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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday October 3 2017 23 MOMENTUM: Tamati Thomson trying not to get pushed over the line WINGER: Tamati Thomson scores a try for Country in the corner. GET OFF: Country’s George Prain fends off Flynn Crean HAPPY HOOKER: Liam Robinson scores a try for Country. Country takes win against national team • By Gordon Findlater THE CANTERBURY Country under-18 team got the rare opportunity to play one of the lesser known national schools rugby sides at the weekend. Country were too strong for the New Zealand Barbarians Area Schools, defeating them 47-22 at Southbrook Park in Rangiora. The Area Schools are chosen from the top players in some of the smaller, often rural areas of New Zealand, who do not get the chance to play in the top, higher profile first XV competitions. “That’s the first time we’ve ever played them, and we didn’t really know what to expect,” said Country coach Glen Dunseath. Country opted to give some of their bench players a start in the match but found themselves trailing 5-17 early on. By half-time Country had gained the initiative and led 22- 17, before putting in a dominant second half performance to stretch the score to 47-22. Country now turn their focus to the South Island U-18 three day tournament, which is beginning at Belfast Rugby Club on Friday. “It’s a pretty short SPORTS turnaround for us going into the tournament so having the game on Saturday was great for us rather than having a weekend off,” said Dunseath. Country suffered tight defeats to Canterbury Metro and Tasman in their northern section pool games last month. They will now face the top qualifier from the southern pool in their opening game on Friday. The winner will go into the top four playoffs, with the loser going into the plate section. •More sport, pages 24-25 STRONG MAN: Country’s Doom Ponini takes Angus Johns with him as he dives for a try. PHOTOS: KAREN CASEY Te Whāriki have been the proud sponsors of Lincoln and Lincoln University Rugby in 2017. Congratulations to both teams and all the players involved. New sections just released so come in and secure yours now! Visit Deane McKenzie, our Sales Manager, at the Sales Office on Vernon Drive or for further information visit tewhariki.co.nz We look forward to welcoming you to Te Whāriki soon.