Wyndham juggernaut rolls on in Southland's division one club rugby comeptition

Club rugby.
Robyn Edie

Club rugby.

Southland club rugby's division one competition leaders Wyndham continued on their winning way with a 38-10 victory at home against Waikaka on Saturday.

Waikaka had a strong first quarter but Wyndham withstood that pressure and responded to lead 19-3 at half time.

Wyndham manager Mike Henderson liked what he saw.

"It was a really good match, our boys put together a good 80 minutes and all 22 lads stepped up. The communication out there was excellent and our defence was good too. Our backs made good use of their quality ball."

Lock Dean Rabbidge was man of the match and first five-eighth Hayden Diack directed play well. The Waikaka forwards put Wyndham under pressure at the set-piece and with their rolling mauls.

Midlands earned a crucial 24-17 win at Riversdale on Saturday.

This was a hard fought game with Midlands leading 17-7 at half time.

Halfback Scott McKerchar was awarded player of the day for his all-around performance and he combined well with his brother Ben at first five-eighth.

Second five-eighth Oliver Stirling and hooker Sam Brame also had good games.

Midlands coach Dayna Cunningham was pleased to get a win at Riversdale.

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"We didn't play our best rugby but we did enough to win."

Riversdale coach Garth Lindsay was disappointed with the result.

"A couple of schoolboy errors from us gifted Midlands a couple of tries and that was that."

The Riversdale halfback-first five-eighth combination of James McLean and Dylan Bungard combined well and lock Connor Morrison added impact from the bench.

Evergreen prop Jimmy McKeown made it through a full 80 minutes.

Edendale enjoyed their bus trip home from Tuatapere after their 22-13 win over Waiau Star.

Hooker Luke Muir was player of the day in Edendale's three try victory.

Halfback Marcus Saunders, lock Matt Medley and first five-eighth Jeroe Fodie were the other standouts.

Waiau Star spokesman Blayne de Vries found some positives from the match.

"It was a fairly high quality game of rugby. It seemed like Edendale wanted it more, we started poorly and they profited from our errors. Our lineout wasn't at it's best so credit to them.

"We had our opportunities but didn't cross the line when we really needed too."

Utility forward Tama Toomata had a big game.

A dominant performance from Te Anau first five-eighth Callum Bruce provided the impetuous for his teams 33-17 win over Drummond-Limehills-Star at Drummond.

DLS did have their chances to score early on but a lack of accuracy and keen defence from Te Anau kept them out.

From that point on Bruce was calm and methodical in breaking down the home team's defence.

The former representative player found space with his punting, passing and ball-running, his accurate goal kicking was also impressive.

Lock forward Niumaia Bari was also having an impact on the game especially through his turnovers at the ruck.

Blindside flanker Jimmy Corbett was the other standout.

Te Anau led 26-0 at half time but once Bruce and Bari were substituted the locals had the better of the second half.

Te Anau were the deserving winners of the Saunders Cup.

The pre-match injury to DLS centre Teifion Davies took the wind out their sails but second five-eighth Jack Maguire and first five-eighth Dan McIlwrick still had their usual strong games.

Fullback Gareth Paul was calm at the back and assured under the high ball.

Midlands 24 Riversdale 14;
Wyndham 38 Waikaka 10;
Te Anau 33 DLS 17;
Edendale 22 Waiau Star 13;

 - Stuff

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