All four division 1 matches produce good competition

The four games in the Southland division one competition were again all keenly contested on Saturday.

Waikiwi continued its strong start to the season with a valuable 35-25 win in Queenstown against Wakatipu.

Mossburn beat Albion Excelsior 36-14 at Athol. The Country Pirates club produced a perfect playing surface and provided first class hospitality.

Blues B earned a 36-20 win over Waiau Star in Tuatapere. Waiau Star started well and made some easy metres through some feeble defence.

Waiau had scored two tries before Blues switched on and strung together some great phases. The visitors went on to score several tries, including a popular one to prop Josh Borland, his first in 23 years of playing rugby.

Blowout scores were again the feature in the division two competition. Of the six games played in round three the most evenly contested was on Friday night between Drummond Limehills Star and Balfour.

Both teams took advantage of the perfect field and overhead conditions at Limehills and played expansively. DLS was the better side and won the match 36-17. Hooker Gus Holmes was impressive and fullback Tom Day continued his good start to the season.

The lights at Limehills earned high praise from both coaches.

Home team coach Anton Langford was also pleased with his team's defence and a bonus point win was handy.

Mataura scored a 48-27 win down at Bluff on Saturday, while Marist B secured its first win of the season with a 64-19 rout of Collegiate. It was the third consecutive week that Collegiate had conceded more than 50 points.

Tokanui thrashed the Pirates Old Boys B team 60-7. Ohai Nightcaps beat Bush Pirates 27-5 and Blues showed how much player depth is at the club this season when its C team beat Woodlands B 54-5.

 - John Langford 

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