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Selwyn Winter, 18 years, toast of the Wyndham Rugby Club, when they beat Mataura in the final of the Wallis Shield competition.
Wyndham beat Mataura 7-4 for the Wallis Shield competition in Southland 1976. It was the 18 year old Selwyn Winter who was the toast of the club with Winter's kicking getting his team winning the semi-final win over Edendale.
It was the long ranging precise kicks that kept Mataura from getting out of the first half of the game. Mataura was their own worst enemy and not only lost many opportunities, but when things went wrong for them Wyndham capitalised on these mistakes. Winter made the most of some lacklustre defence from Mataura and scored an easy try.
Mataura's aimless kicks more often than not landed in the hands of Wyndham's full-back, John Hellier. Even the usual reliable of Ken Moseby could not get anything going for Mataura. Hellier missed several attempts at goal, but his ball handling was spot on, especially considering the conditions and his place kicking was accurate.
Winter and Ernie Johnstone gelled and it was this combination that scored their only try.
Mataura realising that they were going to run out of time came back at Wyndham but it was a little to late and blind side move saw Warren Petterson crash over for a try.
Jeff Lamb led by example and being the captain made the brave call of marking Bos McGowan in the line-outs and even though Bos had the slight edge, Lamb spoiled a lot of ball for him.
Robin Braithwaite, Russell Howe, Graham Petterson, Neil Bulling and Jeff McAllister supported Jeff Lamb in the tight Murray Howe was good in the line-outs and hassled well in the loose.
Bruce Robertson was dedicated to the cause and pounced on any loose ball.
The Mataura forwards were in the thick of it and gave it there all, especially in the last 20. Gus McAllister along with Gary Findlay and the McGowan brothers controlled the line-outs.
Bos McGowan was the pick of the tight and drove upfield on several occasions with ball in hand making precious metres for his team.
Young, Jack Turnbull played well in the loose. Lindsay Meikle, second five eight, and full-back Neville Broderick were both sound.
Reference: Caffell, G. Wyndham Has Reason To Celebrate.The Southland Times - August 1976