Top seven open 8-point gap

JOHN LANGFORD
Last updated 13:32 19/05/2014

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The division one club rugby competition points table took shape after the sixth round.

The top seven teams have put an eight-point break on the bottom six, who all lost on Saturday.

Drummond-Limehills-Star failed to combat a solid Riversdale pack at Drummond. The visitors won 25-12 in an error-riddled match.

Tighthead scrums were a feature of a dominant first-half forward effort, which led to some good team tries and a 19-7 lead. The scrambling defence from the outsized locals was admirable - especially from loosies Grayson Hamilton, Tom Wylie and Jack Maguire.

The second half was a scrappy affair. One of the few moments to awaken the crowd was a big defensive hit that led to a penalty goal late in the game; the visitors opted for another penalty goal instead of pushing for the bonus- point try.

DLS finally gained some momentum in the closing stages and a try to replacement Steve Brunell was the result.

Hooker James McEwan, prop Matthew Tayles, lock Jamie Elliott were three of the Riversdale tight five to deserve mention.

Halfback Gavin Wilson and hard-running centres Matt Collins and Mark Tree played well.

Riversdale coach Garth Lindsay was very happy to get a win against DLS, who have been their bogey team in recent years.

Prop Ben Scott showed plenty of toughness for the combined side.

Wyndham beat Ohai-Nightcaps 53-14, and the visitors were well on the ropes at halftime, trailing 34-14.

Wyndham veterans Gerard Tree (midfield) and Tim McRae (flanker) continued to show the same energy and commitment as their youthful team-mates.

Glen Minty toiled away at lock for Ohai, earning his team's player-of-the-day award, while impressive centre James Ratima used the chip-and-chase move to score two tries.

"The boys never gave up but they did lack the fitness to shut down the Wyndham backs, who were running rampant," Ohai coach Kurt Molloy said.

Edendale prevailed 29-18 over Mataura at Tulloch Park.

Edendale led 22-6 at halftime, and wing Phil Brown was heavily involved, being rewarded with three tries. Utility back Bram Fodie scored a double and Luke Muir was busy at hooker.

Waikaka held too many guns for Mossburn, winning 58-0. Mossburn played well in the first 20 minutes but missed too many tackles, to forfeit a 17-point lead at halftime. The game opened up in the second half with the Waikaka backs scoring six of their team's eight tries.

Loose forwards Alex Pearce, Jo Tomlan-Rees and Dan Peterson all had fantastic games.

Mossburn loose forward John Blair, hooker Willie Prats and halfback Hayden Ross also had good games.

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Waikiwi succumbed 42-29 to the in-form Tokanui at Donovan Park. The visitors went to the break leading 17-15.

Tokanui coach Rata Smith predicts the Waikiwi team will improve as the season wears on.

Bluff earned a comfortable 41-17 win at Pioneer, while Te Anau fought valiantly against Woodlands but ultimately the premier team came out on top.

- The Southland Times

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