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Lincoln loses grip on LA Brooks Cup in weather-whipped clash with Massey

Supremacy in the traditional rugby rivalry between the Lincoln and Massey university AG XV’s has see-sawed back Massey’s way with victory to the northerners in the 2014 LA Brooks Cup match on 20 September. In torrential rain, sleet, hail and gale force winds, Massey won 11-6 and took the LA Brooks Cup and MOG Shield off defending holders Lincoln, who have held it six times in the past 10 years. 


In the game, played at the Sport and Rugby Institute on Massey’s Manawatu campus, the Lincoln lads battled well and were competitive at the breakdown and on defence. They managed to maintain early possession so that after 25 minutes the score was still nil-all. Massey then received a very kickable penalty and went ahead 3-0 which remained the halftime score.

As the second half opened, Lincoln made the most of the ferocious wind and went hot on attack. Lincoln received a long-range penalty which was put over by stand-in kicker George Collin, Lincoln’s captain, and the scoreline went to 3-3. Massey responded quickly however, and held the lead until the final score of 11-6.

Warm showers afterwards were never more welcome, particularly by the wingers who were facing imminent hypothermia!

At the after-match function, at the invitation of the head of Massey’s Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Professor Peter Kemp, and Campus Registrar Dr Sandi Shillington,  the captains of the two teams  cut a 50th birthday cake celebrating Massey’s 50 years as a university.

Among Lincoln supporters at the match was Alumni Association Executive member Neil Gow, who vouches that the weather was indeed something out of the ordinary! Neil was in Palmerston North visiting his son Hamish, a Lincoln alumnus (BCom (Ag) 1992), who is Professor of Agribusiness at Massey University.