South­ern tastes de­feat

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

It’s back to the draw­ing board for South­ern United af­ter the rugby club fell to its first loss of 2014.

Surf found them­selves on the re­ceiv­ing end of a heavy loss as they were de­feated 48- 21 by com­pe­ti­tion fron­trun­ners United Mata­mata Sports.

The hosts were un­trou­bled in the open­ing 40 min­utes as they showed their class rac­ing out to a 20-point head start.

Led by for­mer Chiefs for­ward Alex Bradley, UMS made plenty of in­roads in the South­ern de­fence with the for­wards lay­ing the foun­da­tion for the backs to cap­i­talise.

De­spite fac­ing a 27-0 deficit at half­time, South­ern re­fused to give in and bat­tled away with sec­ond five- eighth Sonny Good­night div­ing in for their first points af­ter some great work by the for­ward pack in the leadup.

South­ern’s player of the game, James Suther­land added to his try- scor­ing tally bag­ging a brace of tries.

Surf’s B team fell to a sim­i­lar re­sult in a hard­fought con­test, even­tu­ally suc­cumb­ing to their op­po­nents 26-21.

Mata­mata had the early ad­van­tage with two quick tries but Surf fought back with a well worked try to wing Patrick Leahy to only trail 14-13 at the break.

South­ern had a prime chance to steal vic­tory in the fi­nal mo­ments but UMS held on for the de­served re­sult to ce­ment their place at the top of the ta­ble.

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