Riverton celebrate club day with win

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 13:58 09/06/2014

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Riverton celebrated their club day and a great team of the past with a 35-5 win over Wrights Bush in division two action on Saturday.

With 18 surviving members of the 1964 team that won the Western Banner and narrowly lost 17-14 to Blues in a Southland-wide club championship on hand celebrating a 50th jubilee, the senior team scored five tries in their win.

Goalkicking halfback Colin Thompson was a standout for Riverton, with club president Rodney Lonneker among the try- scorers.

The conditions got the better of the game in the second half as Pirates-Old Boys ground out a 23-10 win over Central Pirates-Star at Wilson's Crossing.

The visitors were ahead 16-0 at halftime before the sticky conditions turned the second half into forward-oriented game.

Fullback Jordan Davis and lock Corban Winiata impressed for Pirates-Old Boys. A good performance from try-scorer Kurt McClutchie helped Woodlands pull away from Midlands in their second half of their game at Woodlands.

Leading 10-7 at the break, the home team won 22-12 with two tries to Brennan Melbin and a conversion to Richard Te Raki.

Woodlands are looking forward to a Thursday night game, rescheduled to make way for the test in Dunedin, against Pirates-Old Boys at Rugby Park.

Manager Shane Steel said it would be the first time playing at headquarters for many of the Woodlands players.

Albion-Excelsior weren't able to fully capitalise on a big 29-0 halftime lead, but were still comfortable winners over Balfour- Lumsden.

Coach Jason Webb was pleased with the performance over the first 40 minutes but felt his team fell asleep for 20 minutes in the second half. Flanker Chris Ponga, No 8 Cody Sayer and tighthead prop Shannon Robinson had good games for the Gore team.

Blues overcame Collegiate 13-12 at home.

Marist got back on the horse with a 59-25 win over Waiau Star.

Marist coach Nathan Burgess paid credit to referee Mike Taylor for playing his part in the high- scoring affair. Taylor had a good grasp of the rules and was the best official Marist had encountered this season, Burgess said.

First-five Jeremy Boyle controlled the game well for the home team, while openside Jamie Ballock and blindside Willy Pera also had good games.

FINAL WHISTLE

Central Pirates-Star 10, Pirates- Old Boys 23; Woodlands 22, Midlands 12; Albion-Excelsior 41, Balfour-Lumsden 5; Blues 13, Collegiate 12; Marist 59, Waiau Star 25; Riverton 35, Wrights Bush 5.

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