Tigers dominate University

The Kia Toa Tigers put on a dominant display against University in the only match of the southern club competition round on Saturday.

The Invercargill Cowboys and He Tauaa claimed wins after their opponents were forced to default because of a lack of numbers.

University struggled to contain Shane Unahi as it went down 64-6 against the Tigers at the Oval. Hagen Free gave the Tigers plenty of metres through the middle of the park, creating a great platform for the Tigers. Free also scored two tries.

Jamian Piri ran the side well in the halves and provided the ball to Unahi, who added another three tries to his season tally.

The Tigers dominated the match, putting on 36 unanswered points in the first half.

Troy Anstiss stood out for the students as he kept backing up on defence, putting on a tackling clinic. The only highlight for the students came from Matt Nicholson, who took a great catch off a cross field bomb and managed to get the ball down for an impressive try.

Tayla Hazlett scored two tries and kicked eight goals to complete the day for the Tigers. The Tigers are sitting comfortably at the top of the table with one round remaining until the playoffs.

The Cooks and South Pacific Raiders had to default their fixtures against the Cowboys and He Tauaa respectively.

A few University players decided to strap the boots on again after their game to make up numbers for the Raiders and make it a worthwhile trip up for He Tauaa.

The Raiders combined with some of the students made a competitive team and gave He Tauaa a good game. He Tauaa gets the two points, which affirms its place in the top four.

 - Liam O'Brien

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