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The Halswell Hornets are one step closer to securing a semi-final berth in the Bartercard Canterbury Men’s Premiership after recording a tight victory over the Riccarton Knights in Round 11 of the competition.

With only three weeks remaining in the competition, every match counts as teams fight out for a spot in the competition Finals Series and a chance to win the 2021 Massetti Cup.

In the other matches played over the weekend, the Hornby Panthers held off the Northern Bulldogs to win 32 – 14 at Leslie Park and keep their undefeated run going for another week, whilst the Linwood Keas held off the Eastern Eagles to keep second spot on the ladder.

The win by the Hornets over the Knights ensures the top three now sit four points ahead of the rest of the pack, with all teams except for the Papanui Tigers able to qualify for the competition Finals.

Bartercard Canterbury Premiership:

Hornby Panthers 32 defeated Northern Bulldogs 14
Celebration Lions 50 defeated Papanui Tigers 6
Linwood Keas 24 defeated Eastern Eagles 20
Halswell Hornets 34 defeated Riccarton Knights 28 at Coronation Park

ISC Canterbury Cup:
Marist-Papanui 35 defeated Linwood Keas 6
Northern Bulldogs 20 defeated Hornby Panthers 12
Halswell Hornets 30 defeated Shirley Hawks 16
Burnham Chevaliers 20 defeated Ashburton Barbarians 16
Woolston Rams 56 defeated Eastern Eagles 16