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Wrights Bush scored an upset win over the unbeaten Winton team in 1982 which gave Ohai-Nightcaps the lead in the Central Western competition.
Wrights Bush worked for their 16-14 win over Winton with their constant supply of good ball won by the forwards, Brian McDonald and Colin McDonald, the two tall brothers. They were well supported by John McNaughton, and although Winton contested strongly in the second half it was a bit late.
Both teams moved the ball and the Winton backs of Alan Hamilton at wing who scored two tries and John Norman.
Wrights Bush contained the Winton backs with good loose play and they also had an ace in the form of Wally Harawina, a former Waikato Colt. He played at second five eight and outfoxed the Winton defence with his skills and varied play.
Wrights Bush: John McNaughton, Jim Sinclair (1) Alistair Whyte (2PG) (1Con).
Winton: John Norman (1) Alan Hamilton (2) Stephen Boyle (1Con).
Dave Wilson scores two tries for Drummond against Waiau Star....1982....rugby..
Drummond won its first game of the 1982 season and moved off the bottom of the ladder where it left Riverton.
Drummond had nothing to lose and beat Waiau Star 20-0. In saying this though Waiau Star looked like they did not want to be there and their supporters were disappointed.
Drummond played the game it should have been playing over the season with John Lindsay at half back for a change and he gave his backs good ball.
Drummond won a lot of set piece play with Jim Lindsay dominating the lineouts and supported well by Graham Cochran.
For Waiau Star, Robert Hoffman looked for work at full back, and Richard Henderson tried to get into the action on the wing.
Drummond: Dave Wilson (2), John Racz (1), Paul Kincaid (1PG) (1Con), Howard Clark (1DG).
Eric Todd of Ohai Nightcaps splits defence of Riverton ...1982....rugby
Ohai Nightcaps won convincingly over Riverton, 29-3 in 1982. The game was not pretty with below average ball skills. Riverton pressured Ohai Nightcaps into errors but it was the Ohai Nightcaps forwards that beat the Riverton forwards in all facets of play.
Full back Eric Todd more often than not came into the backline to test the defence, and with Terry Laidlaw at first five eight it was too much for Riverton.
David Kelly and Trevor Bokser toiled hard all day for Ohai Nightcaps.
Ohai Nightcaps: Eric Todd, Billy Molloy, Mark Smith, Richard Valli (1) (1PG)
Riverton: Keith Haslemore (1PG)
Bob Shaw and Chris Nunn of Central Pirates kept Otautau honest in 1982 rugby......
Central Pirates were down at half time 15-3 as Otautau had the strong wind at their back. But when the teams changed round after the first half it was a different story.
It was a day for the kickers which saw Alan Dickson for Otautau kick a penalty goal from more than 50 metres which took his tally to 61 for the season.
Tony McKenzie for Central Pirates reciprocated. Centre Jim Phair scored a determined try when he barged his way through three defenders, a movement that started back 30 metres.
Peter Morris for Otautau scored a try after half back Kevin Hamilton set up a movement in difficult circumstances. Quick and accurate passing split the defenders which gave Morris the gap to use his pace.
Wally Nelson and Alister Calvert worked hard for CP winning set pieces, especially in the lineouts.
Flankers, Bob Shaw and Chris Nunn were dominant in the loose.
Full back, Kevin McCallum and Tony McKenzie were the best of the backs.
Philip Lindsay for Otautau on the flank, worked tirelessly and Bruce Keen and was always looking for work.
Central Pirates: Jim Phair (1), Tony McKenzie (4PG) (1Con)
Otautau: Peter Morris (1), Alan Dickson (3PG) (1Con).
Reference: Wrights Bush Downs Winton In Upset. The Southland Times. 1982...
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