He Tauaa tipped to go all the way

HOT FAVOURITES: He Tauaa's Pua Pua Kuresa scores a try against the Cowboys.
HOT FAVOURITES: He Tauaa's Pua Pua Kuresa scores a try against the Cowboys.

The Southland club rugby league season has reached the pointy end with four teams lining up tomorrow for the right to play in the grand final.

Defending champions He Tauaa square-off against the Winton Warlords in the first semifinal at 1pm, while the Cowboys and Cooks clash in the second at 2.45pm.

To add to the occasion both semifinals will be played at Southland's premier outdoor sporting stadium, Rugby Park.

He Tauaa, despite being upset 66-26 by the Cowboys during a round-robin clash a couple of weeks ago, are favoured to go back-to-back after finishing the round-robin series top on 16 competition points.

They will play fourth-placed Winton, while the Cowboys qualified second and Cooks third.

The winners of tomorrow's semifinals will advance to next weekend's grand final.

Meanwhile, Southland will have teams competing in both the South Island under-15 and under-17 tournaments starting in Dunedin on Monday.

Both Southland teams will play against West Coast and Canterbury on Monday followed by games against Otago on Tuesday. They will wrap up their tournament on Wednesday against Tasman.

It will be the first time Tasman have competed in the under-15 section.

As well as the on-field activities the players will also be involved in seminars which are in place to help educate them about different life skills.

Players will be selected from the games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to take part in South Island under-15 and under-17 trials on Thursday.


Club league semifinals


He Tauaa v Winton Warlords, 1pm.

Cowboys v Cooks, 2.45pm.

* Both games will be played at Rugby Park in Invercargill.

The Southland Times