The Edendale and Bluff match lived up to expectations as the game of the round in the division one competition.
After an intense 80 minutes, it was Bluff who earned the maximum points with a 26-17 victory.
"It was a great spectacle; play moved quickly up and down the field. Both teams played hard and honest footy. It wasn't our best display with Edendale not allowing us to find our rhythm." Bluff coach Jason Harrison said.
Lock Heath Lawson scored two tries, while Dom Rikiti led the tenacious loose-forward trio. Faavae Kuresa was the most dangerous in the Bluff backline.
"We blew some chances and they were a bit stronger over the ball than us," Edendale coach Mark Hourston said. "Hopefully, we get to have another crack at them."
Second-five Jeroe Fodie and prop Kevin Medlicott had good games, and centre Jeremy McLeod scored two tries.
The fit and mobile Tokanui side beat Riversdale 19-3 at the Gore Showgrounds on Friday night. Heavy rain was a constant companion throughout the evening.
Tokanui led 12-3 at halftime thanks to four penalty goals to fullback Daniel Webber. After 60 minutes, Webber added a converted try, which secured the winning break and his man-of-the- match title.
Both teams defended well," Tokanui coach Rata Smith said.
"I was very happy with our front row, openside Joel Rabbage and the all-round performance of Webber."
Halfback Gavin Wilson was the pick of the Riversdale team.
Drummond Limehills Star were comprehensively beaten, 36-10, by Te Anau at Drummond. The Te Anau forward pack dominated its lightweight opponents. Frontrowers Tyler Peters, Kane Prentice and Angus Douglas earned a handful of tightheads, and Loosie Grant Taylor was an aggressive ball runner and defender.
Te Anau scored their important bonus-point try on the stroke of fulltime. DLS showed some grit on defence led by the wirey openside Jo McIlwrick, No 8 Glen Cunningham was also a tireless worker.
After losses in round one, Waikiwi and Mossburn were desperate to win their encounter at Donovan Park. Despite being short on possession, Waikiwi prevailed over the visitors, 12-6. After a scoreless first quarter in slippery conditions, Mossburn went to the break leading 6-5, thanks to two Cameron Cleland penalty goals to Triton Bain's try.
Waikiwi veteran Dion Hamilton was able to score the match winner, with Dave Wilson and midfielder Triton Bain labelled the key contributors to the win. Waikiwi were constantly beaten at the breakdown and were shut out of the lineouts by the Mossburn Stags' Ben May and William Pears. Fullback Simon Watt and second-five Robbie Selbie also played well for Mossburn but a combination of poor option-taking and good Waikiwi defence got the locals home.
Mataura continued their convincing return to the competition with a 32-19 win over Ohai Nightcaps at Tulloch Park. The visitors started with the wind at their backs and put in a good first 20 minutes but a try to impressive fullback James Ratima was all they could muster and Mataura went to oranges leading 10-5.
Mataura utility back Jodie Heaps scored two tries, but it was openside flanker Cole Birse who was the game's best player.
"It was an improved effort but we didn't capitalise on our opportunities in the first half'," Ohai coach Kurt Molloy said.
At Newman Park in Gore, Pioneer tried their best to stay in contention with Waikaka but the green machine was much too good, winning 49-8.
The Waikaka forward effort was excellent; the set piece was solid and the rolling maul was hard to stop. Two of the team's eight tries came from rolling mauls - formed at lineouts. The outstanding player was centre Tom Medlicott, who scored four tries. Regan Gutsell was also impressive out on the wing.
"It was a spirited display from Pioneer," Waikaka coach Peter McIntosh said. "And we had to play well to beat them".
Tokanui 19 (D Webber try, con, 3 pen), Riversdale 3 (W Tree pen). Bluff 26 (H Lawson 2, L Hikia, M Flutey tries; M Luafutu 3 con), Edendale 17 (J McLeod 2, B Campbell pen, 2 con).
Te Anau 36 (K Waiwiri, C Gray, G Taylor, N Serulele tries; Serulele 4 pen, 2 con), Drummond Limehills Star 10 (G Cunningham try; G Paul, con, pen).
Mataura 32 (J Heaps 2, P Roberts, K Wilson tries; T Crown 3 con, 2 pen), Ohai-Nightcaps 19 (J Ratima, D Lowe tries; Lowe 3 pen).
Waikaka 44 (T Medlicott 4, M O'Neil, P Rolston, C McIvor tries; C Rowden 3 con, pen), Pioneer 8 (Try, pen).
Waikiwi 12 (T Bain, D Hamilton tries; M Telfer con), Mossburn 6 (C Cleland 2 pen).
Star 26, Wyndham 22 (C Thompson, B Shaw, P Norman tries; J Smith 2 con, pen).
- The Southland Times