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