CANTERBURY RUGBY LEAGUE ROUND 10 WRAP
A Linwood landslide was the big talking point from Round 10 of the Bartercard NZ CRL Men’s Premiership, while ladder leaders Hornby stayed unbeaten, and Halswell and Northern broke clear of the midtable logjam to solidify their top-four claims.
The Keas piled on 17 tries in a 98-6 defeat of Papanui Tigers, with Leon Jarden going on a pointscoring rampage. The fullback landed 15 conversions and crossed for two tries for a personal tally of 38 points. Meanwhile, Uili Uili, Zion Amituanai and Graeme Patu-Vaega’Au all bagged hat-tricks.
The five-time champs led 46-0 at halftime but refused to take their foot off the pedal in an equally one-sided second stanza at Papanui Domain.
The Panthers outlasted a determined Celebration Lions outfit 24-10 at Macfarlane Park. The teams were locked 10-all at halftime, before centre Eti Collins’ second try and yet another 2021 touchdown to young fullback Sincere Harraway helped the Panthers to maintain a two-point gap on the rest of the competition.
Northern Bulldogs were held scoreless in the second half at Crosbie Park, but they managed to hang on for an 18-16 victory over seventh-placed Riccarton Knights.
Last season’s Grand Finalists scored four first-half tries for an 18-10 lead at the break, while the result saw them finish the weekend in outright fourth position with four rounds remaining – two points clear of the Lions and Eastern Eagles.
The Eagles’ three-match winning run came to a grinding halt courtesy of a 40-12 home loss to the third-placed Hornets.
The Hornets built an 18-point halftime advantage and went on with the job, winger David Watts and centre Nick Evans both finishing with a brace in the seven-tries-to-two success.
BARTERCARD NZ CRL MEN’S PREMIERSHIP ROUND 10 RESULTS
Linwood Keas 98 (Uili Uili 3, Zion Amituanai 3, Graeme Patu-Vaega’Au 3, Leon Jarden 2, Phil Wahnig 2, Ketasemane Pouli 2, Matthew Sauni, Matthew Molioo tries; Jarden 15 goals) defeated Papanui Tigers 6 (Hayden Tweedie try; Jamie Nicholas goal) at Papanui Domain
Halswell Hornets 40 (David Watts 2, Nick Evans 2, Iraia de Goldi, Ken Tofilau, Benjamin Davison tries; Jamie Nuttridge 5, Cameron Greig goals) defeated Eastern Eagles 12 (Tyrone Stowers, Uriah Esau tries; Daniel Hartley, Rezyn Timo-Latu goals) at Wainoni Park
Northern Bulldogs 18 (Nick Wain, Matt Clough, Josh Endacott, Cameron Godfrey tries; Endacott goal) defeated Riccarton Knights (Henry Ah Kuoi, Justin Lynch, Sam Aitken tries; Matariki Halbert-Pere 2 goals) at Crosbie Park
Hornby Panthers 24 (Eti Collins 2, Sincere Harraway, Daniel Kilbride tries; Caleb Murphy 4 goals) defeated Celebration Lions 10 (Tipazo Aukustino, John Lima tries; Taniela Leka 2 goals) at Macfarlane Park
ISC SPORT CRL CANTERBURY CUP PREMIER RESERVES
Hornby Panthers 36 defeated Shirley Hawks 26 at Macfarlane Park
Marist-Papanui 26 defeated Halswell Hornets 16 at Bishopdale Park
Northern Bulldogs 18 defeated Linwood Keas 6 at Murphy Park
Burnham Chevaliers 48 defeated Eastern Eagles 18 at Wainoni Park
Woolston Rams 28 defeated Ashburton Barbarians 21 at Woolston Park