Home win keeps South­ern un­beaten

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

South­ern United made it two wins from two at the weekend de­feat­ing an in-form Pu­taruru side 44-23 in their first home game of the sea­son.

In what is al­ways a bat­tle be­tween the teams, it was the hosts who bagged the al­limpor­tant com­pe­ti­tion points while also earn­ing the early South Waikato brag­ging rights over their ri­vals.

The score­line proved to be a fair in­di­ca­tion of how the con­test went al­though South­ern were pushed through­out the match by a gutsy Pu­taruru out­fit, who fell to their first de­feat of the sea­son.

The open­ing 10 min­utes saw Surf grab the early ad­van­tage when loose for­ward James Suther­land and young winger Josh Bar­ber both crossed for tries.

Suther­land was in again for his sec­ond try mid­way through the first half, but it was lock Henry Young who pro­vided the high­light of the half show­cas­ing his skills in an ex­cel­lent solo ef­fort to give his side a com­mand­ing 22-6 half­time lead.

An early Pu­taruru penalty in the sec­ond spell closed the gap mo­men­tar­ily as Surf’s sec­ond five Sonny Good­night con­tin­ued to threaten the vis­i­tor’s de­fence with ev­ery touch and was re­warded when he crashed over soon af­ter.

With time be­com­ing a fac­tor, Pu­taruru re­fused to give in as they man­aged to breach the South­ern de­fen­sive line with two well-con­structed tries late in the match be­fore re­place­ment Bryan Cameron rum­bled over in re­ply for the home side.

Surf’s player of the match Zane Cos­tar com­pleted his su­perb out­ing with an il­lu­sive run close to the line as he sidestepped his way past the de­fence to score un­der the posts two min­utes from time.

There was also sim­i­lar suc­cess for Surf’s se­nior B team who picked up a 35- 25 bonus point vic­tory over Pu­taruru in an­other phys­i­cal en­counter.

South­ern will be aim­ing to con­tinue their hot start to the sea­son when they face a tough chal­lenge away at United Mata­mata Sports next weekend while Pu­taruru will host Leam­ing­ton.

REACH­ING HIGH: Pu­taruru’s Brett Bolt reaches high for the li­ne­out

FIND­ING SPACE: Rea­gan Carter tries to find the space to get through Toko­roa’s boys.

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