield re­sulted a try to Blair McIl­roy and Scott Mitchell con­verted for a one-point lead. A des­per­ate tackle in the cor­ner then de­nied Ox­ford a last gasp match-win­ning try as Darfield held on

Rakaia had to dig deep to see off a strong chal­lenge from Preb­ble­ton at Rakaia. Tries to Seta Koroita­mana and Nete Cau­cau were both con­verted by Tom Han­ham-Carter, along with two penal­ties. Guy Mur­ga­troyd’s sec­ond try for Preb­ble­ton was con­verted by Reece Martin with two min­utes to go to make it 15-20 and their last-ditch at­tack that was shut down one-me­tre short.

In a re­match be­tween the 2016 fi­nal­ists, South­bridge got the bet­ter of de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Wai­hora 31-25. South­bridge had three yel­low cards and after lead­ing 24-8 at half­time had to hold off a Wai­hora come­back. A dou­ble from Cameron Sheat along with tries to Jale Masi and Matt Hickey were all con­verted by Shan­non Don­ald along with a penalty.

Lin­coln got their nose in front 12-10 at half­time and a con­verted try and some big de­fence was enough to hold on for the win over Glen­mark-Che­viot at Che­viot. Lin­coln’s tries were scored by Scott Edmonds, Cal­lum Eathorne and Darryl Lam­borne, with two con­ver­sions from Brad Ma­vor.

North Canterbury sides seized con­trol in the Canterbury Rugby Sup­port­ers Club Tro­phy roundrobin. A late try had Sara­cens se­cure 16-5 win over South­ern at Hinds. Down 7-17, Ka­iapoi came back to win 28-24 against Celtic with four con­verted tries in Ash­bur­ton. Celtic also had four tries but only added two con­ver­sions.

In the Plaque, BDI held off a fast-fin­ish­ing Methven to win 27-24 at Burn­ham while West Mel­ton beat Hornby 26-3 at Denton Oval.

Ohoka had their first win, beat­ing Rolle­ston 23-0 at Rolle­ston in the Plate. Hampstead had the bye.

JONATHAN LEASK/FAIR­FAX NZ

Darfield cel­e­brates Blair McIl­roy’s cru­cial try against Ox­ford in the Com­bined Coun­try Cup quar­ter-fi­nal at Darfield.

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