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Tight tussle for students

The Rangiora High School 1st XV took on Shirley Boys High School on Friday, at Linfield Park, in the UC Championship.  Shirley Boys piled on the pressure early, and Rangiora succumbed to a try, which was successfully converted. Rangiora worked their way back into the match, and towards the end of the first half, they were the side exerting the most force. The Shirley Boys team could not withhold the strain, and close to the line, the North Canterbury lads found the hole they had been searching for.  They too converted their try, and the match was tied up 7-7 going into halftime. The second half was again a constant battle between two very evenly matched sides.  Unfortunately, Rangiora missed a penalty opportunity midway through the second half, and late in the match Shirley Boys High School were able to convert their one and only chance. Shirley Boys finishing the winners 10-7.

In the local division one competition, Kaiapoi dropped their first points of the season, losing 27-0 to Glenmark Cheviot.  They were probably ruing some ill-discipline, as Brook Retallick slotted five penalties, alongside two tries from Harnett, and Keane.

Oxford had a narrow win over Ashley 29-26.  Saracens got up over Hurunui 25-10.  And strugglers Woodend were defeated 0-45 by Ohoka.

In the women’s grade, Kaiapoi romped home 55-0 over Celtic B.

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