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The Halswell Hornets have fired a shot across the bow of the Bartercard Canterbury Men’s Premiership heavyweights for a second weekend in a row after drawing with the ladder-leading Hornby Panthers.

Just seven days after a gripping 16-all draw with defending Premiers, the Linwood Keas, the Hornets recorded a 24-all draw against the Panthers.

In the other matches of the round, the Keas returned to the winners circle, defeating the Celebration Lions 48 – 20 at Ngā Puna Wa, whilst the Eastern Eagles stayed in touch with the top four, running down Riccarton Knights 22 – 20 at Crosbie Park.

Meanwhile the Northern Bulldogs flexed their attacking muscle, defeating the last-placed Papanui Tigers 56 – 8.

Bartercard Canterbury Men’s Premiership:

Halswell Hornets 24 drew with Hornby Panther 24
Linwood Keas 48 defeated Celebration Lions 20
Eastern Eagles 22 defeated Riccarton Knights 20
Northern Bulldogs 56 defeated Papanui Tigers 8

ISC Canterbury Cup:
Halswell Hornets 18 defeated Hornby Panthers 14
Shirley Hawks 18 defeated Ashburton Barbarians 16
Marist-Papanui 30 defeated Northern Bulldogs 14
Burnham Chevaliers 28 defeated Eastern Eagles 14
Linwood Keas 44 defeated Woolston Rams 10