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The Hornby Panthers have claimed top spot in the Canterbury Men’s Premiership after defeating defending Champions, the Linwood Keas on Saturday.

The Panthers emerged 14 – 10 victors in the top of the table clash at Leslie Park, with Panther’s captain, Sincere Harraway playing an integral role with two of the Panthers’ three tries.

In other matches played over the weekend, the Riccarton Knights and Northern Bulldogs chalked up their second wins of the season, knocking off the Celebration Lions and Halswell Hornets respectively to create a midtable logjam, with only two points separating teams three to six.

Bartercard Canterbury Premiership:

Hornby Panthers 14 defeated Linwood Keas 10
Northern Bulldogs 28 defeated Halswell Hornets 18
Riccarton Knights 20 defeated Celebration Lions 14
Eastern Eagles 46 defeated Papanui Tigers 18

ISC Canterbury Cup:
Northern Bulldogs 28 defeated Halswell Hornets 10
Linwood Keas 36 defeated Hornby Panthers 10
Shirley Hawks 30 defeated Burnham Chevaliers 22
Marist-Papanui 74 defeated Ashburton Barbarians 0
Woolston Rams 20 defeated Eastern Eagles 0