Midweek Southland club rugby action for Easter week

Club rugby.
Robyn Edie

Club rugby.

Round three of Southland club rugby action has been squeezed in midweek this week to free up Easter weekend for players and officials.

In division one the Riversdale and Wyndham game were scheduled to play on Wednesday night.

The winless Te Anau will have ground advantage over the unbeaten Midlands in one of the games played on Thursday night.

Te Anau coach Barry Taylor said his team could have won their two games but inexperience has cost them at vital times.

"We botched three tries against Riverdale and only missed a couple of tackles on Tamou that cost us the Waikaka game."

The Te Anau supporters can see good times ahead for the club with seven of the teams players still eligible for age group rugby this year. Those teenagers all have apprenticeships in the town.

Midlands coach Dayna Cunningham is very happy with how his team have performed in their wins over Edendale and Riversdale.

Edendale are yet to win this season but coach John Fodie won't be panicking about that ahead of their home game against Waikaka on Thursday night.

The six division one teams know this first round counts for little compared to in previous seasons. The points table will be reset before the second round with the top four sides taking a small advantage with them in the form of a 4, 3, 2 and 1 bonus points.

Edendale have shown enough in their close losses to Midlands and Wyndham to take confidence into this match. Waikaka made a slow start to their game at Te Anau but their defence was sound and they took their few scoring chances on offer to win 14-11.

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In the division one qualifying grade the unbeaten Drummond-Limehills-Star will meet the winless Ohai Nightcaps at Limehills at 7.30pm on Wednesday night.

All 22 DLS players had a good run in their 52-12 against Waikiwi. Ohai were in contention at half time against Mossburn but were ultimately outplayed in all facets of play.

Waikiwi get their chance to find some form against Tokanui at Les George Oval on Thursday at 7.30pm.

Waikiwi have been performing at a level below their expectations this year, but the struggle is very real at Tokanui.

Tokanui only just scratched together a team this year and are treading water until joining the second division in the next round.

Co-coach Rodger Buckingham remains positive.

"We do have to a team on the paddock and now we need to work out where our strengths are and build a team around them."

Mossburn and Waiau Star will meet in stag town on Thursday night.

Both sides are coming off big wins; Waiau Star demolished Tokanui 62-5 and Mossburn beat Ohai Nightcaps 45-7.

The winner of this game will stay on schedule to secure one of the two spots that takes them through to division one for the second round.

In the premier grade one game was scheduled for Wednesday night with the Eastern-Northen Barbarians and Blues meeting at the Gore Showgrounds.

On Thursday night at Rugby Park the top of the table Marist will play Star who are searching for their first win. While Woodlands and Pirates-Old Boys are set to meet at Woodlands.

In division two, Collegiate and Bush Pirates were scheduled to play at the Les George Oval on Wednesday night, with the Pioneer v Balfour/Lumsden, Allbion-Excelsior v Wakatipu, and Otautau v Bluff games all being played on Thursday night.



Barbarians v Blues at Gore, Wednesday 7.30pm

Woodlands v Pirates-Old Boys at Woodlands, Thursday 7.30pm

Star v Marist at Rugby Park, Thursday 7.30pm

Division One

Riversdale v Wyndham at Gore, Wednesday 7.30pm

Edendale v Waikaka at Edendale, Thursday 7.30pm

Te Anau v Midlands at Te Anau, Thursday 7.30pm

Division One Qualifying

Drummond-Limehills-Star v Ohai-Nightcaps, at Limehills, Wednesday 7.30pm

Waikiwi v Tokanui at Les George Oval, Thursday 7.30pm

Mossburn v Waiau Star, at Mossburn, Thursday 7.30pm

Division Two

Collegiate v Bush Pirates, at Les George, Wednesday 7.30pm

Pioneer v Balfour/Lumsden, at Gore, Thursday 7.30pm

Otautau v Bluff, at Riverton, Thursday 7.30pm





 - Stuff

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