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It was 1987 and Southland club rugby was seeing some good games, especially in the premier grade which included teams from the sub-unions as well as metropolitan. Invercargill retained their unbeaten record but were pushed by Central Pirates winning only 14-10.
Central Pirates would have been pleased with the way they pressured Invercargill into unforced errors. This was because of the great defence tactics of Don Lewis in the loose and his brother, Bruce Lewis in the tight.
For Invercargill Murray Soper played hard at half back linking well with Braedyn Murray, but his opposite Wayne McCallum, the Central Pirates half back, kept him honest.
Invercargill: Ross Elliot, Eion Crossan (1) Simon Culhane (2PG)
Central Pirates: Paul Sinclair (1) Wayne McCallum (2PG)
Woodlands V Ohai Nightcaps
This was the main game of the day, and was a torrid one for the two forward packs.
In the first half Woodlands had the territorial advantage but did not take advantage of this by being down 3-0 at half time.
When Ohai did manage to get their hands on the ball they looked threatening. Half back, Lyndon Todd linked up perfectly with Paul Laidlaw at first five eight, this gave him the acceleration to find the gaps.
Woodlands came out more determined in the second half and it was Brent Shepherd that went over for the try under the posts. David Monteath converted.
Ohai not to be outdone, and especially Trevor Bokser, put a ton on pressure on Woodlands which saw John Laidlaw make a 60 metre dash without having a hand laid on him. Woodlands conceded a scrum, Billy Molloy waded in and scored under the posts.
Bulmer missed the conversation.
Woodlands with just three minutes to go won a ruck. Stu Cook went to the blindside where he found Alan Sloan asking for the ball and scored in the corner.
Woodlands: Brent Shepherd, Alan Sloan (1) David Monteath (1Con)
Ohai Nightcaps: Billy Molloy (1) Steve Bulmer (1PG)
Old Boys v Star
Old Boys fielded a diminished team and even surprised themselves by being ahead 13-6 at half time. Tony Clark was exceptional in the forwards and led his lighter pack courageously.
Star woke up at half time and their work rate lifted with Shaun Flynn showing the way with good support from Dave Hodgson and Richard Bekhuis.
Allan Monaghan contributed 16 points for the game, with Star eventually winning the game 34-17.
Star: Shaun Flynn, Dave Hodgson, Allan Monaghan (1) (3Con), (2PG)
Old Boys: Steve Tarrant (2) Chris Macaulay ((2Con 1PG)
Pirates V Bluff
It was a tough day at the office for Bluff and Pirates with a rugged game and neither team giving an inch.
Jeff Mead, Kane Barris, Duane Shannon and Mark Perkins were the key to the great forward battle for Bluff, especially in the scrums, where they had Pirates going backwards, despite the strong tight of Pirate's; John Grice, Geoff Clark and Brent Youle.
Chris Hiini, at first five eight linked well with Neil Young to make some good breaks.
Pirates were at their best when they moved the ball wide to their wingers; Kelvin McKissock and Bruce Pascoe. Final score was 11-9 to Pirates.
Pirates: Bruce Pascoe (2) Kelvin McKissock (1PG)
Bluff: Willie Calder (3PG)
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