Nail-biting end to rugby final

A tight 90-minute battle between Glenmark-Cheviot and Southern ended in a 31-all draw.

A tight 90-minute battle between Glenmark-Cheviot and Southern ended in a 31-all draw.

After ten minutes of extra time, the Luisetti Seeds North Canterbury Division 1 Competition final between Glenmark-Cheviot and Southern ended in a nail-biting 31-all draw.

The match was played at Glenmark’s Omihi grounds on the Monday of Queen’s Birthday weekend. The match had been postponed on the preceding Saturday due to extreme weather.

A good-sized crowd gathered to enjoy the sunshine and what was a solid battle between two evenly-matched sides.

Southern was the first to put points on the board, but Glenmark-Cheviot, under the leadership of captain Ben Anderson, responded in kind, and half-way through the match the home team had a 20-10 lead.

The opposition rose to the challenge, closing the gap by dominating territory and showing its best form of the match.

The Southern side did benefit from two penalties which they were able to turn into points, so by the end of regulation time the sides were tied at 26-all.

Andrew Johnston from Luisetti Seeds presents the trophy.

New NZ Rugby Union rules allowed for an extra 10 minutes of play, and a try scored by Glenmark-Cheviot’s Brett Retallick was answered by Southern’s Matt McAtamney – ironically the nephew of Glenmark legend Robbie Deans.

Andrew Johnston from Luisetti Seeds presented the trophy and the company had the pleasure of hosting clients and rugby supporters in their tent at the game.

Luisetti Seeds is proud to sponsor the North Canterbury Division 1 competition.