Surf chalk up win af­ter tough bat­tle

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

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.

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