Te Anau, Wyndham records go on the line

JOHN LANGFORD
Last updated 05:00 24/04/2014

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The division one game of the round this week will be between unbeaten teams Wyndham and Te Anau.

Te Anau will make the long trip east after recording bonus point wins over Waikiwi, DLS and Pioneer.

Wyndham have thrashed Pioneer, just missed against premier team Star in a cross-over game and, in their last outing, toughed out a win at Waikaka.

Wyndham have undoubtedly faced the stronger opposition and home ground advantage places them as slight favourites heading into the weekend.

Pioneer will have targeted this round as their best chance of gaining a win, when they play Mossburn at Newman Park.

Pioneer played with a bit of ticker in their match at Te Anau according to the opposition coac, and a breakthrough win is on the cards this week.

The Edendale and Tokonui match is also likely to be tight one.

Edendale have started the season by beating Ohai, losing to Bluff and hanging on for a 22-15 win over Riversdale in round three.

It was great defence that won that game for Edendale and they'll need to keep to that standard on Saturday.

Tokonui have also lost to Bluff and beaten Riversdale 19-3 before playing Pirates Old Boys in the crossover match in round three.

Another even encounter is likely to be played out at Tulloch Park between Mataura and Riversdale.

Mataura recorded bonus point wins over Mossburn and Ohai before taking a hammering at Bluff last round.

Mataura started that game strongly but serious injuries to centre Khan Wilson and first-five Tyson Crown knocked the stuffing out of them.

Riversdale have lost to Marist, Tokonui and Edendale but coach Garth Lindsey said it was a couple of defensive errors only in the second half that cost them the Edendale game.

The Riversdale forwards are on the improve which makes this result a hard one to predict.

Drummond Limehills Star will host Ohai Nightcaps at Browns.

After losses to Waikaka and Te Anau, DLS registered their first win against Mossburn, 17-8.

Further improvement is required if they are to defeat Ohai, who got their season back on track in round three with a 57-10 victory over Waikiwi.

After previous losses to Edendale and Mataura, coach Kurt Molloy was pleased with his players.

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

Waikiwi will likely struggle to contain Bluff at Donovan Park.

Waikiwi have a victory over Mossburn this season but Bluff have earned bonus point wins over Tokonui, Edendale and Mataura.

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