Win de­spite er­rors

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Surf pre­vailed against Piron­gia 46-20 in a match where they squan­dered scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and put them­selves un­der pres­sure through han­dling er­rors.

To Piron­gia’s credit they played with te­nac­ity, open­ing the scor­ing off an early penalty kick, 3-0. Surf struck back min­utes later with a con­verted try to full­back Lee Manu, 7-3.

Some­what of an arm wres­tle en­sued, as both sides at­tacked and de­fended will­ingly through­out the re­main­der of the half.

Piron­gia had a slight edge at scrum time deny­ing Surf backs front foot ball from set phase.

Surf did how­ever man­age to mount pres­sure through some good for­ward and back in­ter­play, which lead to a try by sec­ond five-eight Azza Pene, 12-3.

Surf’s first five-eight Sam McLeod scored next, 19-3. Young lock Ash Hay­wood show­ing his strength, burst through sev­eral Piron­gia tack­les to score Surf’s fourth try of the match, 24-3.

The mo­men­tum swung Piron­gia’s way as they went on at­tack and scored a well-ex­e­cuted try from set phase as Surf failed to make an ef­fec­tive tackle, 24-10.

Just be­fore half time Piron­gia con­verted a penalty af­ter Surf for­wards in­fringed at ruck time, 24.13. The sec­ond half be­gan as the first had ended, with Piron­gia for­wards lead­ing the at­tack. From a penalty tap five me­tres out on the right, Piron­gia spun the ball quickly to the left where su­pe­rior num­bers saw them score, 24-20.

Surf main­tained their com­po­sure and lifted the game to an­other level. This af­fec­tively shut Piron­gia out. Surf ran in four sec­ond half tries, firstly to prop Herb Leef who busted through the Piron­gia for­ward pack drag­ging sev­eral of them over the line as he scored, 29-20.

Flanker John Balvert then scored from bro­ken play with his trade­mark pace, 34-20. Half­back Jay­den Watene was next to score from the base of a break­down close to the Piron­gia try line, 39-20. Player of the day Ja­son Camp­bell scored the fi­nal try, 46-20.

Surf play Pu­taruru this Wed­nes­day at the Oval. Kick off is at 7.30pm.

SOUTH­ERN FORCE: South­ern United’s John Balvert wins the line out against Piron­gia over the week­end.

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