Woodlands wins Galbraith Shield
Woodlands coach Damien Pine paid credit to a tough Star side following his team's 22-16 Galbraith Shield win at Rugby Park yesterday afternoon.
Woodlands were forced to come back from 10-nil down after 10 minutes, and again from a 13-10 deficit in the second half before holding on resolutely as Star pushed for a late match-winner.
''We knew they would start well and we just hoped that if we kept our composure maybe at the tail end of the game our fitness would come through,'' Pine said.
''We knew they had some issues during the week with calling guys in and maybe their combinations wouldn't be as good towards the end of the game.''
Woodlands have become the first team in 19 years to win the Southland premier club rugby title two years in a row, a try by fullback Warrick Lynn with seven minutes to go opening up a six point gap that was the defending champions' biggest lead of the game.
The Southland Stags squad for the 2013 season will be named tomorrow.
How the game unfolded yesterday.
2.30pm: Mark McHugh leading Star out, will also be throwing into the line out if the warm ups are anything to go by.
2.35pm: Alex Taylor in his 50th game for Woodlands leads the defending champs out.
2.42pm: Star strike first, penalty from in front by Pale Tuilagi 3-0
2.44pm: Taylor Adams scores next to the posts for Star after a break up the middle by Tuilagi who adds the extra 10-nil
2.49pm: Marty McKenzie gets Woodlands on the board with a penalty. Star lead 10-3.
3.03pm: Marty McKenzie scores a try and adds the extras for 10-all.
3.11pm: Taylor Adam misses with an angled penalty of about 50m. Five minutes to go in the half 10-all.
3.15pm: Halftime at Rugby Park 10-all. Good even contest. Woodlands just seemed to be getting on top in the back end of the half.
3.25pm: Second half under way.
3.29pm: McKenzie penalty misses from handy range after 45min, 10-10
3.34pm: Tuilagi penalty gives Star the lead again 13-10
3.43pm: Sonny Rangitoheriri scores for Woodlands, McKenzie adds the extras from out wide. Woodlands lead for first time in the game.
3.51pm: Tuilagi penalty from 37m cuts the deficit to one point. Woodlands lead 17-16 with 12min to play.
3.58pm: Warrick Lynn scores for Woodies, but McKenzie misses conversion, would have killed Stars chances 22-16 with five to play.
4pm: Woodlands claim back-to-back titles 22-16. First team in 19 years to do it.
The Southland Times