Rugby sea­son kicks off

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Af­ter a 7-7 draw against Waipawa in a pre-sea­son game last week Dan­nevirke Sports Club’s se­nior rugby side be­gan the Manawatu Pre­miere Two com­pe­ti­tion with an em­phatic win 42-10 over Frey­berg.

In an open game the Dan­nevirke for­wards pro­vided a feast of ball and com­bined with the backs to put on a rugby spectacle be­fore an ex­cited crowd. Af­ter the game the ref­eree com­mended both teams for their ex­cel­lent at­ti­tude and good clean game.

This year the Dan­nevirke pack has a lot of tall tim­ber to com­bine with ag­gres­sive loosies and they com­bined well to put Frey­berg un­der a lot of pres­sure.

Hav­ing good front-foot ball, the backs had too much fire­power and pace, run­ning in four tries to winger Sam Jones (2), Lo­gan Massie and Mitch Na­tion in the first half to take a 22-5 lead at half­time. A re-ar­ranged Dan­nevirke pack took a lit­tle time to set­tle early in the sec­ond half and Frey­berg scored a de­served for­ward try be­fore mo­men­tum swung back and the lo­cal side scored three more tries to Sean Cordell, Vaughan Wrenn and Trent Ran­som to win 42-10.

As­sis­tant Coach Nigel Cas­tles said he was very pleased with the first game for the sea­son.

A line of Sports Club play­ers in sup­port for yet another surge.

ISAAC Scott feeds Lo­gan Massie with one de­fender to beat.

THIS drive by the for­wards yielded a try.

SAM Jones feeds from the scrum.

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