Surf chalk up win after tough battle
Southern United have continued their good run of form to post their third consecutive win after withstanding a tenacious Leamington outfit.
The hosts were made to grind out a hard-hitting 10-3 result with all the points coming in the second spell after a physically absorbing first 40 minutes.
Surf carried the attacking mindset into the match and things looked promising in the early stages as they breached the Leamington defence but could not find the finish they needed.
After holding Surf out, it only appeared to lift the visitors as they began to launch their own offence and testing Southern’s tryline defence numerous times.
Both teams struggled to gain any ascendancy and eventually resulted in a scoreless first half. Leamington continued their offensive onslaught after the break and saw the first points posted as they kicked a penalty for the lead.
Penalties were becoming a recurring theme for the hosts as they began to mount against them and saw Southern reduced to 14 men when first-five Zane Costar was given a 10 minute break.
However, Surf surged on and found the breakthrough when fullback Tony Redeling and second five Sonny Goodnight combined to bust through defenders.
Goodnight was eventually brought down metres from the try-line but Surf’s player of the game Logan Kana, who was brilliant with every run, was on hand to scoop up the ball and dive over for the try.
With the game still in the balance, Surf set about controlling territory and possession a bit more and scored their second try after the forward pack forged together for an unstoppable rolling maul where Sean Woonton grabbed the five-pointer.
Meanwhile, the Surf senior Bs posted a 20- 0 win over their counterparts. The sides have a tough test away against Hinuera this weekend.
Team work: Winger Josh Barber powers down field with Tony Redeling in support.
Good support: Prop Bryan Cameron with his head down is backed strongly by Samuel Pahewa and Jamin Pinkerton.