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Rangiora High Hang On

In the UC Secondary School Championship, Rangiora High School travelled to Timaru to take on Timaru Boys High School. Timaru scored early, but two tries to Rangiora halfback Maeva Robati, saw Rangiora take the lead 14-7. Timaru converted a penalty to close the gap to 14-10. Rangiora were then able to break the Timaru defense again, with a try to Lachy Grant, but Timaru countered again with a try of their own. The first half ended with a narrow lead to Rangiora 21-17.

In the second half Timaru started the better, barreling over for a second try, and taking the lead. However, an intercept from Taylor Ellis, saw Rangiora take the lead again. The topsy turvy match continued when Timaru were able to power down field for another try and conversion to again take the lead 28-31. Rangiora hooker James Mullan, and centre Elone Fungavaka sealed the deal for Rangiora, each scoring tries, and despite a last minute try for Timaru, Rangiora held on to win 40-36.

In the Division One North Canterbury rugby competition, Kaiapoi retained their position at the top of the table with a hefty win over Saracens 45-7. They got out to an early lead, 17-0 by halftime, and never really looked like being overhauled.  Oxford also had a substantial win over Woodend 52-19. In closer matches Hurunui got up over Ohoka 28-25.  Glenmark Cheviot managed to defeat Ashley 26-20. It was a tight tussle with Glenmark Cheviot scoring four tries, to Gus Harrison, Hayden O’Donnell, Jacob Vincent, and Brook Retallick. Retallick also landed three conversions.  Ashley scored twice through Brett Cameron and Louis James, plus two conversions, and two penalties from Korban Gray.

Points: Kaiapoi 15, Glenmark Cheviot 14, Hurunui 9, Saracens 8, Ashley 7, Oxford 5, Ohoka 1, Woodend 0.

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