Win sees SURF make it to premier grade

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It’s been eight years since the South­ern United Rugby Foot­ball have been in the Waikato premier divi­sion.

And on Satur­day, the South Waikato team se­cured their place back in the top com­pe­ti­tion for 2017, beat­ing Mor­rinsville 10-3 in the pro­mo­tion rel­e­ga­tion round.

The game was played in wet con­di­tions at the Toko­roa Me­mo­rial Sports­ground and the try­ing con­di­tions meant no points were scored for the first 25 min­utes.

That was un­til South­ern’s first-five, Kane Adams, nabbed an in­ter­cept try, and kicked the con­ver­sa­tion to lead 7-0 at half time.

That was to be the only try in the game, with both teams only kick­ing penal­ties in the se­cond half.

Adams scored all of South­ern’s points, although he missed one penalty kick, he slot­ted one be­tween the posts to make it 10-0.

Mor­rinsville never gave up, and kicked a suc­cess­ful penalty them­selves, to make it 10-3.

A large turnout of sup­ports around the oval cheered on the home­side, as Mor­rinsville dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion un­til the end.

But it came down to the fi­nal 10 min­utes, and with a strong dis­play of de­fence from South­ern United, they were able to hold on.

A penalty tap er­ror from Mor­rinsville, five me­tres from their line sig­nalled the end of the game, 10-3 to South­ern United.

South­ern United coach Darin Cos­tar said it was a two year goal to get in the premier divi­sion.

Cos­tar and Da­mon Jake­man were ap­pointed as co-coaches in Septem­ber 2014.

‘‘Toko­roa has pro­duced so many sport­ing he­roes,’’ he said.

‘‘We want our ju­niors to strive for higher hon­ours and then have a premier club they can stay and play for in­stead of hav­ing to leave and play in a higher code.’’

He said 2017 will bring a new set of chal­lenges.

‘‘I’d like to thank all of the sup­port staff, play­ers and se­nior lead­er­ship group for their ef­forts,’’ Cos­tar said.

‘‘But most of all, all our fam­i­lies and sup­port­ers.’’

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