Rugby league action

Photos: Dave Loudon photography

HE TAUAA and Cowboys highlighted why they are Southland’s leading rugby league clubs on Saturday as they putting their undefeated records on the line.

Right from the kick off the pace of the game was sensational and the tackles were crunching.

There was nothing between the two teams for a majority of the game as they went try for try.

Cowboys began to dig deep with only 20min left on the clock and started to open the gap between the two. He Tauaa tried hard to fight its way back into the game, but found it started to tire from all the defence it had to do and was eventually beaten 52-24.

In the second scheduled game on Saturday Cooks was suppose to take on Winton City but Winton City struggled to find player numbers and was forced to default.

Players from the other clubs and a couple of supporters put their hand up to help Winton City take the field and at least provide a practice hit out for Cooks.

Meanwhile, the weekend also provided the return of a under-18 rugby league competition for Southland.

The Cowboys and He Tauaa clubs have decided to set up a three game series between themselves, after two clubs were unable to field a team to start an under 18 competition.

The purpose of the under-18 games is to try to keep youngsters involved in rugby league and build the club scene for the future.

The games are played on Sundays to avoid a clash with Saturday sport.

Sunday’s game was a fast and an exciting spectacle and it was He Tauaa got on the scoreboard first before Cowboys responded.

He Taua pushed out to a 24-12 halftime lead before winning 48-24.

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