Tok boy stars in win

South Waikato News - - COMPETITION 2010 - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Waikato’s loss to South­land in Hamil­ton on Thurs­day was a story of two con­trast­ing re­turns.

For Waikato’s Stephen Don­ald, who re­turned from in­jury for the match, it was a game to for­get.

For Toko­roa’s Ken­drick Lynn, who is now off in­jured for sev­eral months, it was a stun­ning send­off.

The South­land cen­tre scored the only try of the match in South­land’s 7-6 win.

His out­stand­ing ef­fort, scored even with a groin prob­lem which saw Lynn un­dergo surgery on Fri­day, came in the first 10 min­utes.

From there Waikato dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion. They dom­i­nated the scrum and reg­u­larly pushed their attacks over the ad­van­tage line.

But South­land showed the type of de­fence that has kept the Ran­furly Shield in In­ver­cargill all sea­son in re­strict­ing Waikato to two first-half penal­ties.

The 7-6 half­time score­line re­mained that way through­out a dour sec­ond half.

Don­ald could have won the game for the home side af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle but his drop goal at­tempt did not have the legs. The for­mer All Black also missed a penalty kick that would have put Waikato in front, to add to the three shots Trent Re­nata also missed.

South­land’s win was the prov­ince’s first win in Hamil­ton, ex­pung­ing in some way some very painful trips into Mooloo land from the past.

GAME­BREAKER: Toko­roa’s Ken­drick Lynn scored a match-win­ning try for South­land on Thurs­day, de­spite a groin in­jury.

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