Surf tsunami slams try-less Piron­gia

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Need­ing to bounce back af­ter their first loss of the sea­son, South­ern United claimed a 32-3 bonus point win over Piron­gia at home in the weekend.

South­ern bat­tled against a tena­cious Piron­gia out­fit, keep­ing the Toko­roa side in touch with the lead­ers in Waikato di­vi­sion one rugby com­pe­ti­tion.

Surf were on the board early with a penalty goal be­fore the for­ward pack col­lec­tively made in­roads in the Piron­gia de­fence.

Hooker Brodie Haugh dived in for the first try for the hosts.

Piron­gia struck back with a penalty of their own soon af­ter but even­tu­ally loose for­ward Trent Lin­coln rum­bled over to ex­tend the lead.

South­ern util­ity back Zane Cos­tar eluded sev­eral de­fend­ers on his way to the try line bring­ing the score to 20-3 at the break.

The home side de­fended staunchly in the sec­ond spell and were able to turn de­fence into of­fence when the ball was spread wide to wing Josh Bar­ber to go in un­con­tested.

Cos­tar had the fi­nal say in the match fin­ish­ing off a well con­structed back­line play grab­bing his sec­ond try to se­cure the win in style.

The se­nior Bs also had to fight in their match as they came back late in the con­test to earn a tough 22-all draw.

Both teams will look to con­tinue the strong form against Te Awa­mutu Marist in a Good Fri­day clash.

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