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Premier Club Rugby
Pirates-Old Boys, Midlands and Blues have done their semi-final hopes wonders as the trio grabbed important wins in Southland's premier club rugby competition today.
A loss for Midlands and Pirates-Old Boys in particular would have delivered a sharp knife to their play-off hopes as they sat last and second last respectively heading into today's round.
Midlands lead all the way in their matchup against Marist in Winton and extended a 16-10 halftime lead to a 28-10 win in the second half.
The win sends Midlands to fifth on the competition points standings while Marist slide down to the bottom of the table.
The Eastern-Northern Barbarians have had an impressive debut season but have quickly found a bogey team in the form of Pirates-Old Boys.
Pirates-Old Boys earlier in the season grabbed a victory at Surrey Park in Invercargill and today in the rematch at the Gore Showgrounds were again too good winning a low-scoring affair 11-3.
In the third premier game played today Blues also made it two from against Star beating the blue-and-white brigade 14-11 in a tight one at the Les George Oval.
The win means Blues leapfrog the Eastern-Northern Barbarians into second place on the points standings.
Star keep hold of their fourth spot but now have a extremely important showdown with the Eastern-Northern Barbarians next Saturday.
Woodlands had the bye today but remain on top of the table with a handy nine point buffer.
Division One Club Rugby
The feature match in Division One this weekend was the Waiau Star versus Riversdale match at the picturesque Tuatapere Domain.
The visitors led 6 nil at halftime and 26-6 at full time. Rversdale were desperate to win this game which took them into the top four.
Waikiwi were convincingly beaten 27-8 at Drummond. DLS lost their first round match to Waikiwi but never looked in doubt on Saturday.
DLS made a good start but their discipline was not up to referee Kirk Rae's standards and after numerous penalties DLS lost a man to the sin bin. Prop Nick Kincaid scored the first try and halfback Richie Alison the next after 20 minutes.
It looked like the blues would run away with this match but a few wrong options made for a scoreless second quarter despite their complete territory and possession domination.
Waikiwi scored soon after the break and their defensive line speed improved markedly.
The home side regained control after tries to Nick Kincaid and Steve Brunell. On the stroke of full-time Alison scored his second for the day. Loose forwards Tom Wylie and Greg Laughton got their team moving forward which allowed Dan McIlwrick to showcase his silky skills.
Mataura lost to Te Anau 37-15 at the lakeside ground which was uncharacteristically wet after heavy rain for the previous 24 hours.
Matura wing Dan Cowan scored an early try but tries to Dan Hall and Darren Donnelly helped the locals to a 22-12 lead at halftime. After a quiet third quarter the local team finished strongly with tries to Craig Sharp, Luke Barker and Fine Machine.
The steadily improving Waikaka team had a home game against Edendale but the result is unavailable at this stage
Highlanders First XV Rugby
Kavanagh College ran out 48-17 winners over James Hargest in what was the battle of the two winless teams in the Highlanders-wide first XV rugby competition today.
Southland Boys' High School grabbed a bonus point 29-3 over South Otago High while the impressive Otago Boys' again passed the half-century, notching a 55-16 win over Waitaki Boys' High.
King's were too strong for Gore High, winning 35-20, St Kevin's edged Dunstan High 10-8 and John McGlashan beat Menzies College 18-8.
Old Boys staved off a strong challenge from Waihopai before eventually winning 3-2
in their Donald Gray cup clash on a good winter surface at Surrey Park.
Waihopai scored first, and went to the break with a 1 goal advantage.
However Old Boys netted three consecutive goals before Waihopai scored their second.
Old Boys maintain their league leadership and retained the Larry O'Rorke challenge cup.
Old Boys 3, Scott Kiddey 2, Hamish Low beat Waihopai 2, Mike Seibt, Nathan Singh;
Thistle 3, Karl Hawkes 2, Daniel Ashby beat Southend United 2 Steve Macdonald, James McFelin;
Queens Park 4, Stu Kent 2, Mark Pearson, Ross Johnston beat Youth Academy 0;
Old Boys 23, Queens Park 18, Waihopai 14, Thistle 10, Youth Academy 9, Southend United 4
The Southland Times