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Bluff nearly beat Marist in 1972 which would have been a massive upset. Bluff managed to hold Marist to 8-4. This game showed how far Bluff have come as a team.
Disappointing for Bluff was they actually cross Marist's line twice but both tries were disallowed. The half time score was 4-4 and it was only when I Hogan scored for Marist from a forward attack.
Marist played well enough but it was the hustling from Marist that kept them from dominating the game with Taffy Edwards at first five eight tackling well and more often than not took any opportunity to turn it into attack.
Eric Brown at full back took a while to settle but was credited with saving many Marist's attempts to score.
Graham Low worked hard all day in the tight and T. Arepo was good on the wing when he got the ball. He also went looking for work.
The Marist backline made a lot of errors, except for Morrie Burke who was safe with the ball in hand.
Frank Oliver was very quiet in the first half but must have got a telling off at half time as he came out a different player and got through a ton of work especially in the lineouts.
Southland and Marist hooker, Ken McRae got a try in the second half to give his team the win.
Marist: Ken McRae, I Hogan (1)
Bluff: Peter Hoskins (1)
Terry Butson never says "never" in close loss to Star in 1972...
Star obviously took things to lightly against Collegiate in 1972 as although they won 12-0 they did not look the dominant team they usually are. The goal kicking was abysmal and if the attempts were successful it would have been a larger margin.
H. Harris just could not convert points awarded but it was the same for Collegiate where Alun Pennicott missed his opportunities as well. There were only three tries in the game.
Bob Barber tried to muster his Star forwards up and it took until the second half until they responded.
Star wingers Alistair McKenzie and Murray Mitchell both scored.
Terry Butson tried hard all day at half back for Collegiate with Alun Pennicott solid in defence and Mana Davis always looked for work on the wing.
John Webster and J. Craig were good in the tight.
Gerald Dermody magnificient for Tokanui in loss to Pirates 1972....
Pirates got their first win of the season by beating Tokanui 15-11 and this was contributed by the excellent play of Graham Bone, the first five eight for Pirates.
Kenny Dixon at half back gave the backline good ball and was the vital link up to his forwards. Sam Anderson played his usual self in the loose and was on to any ball coughed up by Tokanui.
Gerald Dermody was in magnificent form for Tokanui and he continued on from his game for Southland against the All Blacks the previous week.
Geoff Cook and Shane O'Donnell both played well in the back line for Tokanui.
Pirates: Merrilees, G. Bone (1) (1DG) R. Cardno (1PG)
Tokanui: Gerald Dermody, I. Gill (1) Shane O'Donnell (1DG)
Nelson Gutsell shows his experience for Invercargill against Old Boys in 1972......
Old Boys kept Invercargill honest in 1972 and managed to spoil their dominating game. Although Old Boys went down 9-3 they would have been pleased with their overall performance.
The second half did not produce any points and although Old Boys tried their hardest they could not penetrate Invercargill's defence.
The Invercargill backs were lucky that their forwards secured good ball for them and it was Gordon Kerr, Nelson Gutsell and B. Warren who were more dominant in the heavier pack.
John Healey distributed the ball freely to his back line and winger, Trevor Keelty made the most of the opportunities given.
I . Maze, the Old Boys flanker gave another sterling performance with hard tackles and Geoff Barnes at half back played an intelligent game.
The two best players of the game were the two full-backs, with Doug Nicol for Invercargill and Dennis Cocks for Old Boys.
Invercargill: Trevor Keelty (1) Doug Nicol (1Con) (1PG)
Old Boys: Maze (1PG)
Tiny Kingdon dominated for Woodlands over Waikiwi in 1972...
It was disappointment for that they lost in the last minutes of the game in 1972 to Woodlands 6-3.
It was an even game with both teams showing off their back play and it was down to the sheer size of the Woodlands pack that gave them the win.
Tiny Kingdon dominated the line outs and hooker, Alan Duff took several tightheads and Brian O'Meara was a key player for Woodlands with his kicking.
Woodlands: E. Anderson (1) B. O.Meara (1C0n)
Waikiwi: M. Davis (1 PG)
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