Te Anau win despite 'horrendous' errors
CLUB RUGBY: Division 1NATHAN BURDON
A second-half fightback by Riversdale wasn't enough to earn them a win against Te Anau on Saturday.
The lakesiders seemed keen to celebrate club day in style when they jumped out to a big early lead but Riversdale came storming back into their division 1 club rugby game later in the piece and probably deserved to win.
Te Anau coach Barry Tayl0r was happy to take the 24-20 bonus point, but less happy with the way it was achieved.
"It was very ordinary. We probably deserved to lose by 20 but we ended up winning with a bonus point, so you can't complain," Taylor said.
Te Anau had talked about continuing on a high after their win over Bluff last weekend but errors cost them throughout.
"It just got messy; the mistake rate was horrendous and the penalty count would have been about 25 to five [to Riversdale]. We talked about going up a level from Bluff last week and we won't even win a quarterfinal if we keep playing like that."
Mataura travelled up the road to Gore and scored a comfortable win over Pioneer, with their big forward pack to the fore.
Pioneer played into the conditions in the first half and trailed 12-nil but, when the wind died down in the second half, they found themselves trapped in their own 22m and unable to get hold of the ball with Mataura running away with the game in the second half for a 32-5 win.
Waikaka hosted Tokanui and banked a 27-6 bonus-point win despite the conditions.
"It was a very windy game but the ground was quite good," Waikaka coach Peter McIntosh said.
"We played into the wind in the first half and scored two good tries and they kicked two penalties. With the elements at our back, we were able to put the pressure on and score another three tries."
The Waikaka forward pack was impressive, particularly Welsh openside flanker Joe Tomlin-Reeves and lock Scott King, along with second-five Ethan Blomfield.
DLS scored first in their game against Waikiwi and led 12-7 at halftime.
Both teams kicked a penalty in the second half, with DLS holding on for a hard-fought 15-10 win.
In a typical derby game, Edendale grabbed the bragging rights over neighbours Wyndham with an 18-17 win after scoring the first try of the game.
Wyndham had their chances but made too many errors in a tight affair.
Wyndham 17, Edendale 18; Pioneer 5, Mataura 32; Waikaka 27, Tokanui 6; DLS 15, Waikiwi 10; Te Anau 24, Riversdale 20; Mossburn 13, Bluff 49; Ohai-Nightcaps 7, Eastern-Northern 68.
- The Southland Times