Linwood, Halswell open up buffer

Linwood and Halswell cemented their status as the dominant sides in this year's premier rugby league competition with contrasting wins over Hornby and the Northern Bulldogs respectively, today.

The Keas grafted out a tight 20-10 win over Hornby at Leslie Park on the back of a double to Phil Wahnig and the accurate boot of Leon Boyd, who slotted four goals from as many attempts.

Halswell kept in touch with the unbeaten Keas after they dismantled the Bulldogs 42-4 in Kaiapoi.

The Hornets scored eight unanswered tries, with Matt Sauni scoring one in each half, after the Bulldogs opened the scoring through Tony Loffhagen.

Their seventh win in eight games ensured they have opened up a a six-point (three win) buffer on Hornby in third place and it appears they will be fighting it out for minor premiership honours with Linwood.

Celebration remained in the top four after a comfortable 34-8 win over cellar dwellers Papanui at Cuthberts Green.

Bruce Havea was the star for the Lions, scoring three of their seven tries, as they built on a 20-0 halftime lead.

In the other game, Riccarton won for the second time this season and both wins have come at Aranui's expense. Today's was a close one with Riccarton pipping Aranui 24-22 at Crosbie Park.

The Press