South­ern see off Piron­gia

South Waikato News - - SPORT / TE PAPA HA¯KINAKINA -

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.

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