Premier Club Rugby
There were a string of close games in Southland’s premier club rugby action today which included a confidence boosting win to Blues in their trip to Winton.
Blues went through the entire 2013 season without registering a win and dropped their opening game of 2014 against Pirates-Old Boys in week one of the competition.
However in round two they grabbed a 24-21 win over Midlands to break the drought.
The Invercargill club had to work hard for the victory after they trailed 21-7 at halftime before scoring 17 unanswered points in the second half.
Woodlands bounced back from their first up loss to Star to pip the Eastern-Northern Barbarians in a tense encounter at Woodlands.
In the third premier fixture today Marist grabbed a 17-12 win over Pirates-Old Boys which included three penalties and a drop goal to first five-eighth Scott Eade.
Blues 24 bt Midlands 21
Woodlands 15 bt Eastern-Northern Barbarians 13
Marist 17 bt Pirates-Old Boys 12
Division Two Rugby
Collegiate revealed strong early season form with a convincing 48-14 (five tries to two) walloping of plucky young visitors Waiau Star in division two rugby action in Invercargill today.
Collegiate, with a bigger pack, exerted considerable pressure on Waiau Star in set pieces and put together many effective phases, often employing ruged one-off hitters around the fringes to take ball up. The ploy proved difficult for the young, keen and lighter rivals to contain.
Collegiate manager David McIntosh said it was a luxury to be able to call on a big bench, also two reliable goal-kickers in Jason McMath and Taka Colati.
Collegiate proved adept at concerted driving mauls against lighter rivals and took first phase ball up to good purpose.
Gore visitors Albion Excelsior werwe too smart for Woodlands, commanding a definite edge for a convincing 32-16 win.
Wrights Bush dug deep in an error ridden contest to edge hosts Balfour-Lumsden 18 to 10 with left winger Logan Nicholson scoring all his team’s points with two tries, a conversion and two penalties.
Wrights Bush 18 bt Balfour 10
Collegiate 48 bt Waiau Star 14
Riverton 45 bt Central Pirates-Star 10
Blues 20 bt Midlands 10
Marist 27 bt Pirates Old Boys 13
Albion Excelsior 32 bt Woodlands 16
Three goals in each half signalled Southend United’s intention to defend Southland Football’s Premier men’s Donald Gray Cup when they beat Thistle 6-2 at Bain Park in the opening round of games in Invercargill.
Ashley Hughes gave Thistle the perfect 1-nil start when his free kick registered the first goal of the new season after just 2 minutes.
Southend was quick to reply however and goals from Kurt Knarston, Steve MacDonald and James McFelin gave them a 3-1 halftime lead.
Knarston completed his hat trick with 2 goals in the second spell with Kyle Schins adding another.
Mark Lemon netted Thistle’s second goal.
At Surrey Park Queens Park struggled to put away their chances against a stubborn Waihopai defence but managed a goal in each half to gain a 2-nil win over Waihopai.
Scott Morton who turned in a player of the day performance and rendon Lloyd with a stunning volley were the Park marksmen.