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Selwyn Times: May 23, 2018

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at Wednesday May 23 2018 23 Lincoln take down Aoraki in UC competition SPORTS • By Jacob Page IT WAS a case of job done for the Lincoln Combined first XV as they earned a 26-13 bonus point win over Aoraki Combined on Saturday. Lincoln made the most of home field advantage for the second straight week of the UC Championship by scoring four tries to one. Coach Mike Wilson wanted a composed performance against one of the competition’s lower ranked teams. He got it in patches. “I thought we started really PLAY-OFF SPOTS continue to be the goal for all teams in the Luisetti Seeds combined country division one rugby competition. In section A, Waihora have a commanding four-point lead over Saracens. However, third-placed Celtic and sixth-placed Lincoln are split by just one competition point. Lincoln caused the log-jam with a gritty 29-27 home win over Celtic on Saturday. Glenmark upset Saracens 32- 15, while Southbridge remained in the top four with a 43-25 triumph over Ohoka which was the first time the two teams had ever met. West Melton outlasted Hampstead, winning 33-26, while Waihora thumped BDI 49-20. Things are even tighter in section B with table-toppers Springston and fourth-placed Darfield split by just two points. Springston, Prebbleton, Rakaia and Darfield all have the chance to finish top of the section by the time the roundrobin finishes. Rakaia pipped Darfield 24-21, while Springston easily accounted for Hurunui 33-7. Methven accounted for Oxford 35-31, Rolleston downed Hornby 27-8 and Kaiapoi beat Southern 30-24. Points Section A: Waihora 39, Saracens 35, Celtic 31, Southbridge 31, Glenmark 30, Lincoln 30, BDI 25, Ohoka 19, West Melton 11, Ashley 6, Hampstead 4 well, scored within 5min and we held the ball,” Wilson said. He said their early try probably made his team over-confident. “We get excited when we see space and we were a little guilty of trying to score on every play, pushing the pass.” Lincoln scored their second try late in the first half to cement a 14-6 halftime advantage. Wilson said his team was forced to work harder on defence in the second half. “We had concerted periods of defending our line and I thought we did really well to hold them out as long as we did,” he said. While Lincoln continues to have a few injuries pile up, Wilson was happy with their back-to-back wins. Blair Ryall shifted to the blindside flank and made the most Section B: Springston 37, Prebbleton 36, Rakaia 36, Darfield 35, Kaiapoi 29, Southern 29, Oxford 24, of it, while captain Wil Gaulter shifted out to second-five to steady the backline. The step-up will be immense next Saturday when Lincoln travel to play Christ’s College. VERSATILE: Lincoln Combined captain Wil Gaulter moved out to second-five and performed admirably in his team’s win over Aoraki Combined on Saturday. PHOTO: KAREN CASEY Waihora, Springston lead combined country sections PASS: Southbridge halfback Cam Sheat looks to clear the ball. Methven 20, Hurunui 9, Rolleston 5, Hornby 4. •More sport, page 24 Proud supporters of Rugby & Netball in Selwyn QUICK: Celyn Edwards (right) – with his brother Leuan – swam under the world record time for the s8 200m butterfly at a meeting in Ashburton over the weekend. Selwyn para-swimmer breaks world butterfly record in Ashburton THERE’S BEEN more good news for Selwyn Swim Club para-swimmer Celyn Edwards. A fortnight after being given the Gold Heart Scholarship from youth charity, Variety, the talented swimmer has gone 10sec under the S8 200m butterfly record at a meeting in Ashburton over the weekend. His time of 2min 26.60sec was not an official record because the meet was not internationally recognised, but it a promising sign as he targets more national meets and short-course championships in the coming months. The Commonwealth Games para-swimmer and his brother Leuan, who is also an avid paraswimmer, were both awarded Gold Heart Scholarships earlier this month,