SOUTHLAND rugby league champions He Tauaa proved too strong for their Otago counterparts in the interprovincial club challenge at Sandy Point last Saturday.
He Tauaa has demonstrated their domination in Southland for the past five years and Otago’s Kia Toa Tigers knew they had a big task ahead of them.
Kia Toa Tigers opened the scoring with a try just two minutes into the game. They ran in another try about 10 minutes in.
He Tauaa then fired in to action and scored a try. From there on in, He Tauaa demonstrated their form that has seen them reign supreme in Southland for the past five years.
The half-time score was He Tauaa 34, Kia Toa Tigers 16.
He Tauaa didn’t let up in the second half, but the Kia Toa Tigers showed their tenacity to score more tries. He Tauaa were in charge, however, and went on to win 58-26.
It was a good, clean, fast-flowing game, played in great conditions before an enthusiastic crowd.
Before kick-off, a minute’s silence was observed to mark the passing of Eddie Hei Hei, who died on July 15, 2015, and is respectfully remembered.
He Tauaa 58 (Lucas Pikia (3), Javaan Fa’Amoe Ioane (2), Shaun Tamariki Todd (2), Chez Cameron (2), Willy Pera (2) tries; Sam Taukiri 6 conversions), Kia Toa Tigers 26 (Josiah Mani (2), Shane Unahi, Tayla Hazlett, Amara Folimatama tries, Vila Apuula 3 conversions).