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By Will Evans
Wooden spooners last season, the Lions are staking an early claim as 2021's surprise packet after following up their big season-opening win over Eastern Eagles with a come-from-behind 24-22 defeat of Halswell Hornets.
The Lions trailed 14-8 at halftime but scored three tries to one in the second stanza - with hooker Jordan Kamana grabbing a double to take his season tally to five - to edge out the Hornets.
Hornby overwhelmed Papanui Tigers 34-14 after a hard-fought opening 40 minutes.
The Panthers led just 14-10 at the break before breaking the Tigers' defensive resolve.
Captain Sincere Harraway, who slotted in at fullback after starring in the halves in round 1, scored a hat-trick for the second straight match.
Linwood ran in nine tries to power to a 44-14 win over Riccarton Knights at Crosbie Park.
Hooker Kyle Amer and winger Rangi Thompson both notched two tries for the five-time defending champs.
After going down to the Keas in last week's Grand Final rematch, Northern Bulldogs were the biggest winners of round 2, piling on 10 tries in a 54-14 demolition of Eastern Eagles at Murphy Park.
Winger Keeghan Woolley was the chief beneficiary of the Bulldogs' attacking onslaught, collecting a hat-trick, while fullback Nick Wain scored two tries.
Men's Premiership round 2 results
- Celebration Lions 24 (Jordan Kamana 2, Maoluma Sekaria, Jarvis Ataera, Taniela Leka tries; Leka 2 goals) defeated Halswell Hornets 22 (Tom Campbell 2, Jamie Nutridge, Oliver Watts tries; Nutridge 3 goals)
- Hornby Panthers 34 (Sincere Harraway 3, Charlie Charlie 2, Corey Lawrie, Eti Collins tries; Harraway 3 goals) defeated Papanui Tigers 14 (Sua Aiiloilo 2, Caleb Tauamiti tries; Kasiano Petelo goal)
- Linwood Keas 44 (Rangi Thompson 2, Kyle Amer 2, Penitito Ilalio, Matthew Sauni, Alex Todd, Leon Jarden, Graeme Patu-Vaega'au tries; Amer 4 goals) defeated Riccarton Knights 14 (Edward Elia, Jahrome Clark, Kolio Vailu'u tries; Matariri Halbert-Pere goal)
- Northern Bulldogs 54 (Keeghan Woolley 3, Nick Wain 2, Vinnie Paul, Cameron Godfrey, Kayne Smith, Richard Earl, Todd Couch tries; Josh Endacott 7 goals) defeated Eastern Eagles 14 (Alistair Roberts, Uriah Esau, Semi Petelo tries; Daniel Hartley goal)
Canterbury Cup premier reserves round 2 results
- Halswell Hornets 42 defeated Ashburton Barbarians 12
- Papanui-Marist 42 defeated Hornby Panthers 8
- Linwood Keas 78 defeated Burnham Chevaliers 12
- Woolston Rams 20 defeated Shirley Hawks 18
- Northern Bulldogs 20-0 Eastern Eagles