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A blistering four-try start laid the foundation for Sydenham Swans’ successful defence of the CRL Women’s Premiership crown, overwhelming Woolston Rams in the Grand Final at Ngā Puna Wai for the second year in a row, 32-12. Sydenham stormed to a 22-0 lead before the half-hour mark through a combination of hard-running forwards in the…

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Celebration Lions finished off a vastly-improved 2021 Bartercard NZ CRL Premiership campaign with some silverware, carving out a convincing 30-12 victory over Eastern Eagles to kick off Grand Final Day at Ngā Puna Wai. The Lions always looked in control, keeping the Eagles at arm’s length throughout by scoring the first two tries of each…

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Hornby Panthers are unfazed by their semi-final defeat to Linwood Keas – or their recent Grand Final heartache at the hands of their archrivals – as the clubs prepare for yet another Bartercard NZ CRL Men’s Premiership decider on Sunday at Ngā Puna Wai. The Panthers bounced back from a tight, physical 14-10 major semi…

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Linwood Keas have broken virtually every Canterbury Rugby League premiership record available during their streak of five straight Grand Final victories. But a high player turnover rate last summer – and the consequent elevation of several youngsters to first grade – ensures lack of motivation won’t be a factor when they face archrivals Hornby Panthers…

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Sydenham Swans carried off last year’s CRL Women’s Premiership title with a 46-16 defeat of Woolston Rams, but both captains are anticipating are a much closer-fought contest when the clubs meet again in the 2021 Grand Final at Ngā Puna Wai on Sunday. The Swans went undefeated through the regular season before snaring the first…

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The Pat Smith Trophy has been Canterbury Rugby League’s ultimate prize for more than half a century, awarded to the winning side in each year’s Grand Final since a playoffs system replaced the first-past-the-post format to decide the premiership in 1967. Sunday’s Bartercard NZ CRL Men’s Premiership decider between five-time defending champs Linwood Keas and…

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This Sunday’s Bartercard NZ CRL Men’s Premiership grand final at Ngā Puna Wai will see another chapter of one of Canterbury Rugby League’s greatest club rivalries of the modern era unfold. Linwood Keas and Hornby Panthers go toe-to-toe for the Pat Smith Trophy for the fifth time in six years – and the eighth time…

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The 2021 Canterbury Rugby League Grand Finalists have been decided after a gripping preliminary final weekend. Hornby Panthers will face Linwood Keas in the Bartercard NZ CRL Men’s Premiership decider for the fifth time in six seasons, outlasting Halswell Hornets 22-14 at Leslie Park. Bouncing back from their semi-final defeat to the Keas, the table-topping…

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Linwood Keas will contest their seventh straight Grand Final after a gripping victory over Massetti Cup winners Hornby Panthers in the Bartercard NZ CRL Men’s Premiership semi-finals, while Halswell Hornets booked a preliminary final berth by edging Northern Bulldogs in a sudden-death extra-time thriller. The Keas and Panthers – who faced off in four straight…

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