Draw keeps Linwood Keas on top

ANTHONY MORGAN
Last updated 19:17 29/06/2013

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The Linwood Keas kept their nose in front at the top of the Canterbury Rugby League premiership table after their tight 20-all draw with the Halswell Hornets at Linwood Park yesterday.

Halswell, who sit one point behind the Keas in second spot, stormed out of the blocks as they scored two early tries through Erwin Sauni and Nick Phillips to lead 12-0 to put intense pressure on the ladder leaders as they had 87 percent of the possession in the first 10 minutes.

Linwood stormed back after the 20 minute mark with tries to Siona Tuiloma and Kodi Warbrick to close the gap to 12-10 at the break before they continued their momentum after halftime.

Phil Wahnig and Chase Martin put the Keas in front 20-12 before the hour mark to put them in a commanding position but the Hornets weren't finished.

A piece of individual brilliance by Toi Sepuloni, where he chipped and regathered to score, closed the gap to four before Sauni scored his second from a pinpoint Ross Martin grubber to lock the scores with six minutes to play.

Sepuloni missed the conversion from a handy position and both sides failed to convert their opportunities in the final minutes.

Papanui made it three wins in a row under new coach Christian Swift after they resigned Aranui to a 32-14 defeat at Papanui Domain.

Allan Johnston scored three while Chad Tainui added a brace as the Tigers kept the heat on for a finals spot.

In other results, the Celebration Lions leapfrogged the Northern Bulldogs into the top four when they thrashed the Kaiapoi based club 48-14 at Cuthberts Green.

Hornby played themselves into some imposing form when they slaughtered Riccarton 52-6 at Leslie Park to remain in third spot on the ladder.

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