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Selwyn Times: July 04, 2018

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28 Wednesday July 4 2018 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi SELWYN TIMES Another tight win for Lincoln Combined SPORTS • By Jacob Page LINCOLN Combined’s habit of winning close games continued on Saturday when they beat St Andrew’s College 19-15 at Lincoln High. Two second half tries to captain Wil Gualter helped Lincoln Combined consolidate third on the UC Championship table and get the team their fifth straight win. It is their fourth win under four points this season. Lincoln Combined have seven wins from nine game and have 32 points. They are two points ahead of fourth-placed St Bede’s College and five points ahead of St Andrew’s in fifth. Lincoln Combined coach Mike Wilson said his team made their best start to a game this season, but after trailing 12-7 at halftime, it was the class of Gualter and some stern defence which got them home. “That’s the thing that’s impressed me the most this year, the way we just stick to our task,” he said. “Tactically, I thought we were very good early on, our option taking and kicking game really impressed me.” It was a strong tackle on the goal line from replacement back Cole Spinks which preserved the lead late in the piece. St Andrew’s had a superior maul all game but with back-to-back penalties, they chose to scrum as opposed to use their lineout drive. TRY TIME: Lincoln Combined captain Wil Gualter puts his team ahead of St Andrew’s College with his second try in their 19-15 UC Championship rugby win at Lincoln High School. PHOTO: FELICITY PLUCK “That sort of win against a good rugby school really means a lot to our boys,” Wilson said. “I think the boys are really thriving on working hard to win their games. “They’re working hard for each other and it’s creating a good atmosphere at trainings.” Wilson said he was impressed with the locking combination of Sean Lemon and Sam Scott, as well as the defensive efforts of Josh Brown at centre. Lincoln’s will play Waimea Combined at home on Saturday in a game they will be favoured to win against the 12th-placed team in the competition. Waihora keep perfect record in Ellesmere competition ON THE CHARGE: Waihora’s Matthew Saunders chases Springston’s Michael Shennan. HEAD DOWN: Springston’s Cameron Powell kicks the ball. PHOTOS: KAREN CASEY • By Jacob Page UNBEATEN WAIHORA did enough to outlast Springston 23-17 on their club day at Tai Tapu on Saturday, The six-point win maintains Waihora’s perfect record in the Ellesmere senior rugby competition after six rounds. The result leaves Springston, which earned a surprise but deserved semifinal spot in the combined country competition, languishing in seventh – five points outside the top four. Darfield dented Lincoln’s top four chances while underlining their title credentials with a 36-17 away victory. The result sets up an intriguing match-up on Saturday when Lincoln travels to Springston with both teams desperate to re-ignite their top four chances. Southbridge maintained their grip on third spot but were made to work a lot harder than many predicted to beat cellar-dwellers Hornby 21-14 at home in their Murray Cooper Shield match. Fourth-placed Prebbleton were the big losers in round six after being hammered 41-14 by BDI. BDI have been more competitive in the early stages of the Ellesmere competition than they were in the combined country competition, and have moved up to sixth, just three points outside the top four. Rolleston moved themselves away from the wooden spoon with a 19-10 away victory over West Melton. On Saturday Hornby try to slay Goliath when they host Waihora at Denton Park, Rolleston will host Southbridge, BDI travel to take on Darfield and Prebbleton host West Melton at Prebbleton Oval. •Results: Waihora 23, Springston 17; Darfield 36, Lincoln 17; BDI 41, Prebbleton 14; Rolleston 19, West Melton 10; Southbridge 21, Hornby 14. •Points table: Waihora 28, Darfield 24, Southbridge 21, Prebbleton 19, Lincoln 16, BDI 15, Springston 14, Rolleston 9, West Melton 2, Hornby 1. Best Motorbuys TM ANYTHING WITH A MOTOR! The South Island’s leading motoring publication FREE every Friday at hundreds of locations around the South Island, and it’s available online! www.bestmotorbuys.co.nz Website: www.pshc.co.nz Fujitsu Heat Pumps Installed from $2200 * Fujitsu accredited air conditioning specialists *Conditions apply. Back to back installations 3 metre pipe run. For advertising enquiries, ph Lea Godfrey 021 277 3086 Phone today: 03 381 6950 Email: info@pshc.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday July 4 2018 29 Big future expected Proud supporters of Rugby & Netball in Selwyn for promising Lincoln University first-five • By Gordon Findlater RAMEKA POIHIPI became the latest Lincoln University player to turn out for the Crusaders after a surprise call-up to play the French Barbarians. Poihipi, 19, moved south to Christchurch last year after standout seasons playing at firstfive for Hamilton Boys’ High School in 2015 and 2016 which saw him heralded as one of the most promising players coming out of secondary school. “A big part of the decision was to be able to both study and play rugby . . . it’s obviously a really successful university that has had some great players come through,” said Poihipi. After playing predominantly at colts level for Lincoln University last year, he has stepped up this season and become a key component of the Hawkins Cup side. Poihipi was also the leading CLUB DUTIES: Rameka Poihipi hopes to win the metro club title with Lincoln University. PHOTO: TONY BRUNT scorer during the cup campaign with 122 points. That form saw him called into the Crusaders for a couple of training sessions where he made enough of an impression to make his debut at second-five for the team against the French Barbarians on June 15, before heading to Perth to play the Western Force. “I was really surprised . . . I’d been training with them for a couple of sessions and just assumed I was there to make up numbers, so I was really honoured when I found out I was going to be playing,” said Poihipi. “It was surreal. You see all these guys on TV and next minute you’re rubbing shoulders with them and being welcomed into their environment with open arms.” On Saturday Poihipi returned to club duties, playing at firstfive for Lincoln University in their 30-15 win over University to move to the top of Hawkins Trophy table with just two rounds remaining before the semi-finals. However, he only lasted 30min after suffering a knee injury. You only need to look 12 month’s back from that club final to see the odds of Poihipi going onto bigger things are in his favour. The 2016 Lincoln University team that won the metro final against New Brighton consisted of a backline made up of Jordie Barrett, Caleb Makene, Jack Goodhue, Harrison Groundwater, Josh McKay, Brett Cameron and Ere Enari. Since then Barrett and Goodhue have both gone onto represent the All Blacks. McKay, Enari and Cameron have all played at Super Rugby level, while Makene and Groundwater have both played Mitre 10 Cup. Poihipi also has genetics on his side. His father – also Rameka Poihipi – played 61 games at halfback for the Bay of Plenty Steamers between 1994 and 2002. For now Poihipi says he’s remaining grounded with his eye on a club title before pushing his case for game time with Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup. Another come-from-behind victory in Hawkins Trophy TRY SCORER: Lincoln University winger Caleb Makene, seen her playing for the Crusaders, scored a momentum-building try as his team downed University 30-15 on Saturday. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES • By Jim Doyle LINCOLN University pulled off another come-from-behind win on Saturday, beating University 30-15 at Ilam in the third round of section play for the Hawkins Trophy premier metro rugby championship. The UC Vipers sank the fangs into the Rams twice in the first half of this intriguing contest, and led 15-12 at half-time. The Rams did have a bit of luck. Two of the tries came from intercepts, a third from a charged-down clearing kick. Lincoln’s first try, just 4min into the game, was the best of the match. From set play – a scrum – George Stratton smacked into his marker from second-five, in spite of the ferocity of the impact, Stratton off-loaded to Connor Garden-Bachop, who had come across from the right wing. There was a groan from the bench as Garden-Bachop, with Caleb Makene outside him, took the ball into heavy contact, but Garden-Bachop rode a double tackle and slipped the ball away to Makene, who scored in the corner. The second-best try was scored by University’s Brayden Ennor, who hit a short pass at full tilt from 45m out and had the pace to go all the way. The clash between Ennor and Lincoln’s Ngane Punivai, back from New Zealand under-20 duties, shaped as a beauty. But Ennor was taken off at half-time and Punivai finally succumbed to a leg knock later. That brought George Stratton back after a very short substitution break. Stratton continued to amaze. He hurled himself into the fray on attack and defence, no matter how large the obstacle in front of him. No 7 Connor Gordon was in similar form as a human dynamo and won the top accolade from the coaches, just ahead of the abrasive, non-stop John Borland. University gave it a good shot for a fair chunk of the match. With players like Ennor and Seamus Bardoul in midfield, plus captain Sam Godwin in the No 6 jersey, the Vipers can’t be taken lightly. No 8 Matthew Letoga scored a good try as part of a useful all-round performance. There was some concern for the Rams when Rameka Poihipi was carried off with a knee injury at the 30min mark. Support staff seem more sure this time that Brett Cameron will be ready on Saturday when the Rams take on New Brighton at home. Scorers: Lincoln University 30 (Caleb Makene, Connor Garden- Bachop, Jesse Houston 2, tries; Sam Gilbert 2 conv, 2 pen) beat University 15 (Matthew Letoga, Brayden Ennor tries, Fergus Burke conv; Seamus Bardoul pen). HT: 12-15. 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