Southern see off Pirongia
Southern United have continued their strong march towards the post season, after picking up an impressive 86- 12 away victory over Pirongia.
Sitting on top in a tightly contested Waikato division one table, the visitors battled early on to break through the Pirongia defence but were persistent as they overcame the hosts to run in 12 tries in the victory.
Surf looked threatening in the opening minutes asserting themselves deep in the opposition half with only some strong scrambling defence denying their efforts.
First five- eighth Kane Adams posted Southern’s first points with a long range penalty attempt after nine minutes.
As the home side launched their attack Surf fullback Bryce McMullen snatched the ball away then blitzed the field to score a fine 70 metre intercept try.
The Surf backs looked to be in sync in their attack combining well to set up in the opposition 22, before a composed Adams sniffed out a gap in the defence to score.
A further try to loose forward James Sutherland put Southern up 24-0, before the hosts answered with a try.
Surf managed to wrestle back the moment almost immediately with McMullen securing his second and hard nosed flanker Max Turnwald crossing to give the Tokoroa club a handy 36-7 lead at halftime.
The second spell proved to be one way traffic despite Pirongia’s spirited efforts, as centre Azza Pene chimed in on the scoring.
Southern were ruthless in attack as players linked up exceptionally well, with Turnwald touching down for a second five-pointer.
Number 8 Owen Pomare ensured the loose forward trio claimed a try, while substitute Rua Tipene managed to dot down as the scoreboard continued to climb.
However, it would be Turnwald who would stamp his mark on the contest with a tally of four tries.
Second- five Walter Downey would cap off Southern’s excellent display with a try late in the match, but Pirongia fought courageously claiming a consolation try in the final minute.
The senior Bs also came away from Pirongia with a grinding 25-17 result as they chase down a playoff spot and the season getting closer to crunch time.
Southern United are at home again this weekend, as they prepare for a massive encounter with Leamington in a top of the table clash.
As part of the buildup for this weekend’s crucial match, Southern United and New World Tokoroa are encouraging supporters to get behind the club with a banner day.
Supporters can show off their creativity in the form of a banner and if judged the best, the winner will receive a $100 grocery voucher at New World.
Southern United player Bryce McMullen pushes through the tough Pirongia defence.