THE only club rugby to be played in Southland this week will be the senior women as the men take time off for duck shooting.
Albion women played Blues at the Gore Showgrounds on Tuesday night and Marist plays Pioneer at Edendale at 7pm tonight. Wakatipu has the bye.
In the men’s Premier club rugby competition, Pirates Old Boys is the only unbeaten team after three rounds.
Pirates Old Boys (POB) beat Marist 38-15 at Surrey Park last Saturday. The opening 30 minutes was tightly contested but in the 10 minutes before half-time, Pirates scored two converted tries to lead 19-3. After the resumption, midfielder Desmond Spooner scored his second try for Pirates. Marist then controlled possession and territory and closed the margin to 26-15 with 15 minutes remaining.
Marist had taken the game to uncontested scrums with 25 minutes remaining but Pirates coach Ben McHugh thought that probably worked in his side’s favour.
“I could tell that they would go to golden oldies at some stage, so I had held my loose forward reserves back and rolled them on into the front row soon as Marist went to golden oldies, our forward pack that finished was full of loose forwards and they were having a field day.”
Pirates crossed for two more well-constructed team tries. Lock Craig Smith was man of the match, wing Cory Hoffman-Grey played well, as did prop Carlos Tawhai, who was on debut. The loose forward trio of Dustin Coveney, Ben Keenan and Anton Huisman were outstanding,
Star beat Midlands 31-13 at Limehills on Thursday night. Star scored three first-half tries to lead 19-13. Star’s first try of the second half came after a well-structured set of phases and was finished off by lock Jack Capil.
No 8 Jordan Stewart dominated the match for Star, especially on defence. Fullback Ewan Sharp did some good things, as did blindside flanker Tim Yaxley. Replacement halfback Sala Kuresa added spark.
Midlands’ No 8 Sam Brame showed plenty of courage taking the ball up all night into some very solid defence. Lock Joe Robins and first five-eighth Nick Munro also impressed for Midlands.
Star coach Chris McIlwrick had praise for Midlands. “They don’t go away, they kept trying.
They lived off our scraps and we gave away a heap of penalties which kept them in it.”
In the third game, Eastern Northern Barbarians beat Blues 42-10.
In Division One, Joe McRae played his 100th game for Wyndham in a 74-3 win over Albion. Joe is the third McRae brother to play 100 games for the club. All three brothers were also on the club’s committee.
In Division Two, DLS celebrated the Drummond Club Centenary by beating Bush Pirates 99-nil in front of a big crowd at McFarlane Park. Lock Carter Unahi scored two tries and was the game’s best player.
Results – Premier
Pirates Old Boys 38 – Marist 15, E N Barbarians 42 – Blues 10, Star 31 – Midlands 13.
Waikaka 48 – Waikiwi 3, Riversdale 26 – Mossburn 23, Wyndham 74 – Albion 3, Mataura 28 – Tokanui 22, Edendale 45 – Pioneer 17
DLS 99 – Bush Pirates 0, Bluff 25 – Ohai Nightcaps/Otautau 0, Balfour/Lumsden 29 – Waiau Star 15, Riverton 24 – Woodlands 15, Marist 10