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THE Cowboys got off to a great start in their premier grade rugby league game against Dunedin Bears last Saturday, scoring a converted try in the opening minutes of the clash.

Playing at Elles Rd in Invercargill, the Cowboys went on to add four more tries by half-time.

Dunedin Bears opened their scoring in the second half, but the Cowboys maintained their strong game right through the second half to post a 46-14 win.

To their credit, the Dunedin Bears put up a good fight considering they only fielded 12 players and didn’t have any reserves.

In the second game of the day, Kia Toa Tigers were too strong for He Tauaa.

He Tauaa defended strongly in the first half and put in some good tackles, but Kia Toa led 28-0 at the break.

The second half was a much closer affair, with He Tauaa scoring three converted tries.

Kia Toa went on to win 44-18, but it was a valiant effort by He Tauaa who were struck by an injury toll which did not help their cause.

Winton/City were beaten 50-22 by University in Dunedin. Cooks were scheduled to play South Pacific Raiders in Dunedin, but because of the non-availability of a referee the game was cancelled.

The combined Otago/Southland premier grade club competition has now concluded for this season. The four teams from each of theprovinces will now play another round of local games leading up to the club semi-finals and final. The winners of the finals from Southland and Otago will meet in the grand provincial final.

-Southland District Rugby League

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