No Div 1 Rugby 4 July because of NC Development Tour of Australia
North Canterbury Rugby Sub Union
Ross Dixon
North Canterbury
 , Rugby Administrator-Secretary


Ross Dixon's contact details are as follows:
Address: 18 Green Street, Rangiora, 7400
Phone: 0275 555361 or 03 310 7870
Email: ross.dixon@xtra.co.nz


27 June 2015:

By Peter Williams
Last season’s finalists in the North Canterbury edition of the Luisetti Seeds Competition, Ashley and Glenmark, both bounced back after first-up defeats last week to restore a sense of normalcy to this season’s competition.
But Ashley, in particular left their run very late and could count themselves just a little lucky against a committed Kaiapoi side who played easily their best rugby of the season.
Ashley led 10-0 after as many minutes courtesy of an Andre Barrett try from a maul after a lineout win. Lance Taylor’s conversion supplemented his earlier penalty. But from that point on, Kaiapoi took control with a determination and skill level they had rarely shown this season.
Second-five and goalkicker, Brook Retallick, played a key role in their revival. Two long range penalties got the scoreboard moving for them and shortly before the break sloppy lineout work from Ashley allowed Kaiapoi’s Fijian lock, Nacaneli Namata, to pounce on the loose ball and run 30 metres to score. Retallick’s sideline conversion gave his team a 13-10 lead.
Two more penalties to Taylor and one to Retallick had the scores all tied up but after a period of sustained pressure from Kaiapoi, their reward came with a try by fullback, Stu Pearham, and the seemingly inevitable Retallick conversion gave Kaiapoi a 23-16 lead with just 7 minutes left.
Kaiapoi’s celebrations though were premature and they dropped their guard with their defensive screen that had been so solid throughout the game, allowing a desperate Ashley team to run in two late tries to Bryce McKenzie and Jarrod Heap to squeak home with a 28-23 victory. Ashley’s Andrew Dunbar showed his versatility and was awarded the Waimak Real Estate Player of the Day award.
For Kaiapoi Shanan Stewart, Ryan Nesbit and Matt Newton were lynchpins in a strong defensive effort, while Brook Retallick, now much fitter and more confident than earlier in the season, augmented his outstanding goal-kicking with a fine all-round performance.
Glenmark managed a hard fought 23-6 victory over Oxford at Omihi. It was just 6-3 at half time as both sides conspired to make mistakes when looking likely to mount something constructive. It wasn’t until 29 minutes into the second half with the score 9-6 that a fortunate bounce of the ball gave Chris Keane the chance to gather, beat a couple of tackles, and dash 50 metres for a try which he duly converted. In the last minutes a horrible piece of play from Oxford in their own 22 gifted Glenmark a second try, gratefully accepted by No 8, Filipe Kuruvoli.

Glenmark deserved their victory as they did have much the better of the territory battle. They had four shots at penalty from relatively handy positions for three successes while Oxford gained their two from long range, both impressive strikes from Monty Maule operating from first five. Glenmark presented a youngster at half back, Brett Dalley, who made a couple of impressive darting breaks while openside, Rob Selbie tackled everything that moved around the fringes. He was well supported by fellow loose forward George Masefield with Chris Keane always industrious in mid field.

Maule had a useful match for Oxford as did their openside, Josh Brown, while Logan Telfer was impressive in the loose forwards early and later amongst the mid field.
Saracens’ fine unbeaten run continued with a comfortable win over Ohoka. A Taylor Direen penalty for Ohoka opened the scoring but Saracens replied with a try to first five Dion Jones who converted his own try. Further Saracens tries to Ollie Ashby, Josh Harrison and Peter Manahi secured the bonus point for Saracens before half-time.
In the second half Ashby scored a second while Saracens’ young centre, Hadrian Jackson, also scored twice. The young Ohoka side refused to lie down and in the last 10 minutes of the game they scored two well deserved tries to front-row forwards, Tobias Pulley and Rob Cox to make the full time score Saracens 43 Ohoka 17.
There are no matches in the Luisetti Seeds Division 1 competition on Saturday as the North Canterbury Development team will be in Queensland playing matches against Queensland Country and Northern Territory in preparation for the Southbridge Shield match, against Ellesmere at Southbridge on July 11. The next round of matches in the Luisetti Seeds competition will be played on Sunday July 12.

The Mike Greer Homes North Canterbury Division 2 competition has been of real interest this season and Saturday had developed into a “must win” for Oxford who had been frontrunners until recently. Strong running Glenmark centre Tyler McKay intercepted early for the first points and scored a powerful try later but on the day he was upstaged by his opposite the vastly experienced Marcus Taylor, a Division 1 representative stand out over a number of seasons and recently returned to the region. The final score of 43-19 reflected the greater strength in support play of the Oxford side while the quality of the match also suggests the selection of a representative side from the grade has been well merited.

When the Top 6 round-robin in the Division 2 competition concludes on Saturday, two teams will drop out of the Championship race to contest the Division Two Reserve Competition. Amberley will be one of those teams and until last Saturday’s play it seemed likely that Saracens would be the other. But Saracens caused a major upset by not only beating the highly-ranked Hurunui side but also lifting the coveted Pickering Shield from Hurunui and in doing so resurrected their Championship ambitions. Now Saracens have to defend that Shield against a rejuvenated Oxford side on Saturday while Glenmark-Cheviot face the daunting task of toppling competition leaders, Woodend, if they are to be sure of avoiding relegation.
The highlight of the U14½  group day at Loburn was the clash between the two top teams, Kaiapoi and Ashley Blue. Kaiapoi had won their first round match convincingly but it was a different story on Saturday. Ashley Blue made most of the running and led by 7 points with fulltime approaching but in a pulsating finish Kaiapoi scored and the angled conversion left the scores tied at 33-33 – a fitting result for a fine game of rugby.
The U11½ group day was held at Southbrook with the most significant result being Hurunui’s sound 17-7 win over Oxford. This means that Hurunui will contest the Championship Section along with Kaiapoi, Ohoka Black and Ashley Blue when the grade splits into three sections on Saturday.

Kaiapoi U18 celebrate Combined Grand Final Victory
Kaiapoi’s dynamic prop, Luca Tootoo, sets off on another of his many rampaging runs against Rolleston.
Birthday boy Fraser Lintott scores for Ashley-Amberley U16 v Methven
Kaiapoi U11.5 in post match huddle as coaches Kevin Smith and Nigel Greengrass approach
Kaiapoi's Bryn Graham is supported by Kaleb Wyber-Moorein the U11˝ match v Amberley. The Amberley defender is Andre Moko
Matt King secures lineout possession for Ashley against Darfield
Del Rio Mackintosh, Ashley Blue U14˝ about to score after charging down an Oxford clearing kick
Sunia Kubu on his way to a typical intercept try v Southbridge