22 Tuesday June 13 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi SELWYN TIMES Southbridge holds off Rakaia Nerves and a vocal Rakaia home crowd could not stop Southbridge’s captain kicking a late penalty to seal a 13-12 win in the combined country competition on Sunday. Andrew King reports SPORTS AS SOUTHBRIDGE captain Shannon Donald lined up a penalty in the 73rd minute of the Luisetti Cup final, his hands were shaking, nerves were shot and he copped a verbal spray from the opposition supporters. “I knew as long as my legs didn’t give out, I’d be fine,” he said. From 38m out, he hit the ball cleanly and it sailed right through the middle of the uprights. Seven minutes later, the onepoint lead was enough to give them their third title in five years. Southbridge’s 13-12 win over Rakaia on Sunday was a great moment for the 27-year-old firstfive – one that didn’t set in until he was sipping on his post-match beer back in the Southbridge Hotel. “It is an awesome feeling. We have a great bunch of boys and supporters, even though we have put them through the ringer the past few weeks with some close games,” he said. FAMILY AFFAIR: Southbridge captain Shannon Donald, with wife Kathryn and dog Boston, celebrated after the win over Rakaia on Sunday. It was the team’s third Lussetti Cup title after beating Rakaia 13-12. PHOTOS: GILL HAPPER Two of those supporters are his wife Kathryn and their dog Boston. The latter had donned his Southbridge jersey to let the opposition know who his allegiance belonged to. The game saw two tries a piece, only Rakaia managed to convert one of them giving the side a 12-10 lead, but then with seven minutes to go, Donald slotted the game winner. The celebration raged into the small hours of Monday morning in Southbridge, with manager Chris McMillan saying there will be some sore heads, but proud players. “Some had work in the morning, others had exams, so they took off a bit earlier, but it did not put a dampener on the win,” he said. The work is not over for the Southbridge team who head into the Ellesmere competition on Saturday unbeaten. They will face Waihora – a rematch of last year’s final which they won. It is the first time the squad has held the Coleman Shield and Luisetti Cup at the same time after Sunday’s win. “(Waihora) will be tough at home. We are a bit battered and bruised but we will be up for that game,” McMillan said. For Donald, the victory was now behind him and he said it was about keeping the pressure on. “We can’t fall asleep now, there is still a lot of work to do,” he said.
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