Penalty seals Surf’s fate

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

South­ern United couldn’t fault their ef­fort in their fi­nal match of the 2014 sea­son but it wasn’t enough as they were edged out 8-5 by a tena­cious Taupiri side in a low scor­ing af­fair.

With atro­cious con­di­tions see­ing the field de­te­ri­o­rat­ing, both sides bat­tled through the mud for as­cen­dancy with a soli­tary sec­ond half penalty to the vis­i­tors prov­ing to be the dif­fer­ence in what was a phys­i­cal en­counter.

Surf be­gan the match with fierce in­ten­sity as they launched into ev­ery­thing and forced Taupiri into a num­ber of er­rors with their bru­tal de­fence.

How­ever, Taupiri were able to with­stand Surf’s ad­vances on their line and against the run of play even­tu­ally sliced through the hosts’ de­fen­sive line to score the open­ing try mid­way through the first half.

South­ern were swift to re­ply with their own try as open­side flanker James Suther­land, who had starred for the Toko­roa club all sea­son, em­bar­rassed the Taupiri de­fence as he slipped past sev­eral de­fend­ers to slide in for the equaliser.

Even­tu­ally both teams went into the half­time break lev­elled at 5-5, but it was Taupiri who made the bet­ter start to the sec­ond stanza as they forced South­ern to de­fend their line for lengthy pe­ri­ods.

As the pres­sure con­tin­ued to build against the home side, it re­sulted in Surf los­ing Suther­land to the sin bin af­ter re­peated team in­fringe­ments.

From the en­su­ing penalty Taupiri slot­ted the three-pointer to give them­selves a slim lead, but South­ern were not about to sur­ren­der as the con­tin­ued to deny the men in black and yel­low.

Mean­while, South­ern sec­ond-five and player of the match Sonny Good­night threat­ened with ev­ery run and had Taupiri on the back­track­ing nu­mer­ous times through­out the con­test.

But Surf could not find the fin­ish­ing touches to get the much-needed points as Taupiri held on for the drain­ing vic­tory.

Mean­while the se­nior B team also tasted a heavy de­feat in their match-up against their coun­ter­parts which was not the ideal way to end what had been a su­perb sea­son for the team.

South­ern United would like to thank all their spon­sors, par­tic­u­larly Eco­lab and New World Toko­roa and sup­port­ers for their on­go­ing sup­port this sea­son and hope to have ev­ery­one back on board for 2015.

Hot on at­tack: Surf’s Sonny Good­night looks to barge through the Taupiri de­fence with Sa­muel Pa­hewa and Brodie Haugh look­ing on.

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