Plenty of positives for South Canterbury from Otago B hit out

Joseteki Veikune ahd a big impact when he came on against Otago B.
Clive Callow

Joseteki Veikune ahd a big impact when he came on against Otago B.

The score doesn't reflect how close the game between South Canterbury and Otago B was.

The 40-12 scoreline in their clash at Kettle Park, isn't a fair indication of the match that took place.

South Canterbury headed into the clash full of confidence after a good first up win against the Canterbury Maori last weekend.

Vaitilli Tora was one of South Canterbury's best against Otago B.
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Vaitilli Tora was one of South Canterbury's best against Otago B.

Otago B were always going to provide a stern test for South Canterbury, as they went through the 2016 season undefeated and they proved just that.

"There were certainly plenty of things I was really happy about. 

"We played some really good rugby in parts of the match and I'm happy with where we're heading, they were a good side and the match was closer than the scoreline suggests," South Canterbury Heartland coach Barry Matthews said.

South Canterbury went into the clash with a number of frontline players missing and no loan players, while player of origin Phil Henderson came off te bench.

"We're still working on a couple of players and hopefully they'll arrive this week."

Matthews said the lineout was a real highlight.

"It was outstanding it gave us some very good ball."

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He said their major work on ahead of their opening Heartland Championship clash against Buller was the fitness and defensively.

"We just weren't as fit as them and some defensive lapses cost us a bit."

A number of players pressed their claims for a spot in the match day 22 on August 26.

"Loni (Toumohuni) was very good in what was his first start for South Canterbury in the midfield at that level, while Vaitilli Tora attacked strong for the whole clash."

Matthews was also impressed with Joseteki Veikune when he was introduced off the bench.

"Teki added a lot and played well when he came on."

South Canterbury are holding a camp next weekend as Matthews said they were unable to get a match for next weekend.

"It's a tad disappointing as we would've loved one but unfortunately we couldn't find anyone to play.

"We've organised a camp, which will be a chance to iron out a few things."

Tora scored a good try for South Canterbury, while the second one came from an impressive forward drive off a lineout."

 - Stuff

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