Dom­i­nant Surf defeats Pu­tararu

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By AN­THONY MO­MOE­MAUSU

The South Waikato derby proved to be an arm wres­tle with South­ern United tak­ing the spoils with a 20-5 away vic­tory over ri­vals Pu­taruru.

Af­ter their nar­row de­feat to Leam­ing­ton the pre­vi­ous week­end, Surf went out with pur­pose in at­tempt to bounce back to win­ning form.

The atro­cious weather con­di­tions made it dif­fi­cult for both out­fits to get con­ti­nu­ity in their play but it would be South­ern’s first five-eighth Kane Adams who would kick-start the scor­ing with a drop goal af­ter two min­utes.

Each side con­tin­ued to plough away be­fore Surf man­aged to break through the Pu­taruru de­fence with midfielder Wal­ter Downey crash­ing over min­utes out from half­time and Adams adding the ex­tras.

A 10- 0 half time lead was quickly ex­tended by the visi­tors in the sec­ond spell when a charg­ing run by Surf lock Che Harper saw him carry three Pu­taruru de­fend­ers on his back to push the score out fur­ther.

Adams was able to add another two points with the con­ver­sion and was able to stretch the mar­gin out again 11 min­utes later calmly slot­ting over a penalty for a 20-0 lead.

De­spite the score line, Pu­taruru never gave up and with Surf down to 14 men for the last 10 min­utes the home side took their chances and man­aged to score a late con­so­la­tion try in the 78th minute of the con­test.

Mean­while in the se­nior Bs con­test, South­ern were able to grab the dou­ble com­ing away with a tight 12-5 win over their Pu­taruru coun­ter­parts.

Next up for Surf is a show­down with di­vi­sion 1 con­tenders Hin­uera at home this week­end. Games kick off at 1pm.

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