Marist Albion take lead, HSOB upset

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 18:08 01/06/2013

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Marist Albion moved to the top of the Christchurch division one club rugby competition with a handy win over Sydenham while High School Old Boys lost their lead, their unbeaten run and the DCL Shield today.

Marist Albion won a thriller with Sydenham at Rugby Park 32-29 while Old Boys were tipped up 13-10 by a resurgent Christchurch.

Trailing 16-8 at half time, then 24-8 in the second half, it took a Herculean effort for Marist Albion to get themselves back into the match at Rugby Park.

A try to winger Joseva Ravouvou, his second, was followed quickly by an intercept to Marist Albion's other winger Chris Crichton as Sydenham gave up the lead for the first time.

Crichton then scored again to take Marist Albion out to an eight-point buffer so when Telusa Veainu scored in the final seconds for Sydenham, it was only enough to gain a bonus point, not threaten a win.

High School Old Boys were red hot favourites against Christchurch, but the unpredictable nature of the competition was highlighted with Christchurch's three-point win.

Last week they handed over the Crying Towel, this week they went back to Christchurch Park with the DCL Shield.

Christchurch trailed Old Boys 7-6 at halftime, but could have been ahead had Brook Retallick landed all of his kicks.

He needn't have worried; a try to teammate Steve Alfeld gave them an advantage Old Boys couldn't bridge and Christchurch won 13-10.

Linwood rushed out to an early 17-0 lead, but once Burnside woke up, their match turned out to be a tight one at Burnside Park.

Linwood held on to win 27-24 despite being outscored four tries to three.

Burnside were left ruing their poor start while Linwood stay in the top six hunt thanks largely to the boot of first five Richie Mo'unga.

Lincoln University ran riot at Sheldon Park, annihilating Belfast 54-5. They scored eight tries in the rout and moved into third thanks to their fifth straight win.

New Brighton and Sumner looked evenly matched throughout, but two late tries helped New Brighton win 22-8 and take back the Seaside Shield.

University played 20 minutes of their game with just 14 courtesy of two sin-binnings, but still scored six tries and proved far too strong for Shirley, winning 46-17.

RESULTS: Marist Albion 32 Sydenham 29, Christchurch 13 HSOB 10, Linwood 27 Burnside 24, New Brighton 22 Sumner 8, University 46 Shirley 17, Lincoln University 54 Belfast 5.

POINTS (after nine of 11 rounds):  Marist Albion 35, HSOB 33, Lincoln University 31, New Brighton 30, Sydenham 29, Linwood 24, Sumner 24, Christchurch 20, University 20, Burnside 15, Shirley 15, Belfast 1.

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