The South Pacific Raiders are the 2011 Otago/Southland rugby
league champions after beating Wakatipu He Tauaa 50-26 in
Queenstown on Saturday.
The Raiders were too physical in the forwards and too fast in
the backs for a gallant Wakatipu He Tauaa side.
The forwards, led by prop Ron Muliau and second rowers Josh
Housiaux and Jermaine Stone, got over the advantage line well
and consistently broke up the middle, allowing their backs to
spread the ball wide in their side's 10-tries-to-five
Housiaux was named man of the match.
The trio won praise from Raiders coach David Reedy.
"The boys are extremely proud of their win, because a win in
any final, regardless of what it is, is what they train for
all year," he said.
The Raiders jumped out to a 16-0 lead in as many minutes with
tries from Stone, wing Thomas Te Whaiti-Henry and halfback
Wakatipu He Tauaa hit back with two quick tries to reduce the
deficit to six points before Reedy sensed his side needed
urgency, and brought on Housiaux.
Housiaux had an immediate impact when he burst through the
defence 20m from the opposition try-line and off-loaded a
fine ball to set up centre Jonnie Hughes for the first of
The Raiders ran in two further tries to lead 30-10 at
The second half was closer, with the Raiders running in four
tries to three.
Housiaux started the half strongly and set up Hughes for his
second with a fine offload before Wakatipu grabbed a couple
of tries to give it hope.
That was short-lived as Raiders standoff Tamiti Davis broke
out from his own half and ran 70m before passing to Te Whaiti
Henry, who scored his second try.
Hughes scored his third try late in the game and Housiaux set
up centre Jamahl Mclutchie for a try to cap off a fine