Surf side swamps Frank­ton for­wards

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Surf thrashed Frank­ton 51-3 in Hamil­ton.

First five-eighth Sam McLeod put Surf into a 3-0 lead early in the match when he slot­ted a drop goal. These were the only points scored in the first half which turned into a hard-fought tus­sle as both teams at­tacked and de­fended vig­or­ously. Frank­ton had dom­i­nance at scrum time and par­ity at the li­ne­out but Surf’s trade­mark scram­bling de­fence saw many a Frank­ton raid come to noth­ing. Surf wisely used the wind ad­van­tage, plug­ging the left-hand cor­ner. This tac­tic took its toll on the Frank­ton for­wards who even­tu­ally ran out of steam in the sec­ond spell, al­low­ing Surf to ham­mer home their su­pe­rior fit­ness and ball con­trol. Frank­ton hit back early in the sec- ond half with a drop goal 3-3. In the 48th minute Surf went on the at­tack and were re­warded with a penalty, con­verted by San McLeod. In the 53rd minute, lock Ash Hay­wood burst through Frank­ton’s flag­ging de­fence to score Surf’s first try 11-3, fol­lowed three min­utes later by prop Herb Leef 18-3. In the 67th minute flanker and part-time winger John Balvert scored the first of five trys in the re­main­ing 13 min­utes as Frank­ton ca­pit­u­lated 25-3. Re­place­ment winger Tana Al­bert was next to score in the 71st minute 30-3. In the 74th minute Wal­ter Downey dot­ted down 37-3. Ja­son Camp­bell was next, scor­ing in the 77th minute 44-3. Chance Brown scored the fi­nal try af­ter bust­ing through the Frank­ton de­fence once again 51-3.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.