We take a look at how things played out around the sports grounds this weekend.
Old Boys took a clear lead in Southland Football's Donald Gray cup premier men's competition when they convincingly accounted for Queens Park 7-0 at Waverley Park.
In doing so they also claimed the Larry O'Rorke challenge cup and sent out a clear message thatthey will be the team to beat to other title aspirants.
Their half time 2-nil lead was hard earned through goals from James Tucker and an Atain Halley penalty and there was no indication of the carnage that lay ahead in the second spell.
Goals from Halley and Tucker, a second each, and Callum Smith, Scott Kiddey and Jack Boland without reply from Queens Park tells the tale.
Queens Park keeper Chris Pearson was sent from the field during the second spell but with the score at 5-nil the damage had already been done.
At Surrey Park Southend United beat Waihopai 4-2 in a "game of two halves" with all the goals coming in the second stanza.
Waihopai took the lead shortly after the break but Southend quickly equalised then went ahead 2-1 and stretched their lead to 3-1 before Waihopai replied to make it 3-2.
Southend put a sequence of three losses behind them when they completed the scoring and the 4-2win with a fourth goal.
Thistle 1, Winton 1;
Gore Black 4, Western 1;
Gore Red 0, Queens Park 0;
Queens Park 4, Waihopai 0;
Old Boys Red 11, Queens Park Masters 0,
Southend Black 3, Old Boys White 1;
Thistle Blue 10, Western 1;
Gore 2, Cleanways Thistle 1;
Old Boys Black 4, Southend Green 1;
Premier Club Rugby
A 22 point haul from first five-eighth Scott Eade has led Marist to a 22-6 win over Blues in Southland's premier club rugby game played at the Les George Oval today.
The two teams traded penalties early in the game and the scores were locked up at 6-all before Marist pulled away thanks mainly to the boot of Eade.
All up he kicked five penalties and converted the try he scored, the only five pointer of the game.
Midlands went ever so close to claiming what would have been an upset win over Star at Winton in another premier game played today.
Star went into the game with a five win, zero loss record while Midlands were winless through their first five games.
The Paul Henderson-coached team started the best today to lead Star 8-nil and got out to a 13-5 lead before Star score 17 unanswered points.
In the second half the two teams traded points and at fulltime Star narrowly held onto a 32-31 win to maintain their unbeaten record. Although it was probably Midlands who come away from the game with the most credit.
The Pirates-Old Boys versus Eastern-Northern Barbarians clash at Surrey Park in Invercargill today had plenty riding on it given the tight race for a semi-finals spot.
It was a comeback win for Pirates-Old Boys after they trailed 14-3 at one stage.
The homeside rallied to claim an all important 27-19 victory.
In the cross-over match premier team Woodlands beat Te Anau in Te Anau 55-7.
Star 32, Midlands 31
Pirates-Old Boys 27, Eastern-Northern Barbarians 19
Marist 22, Blues 6
Woodlands 55, Te Anau 7 (cross-over)
Highlanders First XV Rugby
John McGlashan College 56, Gore High School 12
St Peter's College 27, Dunstan High School 14
St Kevin's College 65, Central Southland College 0
Otago Boys' High School 81, James Hargest College 0
King's High School 36, Waitaki Boys' High School 30
Southland Boys' High School 60, Menzies College 0
South Otago High School 24, Mt Aspiring College 15
Division One Club Rugby
Southland's division one club rugby competition points table took shape after the sixth round today.
The top seven teams have put a break on the bottom six.
Waikiwi the succumbed 41-27 to the in-form Tokanui at Donovan Park, while Bluff earned a comfortable 41-17 win at Pioneer.
Wyndham were hot favourites to beat Ohai-Nightcaps, but the 55-14 scoreline was more than expected.
Drummond-Limehills-Star failed to combat a solid Riversdale pack. The visitors won 25-12 in an error ridden match.
Mataura struggled to stick with Edendale at Tulloch Park, the magpies running out 29-18 winners.
Waikaka held too many guns for Mossburn, winning 58-nil and Te Anau fought valiantly against Woodlands but the premier team came out on top.
Tokanui 41, Waikiwi 27
Wyndham 55, Ohai-Nightcaps 14
Bluff 41, Pioneer 17
Riversdale 25, DLS 12
Edendale 29, Mataura 18
Waikaka 58, Mossburn 0
Division Two Club Rugby
Jason McMath's competent goal kicking got hosts Collegiate home 12-8 in a Top of the Table nail biter in division two action at Lindisfarne in Invercargill today.
The keenly awaited showdown of the two unbeaten heavyweights went right down to the wire and could have gone either way at the drop of a hat.
McMath succeeded with four of five penalty attempts to give the proud, committed and unbeaten hosts victory.
Marist player coach Nathan Burgess said after: "In the end, we were out-passioned by the Collegiate team.''
"Perhaps we did not play to the referee well enough at times and that is what you have to do. Collegiate captain Ratah Kite said it was "a bloody hard game and Marist did very well too.''
The young and emerging Waiau Star team served further notice of its potential with an impressive 36-12 defeat of visitors Wrights Bush whose coach Brendan Hamilton said the winners certainly looked a team of the future.
Riverton 10, Woodlands 5 (Friday night)
Collegiate 12, Marist 8
Waiau Star 36, Wrights Bush 12
Pirates Old Boys 32, Albion-Excelsior 29
Blues 23, Balfour Lumsden 5
Midlands 22, Central Pirates/Star 12
- The Southland Times
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