TWO premier grade rugby league games were played at the Elles Rd grounds in Invercargill as part of the combined Otago/Southland competition round last weekend.
Winton/City took on the Dunedin Bears in the first game.
The Bears opened the scoring very early in the game and from there dominated. They led 50-0 at halftime and went on to win 116-0.
Winton/City fronted for a full game and gave it a good go. To their credit they showed determination and executed some good defence.
The second game between Cooks and the Kia Toa Tigers, of Dunedin, was also a challenge for the Zulu Taia and Manuel Thompson Memorial Trophy.
Cooks opened the scorecard with a try three minutes into the game and some good defence kept Kia Toa tryless until 25 minutes into the game. Cooks went on to score another try before the end of the first half and led 14-6 at the break.
Kia Toa showed more determination in the second half, running in a series of tries, with Cooks managing to score once in the second half.
Kia Toa went on to win 28-18.
It was a good, fast-moving and clean game of rugby league.
Kia Toa Tigers 28 (Tayler Hazlett, Adam Jones, Hogan Frae (3) tries; Hazlett 4 goals), Cooks 18 (Ramera Chambers (3), Tahna Epiha tries; Tihuma Brown goal).
In Dunedin, the Cowboys beat University 32-12, while the South Pacific Raiders beat He Tauaa 34-28.
Dave Loudon – Southern Rugby League