Springston wins in Cup debut
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.
Celtic romped home in the second half against Ohoka, winning 48-17.