Country Cowboys round up Barbarians
The Country Cowboys had too many guns for the Ashburton Barbarians in the Aoraki Rugby League final at Alpine Energy Stadium.
The Temuka-based Cowboys won 40-18, running in seven tries to four to lift the Duncan McGregor Trophy, after being losing finalists in 2016.
From the starting whistle, the Cowboys were never really in danger.
The Cowboys big forwards gave their side plenty of go forward and took some of the steam out of their opposition, which also helped score the first three tries. The Barbarians got one after 30 minutes to make half time 18-6.
The Cowboys however proved too classy shooting out to 40-10 before the Barbarians got a couple of late consolation tries with the Cowboys down to 12 men.
Several standout players got the Cowboys home. Halfback Taleni Tiai put in a near perfect kicking display, converting six of seven tries. Second rower Vaka Taelega was a star scoring a hat trick. Other tries went to wing Josh Robson, Anam Mana and Wise Leiroti.
For the Barbarians, hooker Purokis Matauti was a standout prop Caleb Tohovaka made several strong runs and back rower Alifeleti Prescott impressed.
In the backs wing Mii Putai tried to get involved and was rewarded with a try.
The Country Cowboys were deserved winners of the Aoraki Rugby League final out gunning the Ashburton Barbarians 40-18 at Alpine Energy Stadium.
Taleni Tiai flies in for a try.