Semifinalists jockeying for position in final rounds

Clutha winger Kane Teunissen tries to run out of the tackle of Heriot's Blair Young and Luke...
Clutha winger Kane Teunissen tries to run out of the tackle of Heriot's Blair Young and Luke Longley. PHOTO: SI LEEDS
The semifinalists have been decided in the Southern Region competition, but the finishing order is still up in the air. The final round robin games this weekend will decide the outcome and there are some very tight match-ups in all four games.

Clutha leads the pack, and is three points ahead of second-placed Crescent. Clutha travels to Clutha Valley, which cannot move from fifth place. Clutha had a very impressive win over Roxburgh last weekend, and looks to have regained form at the right time of the season. Clutha Valley has five wins in a row and will not be an easy beat at home. Clutha will be favourite to take the win and finish on top of the table, but the home side would love to cause an upset.

Second-placed Crescent locked in a home semifinal last weekend with a convincing win over Heriot. All it can do is get maximum points from its match against Toko this weekend and hope Clutha slips up against Valley. The Eddie Scott Memorial is on the line between Crescent and Toko and both sides are very passionate about this silverware. Toko has played some very tidy rugby in recent weeks, and will fancy its chances against Crescent at home.

Third place is at stake at Death Valley, as fourth-placed Heriot hosts third-placed Owaka. Owaka overtook Heriot on the table last weekend with a clinical win over local rival Clinton. Heriot is two points behind Owaka now, and the winner of this game will claim third place.

Clinton hosts Roxburgh in a battle of the bottom two. It has been a difficult year for both sides, but with plenty of positives, too. Clinton's only win this season was over Roxburgh in the first round, and it is actually favourite to win this match at home, due to Roxburgh's lack of numbers and travelling form this season.

 - Francis Parker 
 

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