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By MAT KERMEEN
Country's effort too little too late
SCRUM BREAK: Country halfback
Baydon Phillips makes a break from
the scrum base.
FOR THE second week running,
the Canterbury Country rugby
team gave away a head start at
Rugby Park before coming back to
show what might have been.
The 37-17 final score flattered
Canterbury Metro, who faced a
stern challenge from their country
rivals in their South Island
invitational tournament match.
Made up of players from the
Christchurch club competition,
Metro were heavily favoured
going into the match and lived up
to that billing early.
Country made too many errors
and fell off too many tackles to be
competitive, and were down 20-0
after just 20 minutes of play.
A piece of Willie McGoon bril-
liance offered up a chance for
Brooke Retallick, who registered
Country's opening try against the
run of play, but any chance of a
comeback was quickly put to bed.
Metro hit straight back with
two more tries to lead 27-5.
Then, when Country finally
got their hands on the ball, it
Some hard graft from the for-
wards earned some quality pos-
session near Metro's try line.
A solid scrum set the base for
some slick backline passing that
finished with a strong-running
Retallick bursting through two
tackles to score his second try.
Down by 12-27 at the break, the
second half was a much better
effort from Country, who conceded
just one try to Metro and then
scored one themselves.
Brad Hazeldine's five-pointer
was a scintillating team effort
that showed what Country are
capable of, but it was unfortun-
ately too little too late for the
team, which remains winless after
three rounds of the tournament.
Netball semifinals could provide thrilling games
By MAT KERMEEN
THERE WAS one upset on the
final Saturday of the regular
season of the Selwyn Netball
Centre's premier competition,
but the big four made it through
to this weekend's semifinals.
Greenpark proved that despite
a disappointing third round, they
are still a genuine contender,
with a thrilling one-goal win over
Lincoln, 45-44. They had to win
to guarantee their place in the
finals as fourth qualifier, and
will start on Saturday with the
However, Lincoln shape up as
a different prospect, with their
season on the line in the sudden-
The team's bonus point for a
close loss was enough to secure
them the top spot by one point
Ironically, Broadfield -- who
bounced back from last week's
surprise loss to Lincoln with a
55-29 win over Ellesmere
Combined -- will likely have the
easiest route to the final, coming
up against Halswell RL in
Halswell, who came out as
comfortable 58-33 winners over
Dunsandel RFC, will be at long
odds to challenge Broadfield
seriously in their semifinal.
The Lincoln versus Greenpark
semifinal starts at the Lincoln
courts at 10.30am.
The Broadfield and Halswell
match on Saturday will get
under way at 12pm.
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