Goalkickers crucial in having shot at title

20:02, May 14 2014

The division one competition points table is starting to take shape heading into the sixth of 12 rounds.

Saturday is tipped to be moving day on the ladder with the the top seven teams poised to put a break on the bottom six.

Goal kickers were a topic of discussion last weekend; you've either got one or you don't.

In a reasonably even competition goalkicking is the obvious difference between some of the teams.

So far the kickers haven't decided any of the major games, but some scores have turned into blowouts thanks to accurate converting, while other losing teams have dodged embarrassment only due to the defunct radar on the opposition boot.

Te Anau's Fijian flier Napoli Serulele can land goals from anywhere.


Napoli converted four of his team's five tries against Waikaka last week. He also added two penalty shots including one from 55m.

Wyndham fullback Josh Smith is also racking up the points - he kicked an impressive eight from 11 at Mossburn last week.

Riversdale are shaping up as finals contenders, but without a goalkicker it won't be as easy as it could be. Riversdale managed to convert only one of their six tries against Waikiwi.

Bluff are the current competition favourites, but amongst their talented roster there doesn't appear to be a goalkicker.

Bluff scored nine tries against DLS last week but could convert only two.

These statistics are a concern to coach Jason Harrison leading into the tough games ahead.

Waikiwi are struggling to fill their 22 jerseys this season, but the men that have donned the red and black have had a keen attitude.

They will need to produce their best again on Saturday to beat the in-form Tokanui at Donovan Park.

Wyndham are hot favourites against Ohai-Nightcaps, while Bluff are at similarly short odds to win at Pioneer.

Drummond Limehills Star will need to show some much-needed aggression if they are to combat a solid Riversdale pack.

Mataura will struggle to stick with Edendale at Tulloch Park.

The Magpies played well in their 28-10 loss to Blues last week.

Waikaka will hold too many guns for Mossburn, while Te Anau are hoping to test themselves against the Woodlands' Chiefs players Robbie Robinson and Jamie Mackintosh.

Prop Henry Douglas doesn't hold too many concerns about taking on the Southland skipper.

"I'm going to lead from the front and buckle him up like a Roman sandal."

The Southland Times