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duced prob­a­bly their best dis­play of the sea­son against Waikato’s most suc­cess­ful club.

South­ern’s scrum was dom­i­nant and it reaped the re­wards when they turned and rolled Old Boys be­fore Zane Costar touched down with five min­utes left, the score at 29-24.

Old Boys were hang­ing on but their li­ne­out stood tall in the clos­ing stages un­der South­ern’s pres­sure, with Ru­peni Ta­mani par­tic­u­larly strong in the air.

South­ern led 10-0 thanks to Adams’ boot and the first of two in­ter­cept scores when full­back McMullen ran 70 me­tres un­op­posed be­fore dot­ting down.

Mungo Ma­son scored Old Boys’ first try be­fore light­ing struck twice, as Adams gath­ered an­other loose pass be­fore dash­ing clear to fin­ish un­der the posts.

Old Boys re­sponded as half­back Raniera Takarangi scored two tries to level the scores at 17-17 by half-time.

South­ern’s first five-eighth Adams missed two penal­ties be­fore the break and Old Boys went ahead for the first time on the hour through An­thony Cof­fey, who scored af­ter his op­po­site winger, Ta­iap­ina Watene, had blown a cer­tain try.

An­other clin­i­cal Old Boys move down the right fin­ished with Ta­mani strolling over, be­fore Costar’s score made the con­test a five-point ball game in the fi­nal min­utes. But Old Boys just held on and were await­ing Mon­day’s draw for the pre­mier­ship and cham­pi­onship fix­tures.

HAU­TAPU SPORTS

Hau­tapu rugby team cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the Ron Craw­ford Memo­rial Tro­phy.

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