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Defending Canterbury Women’s Premiership title holders, the Sydenham Swans, have defeated the Linwood Keas 26 – 12 in the opening round of the 2021 competition held at Ngā Puna Wai on Sunday.

The Swans outlasted a determined Linwood side looking to make a statement in the opening round, whilst in the other match played at Ngā Puna Wai, last year’s competition runners up, the Woolston Rams, defeated the Eastern Eagles 36 – 12.

The Burnham Chevaliers were awarded a 20 – 0 win over the Celebration Lions in the other match of the round.

Woolston Rams 36 defeated Eastern Eagles 12
Sydenham Swans 26 defeated Linwood Keas 22
Burnham Chevaliers 20 defeated Celebration Lions 0