Tok boy stars in win
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.