Premier Club Rugby
Next Saturday's semifinal matchups in Southland's premier club rugby competition have been decided.
Top qualifiers Woodlands will take on fourth-placed Pirates-Old Boys in one semifinal while Star and Marist will meet in the other.
The curtain come down on the Eastern-Northern Barbarians, Blues and Midlands seasons today with the final round of the round-robin series.
The Barbarians will probably be the most frustrated of the three teams to miss the semifinals given they did play some good rugby this season but finished three points out of the top four sitting in fifth place.
In their last game today against Pirates-Old Boys in Gore they finished the 2014 season on a high with a crushing 51-14 victory.
Midlands were not able to win their final game of 2014 to ensure they did not go through the competition winless although they did show plenty of spirit against Star at Centrepoint Park.
Star lead 26-7 at halftime and looked set to run up a big win but Midlands produced a strong second half to lose just 29-21 - they won the second half 14-3.
Blues also was not able to win their final fixture of the season but did also show some fight in their loss to Marist.The outscored Marist three tries to two but lost 17-15.
Eastern-Northern Barbarians 51, Pirates-Old Boys 14
Marist 17, Blues 15
Star 29, Midlands 21
Division One Club Rugby
The top eight teams in the Southland-wide division competition will advance to next weekend's quarterfinals.
Top qualifiers Edendale, Bluff, Te Anau, Wyndham, Waikaka, Riversdale, Tokanui and Mataura will go through to the knockout rounds.Edendale had the simplest task this weekend after Mossburn were forced to default due to a bout of 'flu in the camp.
Of the other quarterfinalists, Bluff, Waikaka, Mataura, Tokanui and Wyndham (who beat DLS on Friday night) were winners today, while Te Anau slumped to a second straight loss.
For the remaining five teams in division one, the season has come to an end.
Bluff 29 Riversdale 22
Waikaka 27, Waikiwi 9
Mataura 30, Te Anau 24
Tokanui 46, Ohai-Nightcaps 0
Wyndham 18, DLS 14 (Friday night)
Edendale beat Mossburn by default
Old Boys clinched the 2014 Southland Football Premier Men's Donald Gray cup title when the
accounted for Waihopai 8-nil at Surrey Park in Invercargill.
With three competition games remaining Old Boys have an unassailable eight point lead on the points table ahead of Queens Park who have only two games to play.
Waihopai provided token opposition for the first ten minutes of their game against Old Boys butthen a double strike from Old Boys Joel Fletcher put his team 2-nil ahead and ended the Waihopai resistance.
From then on it was wave after wave of Old Boys attacks.
Thanks to some over enthusiastic off-target shooting by the Old Boys forwards and some brave saves from Waihopai keeper Shane Harpur only one further goal, from James Tucker, was added to the score before the half timebreak.
Callum Smith, soon to leave with the Otago team for the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, stamped his authority on the second-half scoring four unanswered goals before Fletcher completed his hat trick and the afternoon's 8-nil tally.
At the ILT Turf Queens Park ran riot over Thistle running up a 6-1 lead by half time and then adding a further nine goals to complete a 15-1 thrashing.
Stu Kent 6, Matty Burgess 4, George Edwards 2, Kevin Downie, Jordan McIntosh and Tobi Reid contributed the goals for
Queens Park to a lone penalty from Ali Smith for Thistle.
Division One: Queens Park 4, GoPro Invercargill Thistle 0; Old Boys 5, Gore Wanderers Red 1; Winton 4, Gore Wanderers Black 2; Western Rovers 6, Arrow International Waihopai 1;
Division Two-Cup: Old Boys Red 1, Southend United Green 1; Old Boys Black 2, Cleanways Thistle 0; Gore Wanderers 3, Thistle Blue 1;
Division Two-Trophy: Smiths City Waihopai 2, Queens Park Masters 1; Southend United Black 2 Queens Park 1; Old Boys White 6, Western Rovers 1;
Division Two Club Rugby
Blues dug deep to down the formidable Collegiate team 15-10 in a thrilling and spirited clash at Centrepoint Park in Southland-wide division two rugby action today.
"It was certainly a tough and tense game that could have gone either way and Collegiate never gave up,'' referee Nathan Lyall said.
"I am ecstatic with this win,'' coach Simon Frisby said of his Blues team which had to pull out all the stops and play smart rugby to down Collegiate.
"Plenty of heart and guts won through for the boys,'' Frisby added.
Collegiate threatened the Blues line twice in the closing minutes but Blues found something extra to keep them out. Blues applied pressure throughout and Collegiate was unable to gain much structure and made too many errors under stress.
Frisby identified Sean Collier at fullback and pivot and captain Jack Egerton who kicked four penalties as two of his stars in a fine overall team effort. Blues also beat Collegiate narrowly in earlier Round Robin play.
Front runners Marist also had to dig deep to down a gutsy Pirates Old Boys 27-20. Marist had loose forward Willie Pera red carded for kneeing a rival player on halftime and was reduced to 13 men for 10 minutes in the second half for a yellow card offence.
Riverton remained in favour as a championship contender with a rousing 61-12 success over Excelsior at Gore.
Results of Southland-wide division two games played today were:
Marist 27 bt Pirates Old Boys 20
Blues 15 bt Collegiate 10
Riverton 61 bt Albion Excelsior 12
Midlands 15 bt Central Star 9
Wrights Bush 12 bt Balfour Lumsden 10
Waiau Star 72 bt Woodlands 0
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