MARIST and Star earned important wins last weekend in round six of the Galbraith Shield club rugby competition, as they endeavour to keep in contact with leader Woodlands.
Marist got its season back on track with a 38-18 win over Pirates Old Boys at Miller St, Invercargill. Marist led 13-6 at half-time and at one point, 33-6.
Marist halfback Raniera Takarangi displayed a high level of accuracy with his kicking and passing. Centre Tevita Latu was a strong ball-carrier and left wing Keanu Kahukura was equally dangerous.
Marist’s blindside flanker James Moodie was man of the match.
Star also rescued its season at the Gore Showgrounds with a 25-15 win over the Eastern Northern Barbarians.
Blues was forced to default to Woodlands, due to an injury ravaged front row.
Woodlands is home again this Saturday for the round eight match against Pirates Old Boys.
Marist hosts Eastern Northern Barbarians and Star plays Blues at Waverly Park.
Midlands still leads the highly competitive Ack Soper Shield division one competition, despite losing 41-16 in Te Anau last week.
Midlands led 8-5 after 20 minutes but the locals slowly built the lead. Isaac Wairau scored two of Te Anau’s six tries.
Edendale chose to play its game against Riversdale in Mataura. Mataura did not enter a senior team this season and a handful of their players joined the Edendale team including the game’s first try scorer Tyson Crown. Edendale had a 43-nil win after leading 24-nil at half-time.
Waikaka won the Wallis Shield and Jef Lamb Memorial trophies after upsetting Wyndham 19-15. Waikaka got to a 14-point lead at home before Wyndham brought it back to 14-10 at half-time.
Tokanui remains a title contender in the division two Gerald Dermody Shield after handing the Mossburn Stags a second consecutive loss. Tokanui’s 25-7 win has it second on the table, two points behind Pioneer with three games remaining.
Pioneer and Tokanui meet in Gore this Saturday.
Bluff is the leading team in the CJ Soper Trophy after beating Waiau Star 13-3 in Bluff, while Drummond Limehills Star is still in contention after 24-10 win over Pioneer B.
Galbraith Shield Rd 6: Eastern Northern Barbarians 15 Star 25, Blues defaulted to Woodlands, Marist 38 Pirates Old Boys 18.
Division One: Ack Soper Shield: Waikaka 19 Wyndham 15, Te Anau 41 Midlands 16, Edendale 43 Riversdale 0.
Gerald Dermody Shield: Albion 29 Waikiwi 29, Tokanui 25 Mossburn 7, Pioneer 56 Wakatipu 7.
Division Two: CJ Soper Trophy: Pioneer B 10 DLS 24, Bluff 13 Waiau Star 3, Star B 24 Blues B 19.
Life Members’ Trophy: Bush Pirates v Midlands B, Marist B v Collegiate, POB B v Woodlands B.
Premier Grade: Galbraith Shield Rd 8 (Round 7 played last night): Marist v Eastern Northern Barbarians, Woodlands v Pirates Old Boys, Star v Blues.
Division One: Ack Soper Shield: Edendale v Waikaka, Wyndham v Te Anau, Midlands v Riversdale.
Gerald Dermody Shield: Waikiwi v Wakatipu, Pioneer v Tokanui, Mossburn v Albion.
Division Two: CJ Soper Trophy: Pioneer B v Bluff, Waiau Star v Star B, Blues B v DLS.