Skipper leads by example in Ohai triumph

JOHN LANGFORD
Last updated 05:00 14/04/2014

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Ohai Nightcaps got their season back on track with a 57-10 victory over Waikiwi. The combined side started strongly and had built a 24-7 lead by halftime.

Fullback Ricky Skipper scored an early try, and went on to earn player of the day honours.

Ohai coach Kurt Molloy was pleased with his troops.

"The set piece was good and there was a big improvement with support play."

Midfielder Ben Hunt scored a hat-trick of tries; a couple through supporting workhorse flankers Matt Adams and Graham Levett. Reserve Sean Excell made an impact off the bench, scoring two tries.

Te Anau overcome a gutsy Pioneer team 37-14. The locals led 20-7 at halftime. "Pioneer played with a bit of ticker and upset our rhythm. We need to be better next week to compete with Wyndham," Te Anau coach Barry Taylor said.

Ray Hemi had a big game, scoring three of the team's seven tries. Damian Barnes and Craig Sutherland also played well.

Flanker Daniel Bestiaansen was Pioneer's best, while the other impressive players were Blair Falconer and Anthony Broom.

After a keenly contested 80 minutes at Riversdale, Edendale hung on for a 22-15 win.

The locals started strongly and the scores were locked at 10-10 at halftime. Riversdale also had the better of the third quarter but coach Garth Lindsey said a couple of defensive errors in the second half "probably cost the game".

Edendale coach Mark Hourston said it was "great defence that brought us home; they were hammering our line in the final 10 minutes".

The Riversdale forwards put in a much-improved effort, with lock Jamie Elliot a key contributor, while second-five Matt Collins was the pick of the backs.

Bluff outclassed a depleted Mataura team 67-5. Mataura started and ended the first half strong by moving the ball out wide, but fell off tackles throughout the rest of game.

Mataura's chances were all but extinguished when centre Khan Wilson broke his jaw after 20 minutes. Worse was to come when first five Tyson Crown was taken to hospital with a back and neck injury early in the second half.

Drummond Limehills Star registered their first win of the season against Mossburn. The visitors led 10-0 at halftime and 17-8 at curtains. Prop Andrew Brown and No 8 Glen Cunningham were the standout players for DLS but assistant coach Jo McIllwrick was generally unimpressed with his side's performance.

"We are not getting carried away; we know the quality of that match was sub-standard."

Mossburn management agreed it was an average spectacle.

Prop Mason Adams and lock Willy Pears were the pick of the forwards, and halfback Hayden Ross and fullback Simon Watt could also hold their heads up.

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Wyndham came away from Waikaka with a 22-5 bonus-point win. Dual try-scorer Mike Luxmore played well. The Wyndham defence pleased their management team.

- The Southland Times

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