Clinton wins convincingly
Clinton picked up their second win of the season last weekend.
They ran away in the second half to beat Owaka 39-15 after leading 15-12 at halftime. Owaka started the best, cutting through the Clinton side and stringing multiple phases together.
They scored two tries early on but were guilty of letting Clinton straight back in. At halftime the game was anyone’s but Clinton wanted it more. Owaka received a red card towards the end of the game to throw away any chance of a come back. Mark McKenzie and Jordie South both scored doubles for Clinton. Ben Peter and Sam Landreth were Owaka’s stand out players.
Clutha thumped Lawrence 52-15. They were far too clinical for Lawrence and made the most of the possession they had.
Kane Teunissen scored a hattrick for Clutha as they ran- n eight tries.
Lawrence scored three, with Alex Smith, returning from his sabbatical at Kaikorai, getting a double and Patrick Clegg the other across the line.
Crescent put the disappointment of last week behind them at Heriot, and beat the home side 46-32. Thirteen tries were scored in this game. Crescent scored 7 of them and their goal kicking was far superior. Heriot scored six. Openside flanker James Edgar scored four by himself. Crescent had too much pace out wide and utilised it well. Sam Villiamu and Brendon Irwin stood out for the travelling coal miners. Edgar and evergreen prop Blair Young were Heriot’s best.
Clutha Valley snuck home against Toko 28-23 at Clydevale in front of a packed club day crowd. The Valley side had a handy lead at halftime before Toko mounted their customary comeback. Sadly for them they fell short. They lacked the desire and the drive that they showed last week against Heriot. Josh Botting scored a double for Valley and played well. Jacky Scott also scored two tries for Toko and ran the game well for his side.
We have a week off for duck shooting this weekend. A great time to rest some bodies. All in all it’s been a great start to the Southern Region competition and we look forward to round two.
Draw for the next weekend: Owaka vs Toko
Lawrence vs Heriot
Clutha vs Clutha Valley Crescent vs Clinton
Catlins farmer Sam Landreth, 36, checks his gun for the opening of duck shooting this weekend. Landreth, who farms at Katea, has been shooting with the same group of mates for 10 years, going to different mai mais - top-secret locations of course - in the area. Good feed could result in the bagging of 100 to 200 ducks during opening weekend, he reckons, which will be much better than the last few seasons. ‘‘The nesting has been good this year,’’ he says. He has a full season’s licence so can go out any weekend unti the last in July.