Southern United remain unbeaten
Atrocious weather conditions and a persistent Te Awamutu Marist side were unable to overcome a clinical Southern United outfit after they ran away 54-3 winners.
The result maintains Southern’s unbeaten start to the season and has them well placed atop of the standings with two tough contests ahead in the coming weeks.
The visiting Te Awamutu team were first to post points with a penalty before Surf replied kindly with two of their own off the boot of first five Kane Adams.
Surf managed to plug away at the Te Awamutu defence and eventually found the breakthrough they wanted when hulking prop Jamin Pinkerton barged over.
Winger Tony Rhedlinghaus was able to finish off in the corner for the hosts on the back of some strong continuity from the forwards in the lead up to provide a deserved 16-3 halftime lead.
Two further penalties to Adams stretched the advantage as Surf looked to assert their ascendancy and apply pressure on the Marist defence.
The pressure took its toll on the visitors with wingers Leigh Manu and DJ Waerea notching up tries, while Pinkerton bagged his second of the day.
A late flurry of tries in the final five minutes saw forwards Owen Pomare, Sonny Goodnight and Chance Brown all cross to complete a superb performance.
The other contest saw the Bs side produce a solid outing with a 42-8 result ahead of testing match week at home against Hinuera.
Members of the volunteer Putaruru Fire Brigade have been busy training for the Sky Tower Challenge.