Mossburn scores five tries in its division two club rugby win
Mossburn scored a Southland division two club rugby win on Saturday but the road to victory got difficult in the final 11 minutes.
Three Mossburn players were yellow-carded during that period and at one stage in its clash with Waikiwi in Invercargill.
The players were sin-binned for, repeatedly not releasing the tackled player, deliberate knock on, and off side.
A Waikiwi player was sent to the sin bin for not rolling away and stopping the ball from coming out.
Mossburn led 20-17 at halftime and had control in the second half to win 37-22. Captained by Mason Adams, Mossburn was leading 20-3 after 25 minutes.
"We let them back in [two tries and conversions] just before halftime," Adams said.
Mossburn's distribution of the ball pleased Adams.
"We had a solid platform up front and got the ball to the backs to finish off."
Coach Todd Cavanagh was concerned at the lack of discipline that led to the three players being sin-binned.
On a brighter note, Cavanagh said No 8 Matt Clearwater, first five-eighth Alec Chapman, and blindside flanker Willie Hume played well for Mossburn. Hume went off at halftime with an injured knee.
"Matt was outstanding with the ball and Alec directed play well."
Clearwater scored a try, as did his teammates Tasi Kabakaba, Cam Cleland, Andy Hamilton and Jordan Curry. Three conversions and two penalties were kicked by Chapman.
A series of little mistakes and untidy play around the rucks cost Waikiwi, coach Derek Manson said.
"Our set pieces were good but we didn't play to what we're capable of."
Joel Ropiha, Michael Shepherd and Piet Grandieck were try-scorers for Waikiwi, while Shaun Henderson added two conversions and a penalty for the red and blacks.
In other division two action, Gore clubs Pioneer and Albion Excelsior continued to impress with big wins over Ohai-Nightcaps and Tokanui respectively, while Blues B beat Marist B in the battle of the Invercargill clubs.
In division three Riverton continue to look to be a frontrunner with their 71-5 win over Bush Pirates, while Star B posted an encouraging 27-10 in their trip to Bluff.
Mossburn 37 Waikiwi 22
Blues B 41 Marist B 16
Pioneer 47 Ohai Nightcaps 27
Albion Excelsior 39 Tokanui 7
Woodlands B 47 Collegiate 7
Otautau 56 Pirates Old Boys B 0
Riverton 71 Bush Pirates 5
Star B 27 Bluff 10