Good start to cel­e­bra­tions


CHB Rugby and Sports’ 25th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions this week­end are off to the per­fect start, with the Cen­tral pre­mier men’s rugby team record­ing an up­set 35-32 win over Clive in their Mad­di­son Tro­phy sec­ond round clash at Farn­don Park on Satur­day.

Trail­ing 25-19 at half­time, the North­fu­elsspon­sored CHB side fought back to beat the hosts to notch their first win of this Mad­di­son Tro­phy cam­paign, which comes af­ter eight con­sec­u­tive losses this sea­son in­clud­ing two con­sec­u­tive de­faults.

“Yes we needed that big time and our de­fence was su­perb in a good all-round team ef­fort,” a de­lighted Cen­tral team man­ager Ian Large said.

“This is what we’ve been work­ing to­wards.

“Af­ter a few drillings we’ve fi­nally got a win.”

Promis­ing loose­head prop Cam Pratt again had a mas­sive workrate for the vis­tors.

Blind­side flanker Ja­son Cut­bush and tight­head prop Mar­cus Jack­son were also prom­i­nent in the Cen­tral en­gine room.

Cen­tral 35 (T Fog­a­rty, J Cut­bush, M Don­ald, L Mar­shall, K Le­pelaars tries; B Hard­widge 2 cons, pen; Mar­shall pen) def Clive 32

(T Fal­con, S Tofi­lau, J EdenWhaitiri, B Hokianga tries; T Poto 3 cons, 2 pens). Half­time score: Clive 25-19. Di­vi­sion 2 Arthur Bow­man Cup: Waipawa Coun­try United Men’s Rugby Club 25 def Po­ran­ga­hau 25-8; Otane 29 def Aotea 25. Colts Arthur Brown Cup: Onga Tiko 55 def Eskview 12.


CHB flanker Ja­son Cut­bush was busy at the break­down and notched a try in his side’s 35-32 win over Clive at Farn­don Park.

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