Springston wins in Cup de­but

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING - JONATHAN LEASK

Springston made the per­fect de­but in the Luisetti Seeds Com­bined Coun­try Cup with a 27-24 win over Ka­iapoi at Springston on Satur­day. One of three new teams in the com­bined com­pe­ti­tion in 2018, Springston opened up a 19-7 lead early in the sec­ond half and had to hold off a Ka­iapoi come­back to clinch a maiden win. Sam Lawn scored a dou­ble along with tries to Craig Chalmers and Conor Ham­lin, and two con­ver­sions and a late penalty from Cameron Pow­ell.

Sec­tion two kicked off un­der lights in Darfield, with the hosts hav­ing a come­back win over Methven. The vis­i­tors opened up a 21-6 lead, af­ter two tries from Hugh Grif­fiths be­fore Darfield roared back. Tries to Sam Ground­wa­ter and Richard Cather­wood were con­verted by Alex Parker and three penal­ties made it 23-24. Maw re­sponded with his third penalty for Methven, but the boot of Parker had the fi­nal say with his fourth penalty mak­ing it 26-24.

Preb­ble­ton put away Hu­runui 14-29 af­ter Peter Rokokura scored twice and his brother Avi once among their five tries and two con­ver­sions from Alex Wigley.

Rakaia had a con­vinc­ing 57-5 away win over Rolle­ston. Ti­moci Nabakeke and Tom Han­hamCarter both scored dou­bles as Rakaia ran in nine tries. Rolle­ston’s try came from Konor Cham­ber­lain.

South­ern scored a bonus point 30-15 win over Ox­ford at Hinds while Hornby had the bye.

In Sec­tion 1, a 14-man Burn­ham-Dun­sandel-Ir­well (BDI) wel­comed Ash­ley back with a blow out 43-12 in Loburn.

Prop Evan Sey­mour was red carded for a stomp in a maul early in the first half but BDI had tries to Ge­off Adair, Bryan Milnes, Gre­gor Mil­lar and Ma­teo Rat­u­rawa, and two con­ver­sions from Matt Anker to lead 26-10 at half­time.. BDI fin­ished strong with tries to Anker and Gavin Vanavona to seal the win.

Jamie Gray scored a dou­ble as Glen­mark-Che­viot had a big 47-21 win over West Mel­ton at Che­viot.

A late penalty had Sara­cens edge past Wai­hora 16-14 in Ran­giora. The vis­i­tors had a try to Tim Scott and three penal­ties from Harry Kirk.

Hamp­stead had a hor­ror start to the sea­son as Lin­coln ran in seven unan­swered tries, in­clud­ing two from Sam Cot­ton, for a 43-0 win in Ash­bur­ton.

Isireli Ma­saw­ini scored twice in the 48-17 Celtic win over Ohoka. South­bridge had the bye.

ERIN TASKER/STUFF

Celtic romped home in the sec­ond half against Ohoka, win­ning 48-17.

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