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Waiau Star has one point lead over Riverton and Limehills in Central Western rugby competition in 1977........?
I am not sure of the actual year of this article but Yacck is thinking it is either 1976 or 1977 would be great if someone confirmed this.
Waiau Star, Riverton and Limehills had increased their lead in the Central-Western competition with the former retaining a one point lead over the other two teams who were in second place, with Drummond and Limehills in fourth place, six points behind.
This round saw Waiau Star taking on Wrights Bush, with both teams under strength due to injuries and representative commitments.
Strangely though both teams played better rugby facing into the wind. Both teams defended well which saw a 0-0 draw at half time.
Wrights Bush went to half time looking the better team, but it was Waiau Star with their heavier pack that came out dominating the set play.
They pushed the Bush pack around, and it showed the pressure they were under when two props left the field through injury.
Kevin Edgerton won good ball in the lineouts for Waiau Star and worked hard in the tight. He was well supported by Russell Marshall and Errol Templeton. Murray Harris was the standout in the loose.
Ian Dallas at second five eight and Perry Harris were the pick of the backs.
For Bush, Lindsay Keith, John McNaughton and No. 8 Des Gill had a busy time keeping Waiau Star at bay, with the latter two supporting Colin McDonald in the lineouts. Graham Cooney worked hard in the tight and Albert Anderson had another sound game.
Waiau Star: Ian Dallas (1), Perry Harris (1PG)
Wrights Bush: D. McDonald (1PG)
Riverton V Drummond
Riverton was lead well by Murray Heath in their win over Drummond 9-0.
With a strong wind at their backs, Riverton held a 9-0 lead at half time, but the fans were worried it might not be enough when they turned around after half time.
It was more that Drummond tried hard to lose with poor handling, and bad decision making, that Riverton managed to hold on to their lead.
The Riverton forward pack were exemplary in harrying the opposition into mistakes.
Bede McKenzie, Alan Ronald and Peter Dawson were outstanding in the loose for Riverton.
John Masefield, the Drummond No. 8 was solid in the tight and was not afraid to run the ball.
The Drummond backs had a day they would rather forget, with John Lindsay recovering from the flue and John Patterson not being fully fit through injury.
Owen Egerton made some good breaks on the wing but could not get through the layers of the Riverton defence.
Limehills V Otautau
After leading 16-10 at half time, Limehills raced away to add another 22 points in the second half against Otautau.
It took a while for Limehills to wear down the opposition but once they had the foot on the throat there was no going back.
Limehills had a new look backline with Ross Mangles trying out varying roles.
Neil Collie lead the loose rightly and set up his forwards well after many breakdowns.
Clarence Wilson, Peter O'Callaghan and hooker, Terence Kean, all contributed to Limehill's win. Murray Johns tidied up well in the backs.
Vic Nelson, Ken Taylor and Hugh Clark worked well in the tight for Otautau and secured some good clean ball for their backs. But unfortunately, a lot of these opportunities were lost through bad handling and senseless kicking.
Alan Dickson was the best of the Otautau backs.
Limehills: R. Mangles (2), P. O'Callaghan, K. Finn, N. Collie, G. Walters and M. Ridley (1), T. Kean (5 Con).
Otautau: D. Stalker, B. King (1), A. Dickson (1Con).
Central Pirates V Winton Star
Central Pirates were too strong for Winton Star, with Pirates always being in control, found the chink in Star's armor to exploit.
Jim Phair was the star of the game and was dangerous when coming into the backline, where he managed to score two tries.
The Winton Star forwards were sharp in the first half, but with the likes of Bevan Brown leading a dynamic loose trio, and dominating the second phase ball, it was too hard for Star to get their hands on the ball.
Pirates backs Phair, Forester Norman at centre and Kevin Hamilton at half back were dominant, but it was thanks to the good ball their loosies sent them.
Winton Star's Terry Boyle won good ball in the lineout for his team and lock, Bruce Campbell worked hard all day.
Central Pirates: J. Phair (2), R. Casey, B. Brown, F. Norman (1), P. Wishart (1Con), T Fairbairn (2Con) (1PG).
Winton Star: M. Walker (1), T. Doherty (1Con) (1PG).
were: P. King, Gavan Burns, S. Ashworth, Gordon Lewis, W. Dallas, A. Dickson, K. Harvey, Ian Dallas, B. Thompson, Murray Heath, D. Norman, B. McKenzie, R. Marshall, B. Sinclair, R. Booth, G. Whtye, Frank Oliver, H. Clark, K. Egerton, Wayne Soper, H. Agnew.