Cowboys hold on to down Cooks

JAMIE SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 14/04/2014
Rugby league
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CAUGHT: Junior Toparea (Cowboys) is tackled by Ethan Ramage (Cooks) during their round two club competition match in Invercargill yesterday.

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Cowboys scored all their points in the first half when beating Cooks 26-22 in the second round of the Southland rugby league club competition in Invercargill yesterday.

Minor injuries, including cramp, hindered Cowboys in the second half, coach Jeremy Borland said.

"The boys showed good heart. There's still a lot to work on, but it's good to get the win.

Borland said props Aaron Carson and Tuki Hiko, lock Hawera Johnson and second-rower Billy Cooper were major contributors in the Cowboys team.

A bad start cost Cooks, coach Eddie Hei Hei said.

"Cowboys capitalised on our mistakes and we were playing catch up."

He Tauaa were too strong for Winton Warlords 62-22 in the other game yesterday.

Coach Moses Fa'amoe Ioane was pleased to see skills learned last year being used by He Tauaa. He praised props Brayden Symon and Iona Sipa for their workrate.

Omeka Raimona did his part scoring three tries, including an 80m charge to the line late in the game.

A few sprained ankles and a lack of inter-change counted against Winton Warlords, coach Andrew Osborn said.

"The boys put everything into it. He Tauaa capitalised on our mistakes."

There will be no rugby league next weekend because of the Easter break.

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- The Southland Times

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