Burnside claim Hawkins Cup

MATT MARKHAM
Last updated 17:23 30/06/2012

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Burnside claimed the Hawkins Cup in the most convincing of fashions this afternoon thumping Sumner 65-6 at Burnside.

Entering into the final round Burnside needed just a solitary point to ensure they took the first title of the season but left nothing to doubt with their dominating performance.

The win will also give them plenty of confidence as Division One rugby now splits into two sections with the top and bottom six separating after today's matches.

The only match which could have changed the outcome of the top six was at Rawhiti where New Brighton took on University.

Just one point separated the two sides and had New Brighton lost by more than 24 points they would have been nudged out of the top six by Christchurch on point's differential.

Celebrating 100 matches for Captain Aaron McCoy and full back Ben Murphy, New Brighton were never in doubt running out comfortable 27-3 winners in a stop start affair.

The win meant New Brighton also claimed the DCL Shield and the Dick Hockley Trophy.

High School Old Boys' and Sydenham both ensure they carried good form into the trophy section with victories.

Old Boys' scored six tries in their 42 - 23 win over Belfast while Sydenham snuck home in a close fought affair between fellow top six placed Marist Albion.

Down the bottom end of the table Shirley picked up their third win of the season when beating Linwood and Rugby Park.

The round other match between Christchurch and Lincoln University was played on Thursday night with Christchurch 19-15 winners.

Final Standings in the Hawkins Cup: Burnside 45, HSOB 41, Sydenham 37, Marist Albion 31, New Brighton 30, University 27, Christchurch 26, Lincoln Uni 21, Linwood 21, Shirley 18, Belfast 13 and Sumner 9.

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