Seasiders clinch top spot
New Brighton celebrated flanker Troy Mangan's 50th senior game in style as they clinched top spot for next week's Christchurch Metro rugby semi-finals.
Mangan scored a second half try as the defending champions beat Marist Albion 29-7 at Rawhiti Domain today.
New Brighton scored five tries in the win, which was enough to sneak past second placed Lincoln University on the section one ladder.
They will take on Sydenham in next week's Trophy semi-finals, while Lincoln University will host High School Old Boys in the other top four clash.
Marist Albion were in the game for much of the first half, but a try right on the stroke of halftime from New Brighton winger Misi Salave saw them go into the break up 17-7.
Second five Brett Mather, who had a strong game for the seasiders, ruined any chance for Marist Albion when he went over midway through the second half.
High SchoolOld Boys will head into the semifinals with confidence after a pleasing 32-12 away victory over Sydenham.
The visitors set the tone in the first half, scoring tries through their back three of Chris Small, Joe Taylor and George Bridge to lead 21-0 at halftime.
Taylor's try was a beauty as he darted through a series of Sydenham defenders and cut across the field, scoring in the right hand corner.
Sydenham gave themselves hope when loosehead prop Ash Hyde crashed over from a pushover in the first minute of the second half.
It was a much improved second half effort from Sydenham, but HSOB wrapped up the win when Crusaders wider training squad member
Rob Thompson broke free to score.Lincoln University secured a home semi-final with a hard-fought 22-6 win over Christchurch.
After leading 10-6 at halftime, Lincoln University scored early in the second half through centre Jack Goodhue and then struck the killer blow with a try in the left hand corner to wing Ashton Tuck.
In the bottom section, Belfast won their first game in two seasons, surprising University 25-20 at Ilam.
Belfast played their best rugby of the year in the first half, going into halftime 18-5 ahead.
University clawed their way back into the game in the second half, but the Cobras hung on for the win.
It was the perfect 100th game present for hard-working Belfast flanker Luke Waller.
Burnside ended Linwood's strong run of form with a 16-7 win.
Both teams will join Christchurch and Marist Albion in the plate competition next week.
Shirley made it back-to-back victories in section two with a 22-11 win over Sumner at St Leonards Square.
Sumner, Shirley, University and Belfast will contest the bottom four bowl competition over the last fortnight of the season.
Results: New Brighton 29, Marist Albion 7; HSOB 32, Sydenham 12; Lincoln University 22, Christchurch 6.
Points: New Brighton 19, Lincoln University 18, HSOB 16, Sydenham 10, Christchurch 7, Marist Albion 4.
Results: Belfast 25, University 20; Burnside 16, Linwood 7; Shirley 22, Sumner 11.
Points: Linwood 20, Burnside 18, Sumner 10, Shirley 10, University 10, Belfast 5.