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CRL GRAND FINAL WEEKEND A TESTAMENT TO COMMUNITY SPIRIT

Canterbury Rugby League’s 2020 Grand Final weekend is the climax of a club season like no other before it, presenting a unique and unprecedented set of obstacles that required an extraordinary level of commitment, cooperation and flexibility from everyone involved in our game. The six-game schedule kicks off at Ngā...

CRL SEMI-FINALS WRAP

Northern Bulldogs will face four-time defending champs Linwood Keas in the 2020 CRL Massetti Cup Grand Final after pulling off a heart-stopping semi-final win over Hornby Panthers at Murphy Park. The Bulldogs snatched a 22-19 triumph with a try inside the last minutes, thwarting the Panthers’ bid for a fifth...

CRL MASSETTI CUP 2020: ROUND 10 WRAP

The 2020 Massetti Cup semi-finalists have been decided after Saturday’s final round of regular season matches. Four-time defending champs Linwood Keas took out top spot ahead of Northern Bulldogs on for-and-against after both teams finished with 9-1 records. Hornby Panthers, the 2016-19 grand final runners-up, clinched third place with a...

CRL MASSETTI CUP 2020: ROUND 9 WRAP

The race for the Canterbury Rugby League men’s premiership finals will go down to the final weekend of the regular season after Riccarton Knights and Eastern Eagles both produced clutch wins in a spectator-less Round 9 of the Massetti Cup. The fourth-placed Knights held off a Celebration Lions fight-back to...

CRL MASSETTI CUP 2020: ROUND 8 WRAP

Northern Bulldogs and Linwood Keas put one hand on a top-two finish with two rounds of the 2020 Canterbury Rugby League Massetti Cup to go courtesy of massive home wins on Saturday, while Hornby Panthers moved to outright third with a high-scoring victory on the road. Meanwhile, the race for...

CRL MASSETTI CUP 2020: ROUND 7 WRAP

Linwood Keas and Northern Bulldogs established a two-game lead at the top of the Massetti Cup ladder with Round 7 wins, while Eastern Eagles crashed Riccarton Knights legend Shane Tamatea’s 300th-game party to set up a frantic scramble for finals spots over the last three weeks of the regular season....

FOR THE LOVE OF THE CLUB: KNIGHTS LEGEND TAMATEA TO JOIN 300 CLUB

Riccarton stalwart Shane Tamatea is already established as a modern legend of the game in our region, but on Saturday he is set to become further entrenched in Canterbury Rugby League folklore. The indefatigable forward will make his 300th premier grade appearance for the Knights when he runs out in...

CRL MASSETTI CUP 2020: ROUND 6 WRAP

Big scorelines and huge tryscoring hauls were the order of the day in Round 6 of the CRL Massetti Cup men’s premiership. Eastern Eagles scored 48 unanswered points in the second half to run out 72-16 winners against Celebration Lions at Wainoni Park. Hooker Josh Ka was the chief destroyer...

CLARKE AND ENDACOTT HUMBLED BY NZRL HONOURS

Two of the highest achievers and most tireless servants in Canterbury Rugby League’s history were bestowed with rare honours at Saturday’s New Zealand Rugby League AGM. Gary Clarke was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, while Frank Endacott was made a Life Member of the NZRL. Speaking with both legendary figures...

CRL MASSETTI CUP 2020: ROUND 5 WRAP

Northern Bulldogs, Linwood Keas and Riccarton Knights are in a three-way tie for top spot on the Massetti Cup ladder at the halfway mark of the 2020 regular season. The Keas inflicted the Bulldogs’ first loss of the year courtesy of a 24-10 result at Murphy Park in Kaiapoi. Matt...

CRL MASSETTI CUP 2020 – ROUND 4 WRAP

Muddy and wet conditions around the rugby league grounds of Canterbury failed to dampen the attacking spirit of the Massetti Cup teams, who defied the weather to run in 35 tries across four games on Saturday. Halswell Hornets were the chief contributors to the tally, crossing 10 times in a...

CRL MASSETTI CUP 2020 – ROUND 3 WRAP

Northern Bulldogs are the only unbeaten team in the Massetti Cup at the conclusion of the three-week conference format to start the 2020 season. The Bulldogs fought back from a 16-10 halftime deficit against Eastern Eagles to complete a cleansweep of their rivals in the Eastern Conference, scoring three tries...
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