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The Linwood Keas have started their quest for a sixth straight Canterbury Men’s Premiership title with a win over the Northern Bulldogs in the opening-round Grand Final replay, whilst the Hornby Panthers and Celebration Lions also recorded wins over the weekend.

The Keas were able to hold off a Bulldogs fightback to record a 26 – 16 win at Ngā Puna Wai, whilst in the Wainoni Park derby, the Celebration Lions went from trailing 10 – 6 just before halftime, to recording a 40 – 10 win over the Eastern Eagles.

At Leslie Park, 41-year-old club legend Corey Lawrie and son Jayton took the field together for first time for the Hornby Panthers, with the team celebrating the significant moment with a 40 – 6 win over the Riccarton Knights.

In the Final match of the round, the Halswell Hornets defeated the Papanui Tigers 20 – 0.

In the Canterbury Cup, Linwood’s reserves also enjoyed a win over the Northern Bulldogs, winning 36 – 20, whilst the Halswell Hornets and Marist-Papanui played out a 12-all draw in the other Canterbury Cup encounter at Ngā Puna Wai.

The Shirley Hawks ran riot against the Eastern Eagles at Wainoni Park, running out 56 – 14 winners, whilst the Woolston Rams made an opening round statement against the Ashburton Barbarians.

Bartercard NZ Canterbury Men’s Premiership:

Linwood Keas 26 d. Northern Bulldogs 16
Celebration Lions 40 d. Eastern Eagles 10
Hornby Panthers 40 d. Riccarton Knights 6
Halswell Hornets 20 d. Papanui Tigers 0

ISC Canterbury Cup:
Halswell Hornets 12 drew with Marist-Papanui 12
Hornby Panthers 44 d. Burnham Chevaliers 22
Linwood Keas 36 d. Northern Bulldogs 20
Shirley Hawks 56 d. Eastern Eagles 14
Woolston Rams 36 d. Ashburton Barbarians 4