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Southern overpowered Western in country day games in 1982. Western came out firing and its forwards won good ball, particularly through their lineouts and lock Chris Baird and flanker Murray were the ones instrumental in this.
The Western team really stretched Southern by using the whole field and moving the ball around. This stretched the Southern defences and after seven minutes, Richard Valli, picked up a Western kick to score and he converted his own try.
Southern realising that they were better than this regrouped and the first one to spark was half back Stuart Cook, who had an outstanding game. After a lot of forward pressure from Southern, Stuart Cook, ducked round the side of the scrum to score a try and this was converted by Brent McKenzie from wide out. Ten minutes later McKenzie added a penalty goal.
Western then went on attack and spent considerable time in the Southern's 5 M and although they tried several times to go over the line, the only reward they got from their effort was a penalty goal to Richard Valli.
From the kick off it was all Southern and they spun the ball wide from a line out and with Grant McKenzie at full back coming into the back line he fed Alan Sloan on the wing, who tip toed round his opposite, Valli, and sprinted over the last 35 M to score a great solo try. Just before halftime, Brent McKenzie scored another penalty goal which gave Southern a 16-9 lead.
The pressure from the larger Southern side began to take its toll on Western in the second half, through having to spend most of the time tackling. Cook's skill and control in the second half was one of the best seen from a half back and after constant pressure from his forwards, and several bursts, Cook tidied things up and passed to Sloan who was in the clear and not challenged to score wide out. This was converted by McKenzie.
Five minutes later, Wayne Stronach tried to burst through the defence and while he was held up he slipped the ball to Paul Townsend, who used his strength to burst towards the line, but was held up 1M short. The Southern forwards arrived in force and wrenched the ball from Townsend, passed it out to Cook who fed McKenzie and he went over for a 4-1 man advantage.
The nail in the coffin came when a minute from the end when Cook ran from a scurm outside the Western 22, who passed to flanker, Rex Carter, and covered the last 20 minutes in a winger style, beat the defence and scored.
Although the Western backline played with enthusiasm and enterprise it just did not get enough ball to play with and winger Billy Molloy looked dangerous when he did get some ball.
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