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Woodlands finished their 1983 rugby season when they were beaten by Bluff in the quarter finals 20-6.
Bluff had a chance of being in the final of the Galbraith Shield when they met Pirates the following week.
Bluff looked like the team of old when they took their game to Woodlands. Half back for Bluff, Chris Hini and first five eight Tony Neilson were the key to Bluff's success.
Neilson showed his skill by scoring three tries which was partly due to Chris Hini showing his strength from the base of the scrums and rucks.
Bluff did not keep their foot on the throat and allowed Woodlands back into the game in the second half.
Stuart Cook at half-back showed a bit more dominance and got his forwards working well to match the Bluff pack. Woodland's defence also tightened up which kept out, which could have been a couple of tries.
Although Woodlands tried hard the back line just could not get its act together with the wingers waiting out wide for a ball that never came.
It was the Bluff loosies in Terry Dixon, Jeff Mead and Mark Perkins that did a power of work to disrupt.
Lock, Kauwai Maitau, was quick to breakdowns and Charlie Calder in the first half made it difficult for the Woodland backs.
Bluff: Tony Neilson (3), Chris Hini (1), Willie Calder (2 Con)
Woodlands: Grant McKenzie (2PG)
Referee: Mr B. Morrison.
Reference: The Southland Times. Faltering Success For Bluff. August 1983
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