South Otago sports roundup

Halfback Ollie Kenny scores under the posts for Clutha's opening try in its Southern Region top...
Halfback Ollie Kenny scores under the posts for Clutha's opening try in its Southern Region top of the table clash against Crescent in Balclutha on Saturday. Clutha won 24-19.PHOTO: SI LEEDS
The Clutha Steamers have returned to the top of the Southern Region points table with a 24-19 win over bitter rivals Crescent at the Balclutha Showgrounds.

Both sides scored two tries in the first half, but Crescent went into halftime 14-12 ahead.

It was an even battle and both sides defended well to squash numerous attacks.

Clutha opened the scoring in the second half, before Crescent hit back to regain the lead.

Crescent was still ahead with 10 minutes to go when Clutha winger Sam Viliamu ran the best part of 50m to score the winning try.

Clutha's positive result started from its solid defensive line in the second half.

It forced turnovers and found a way to escape.

It had more territory in the second half, but at times could not turn the pressure into points.

Crescent did everything in its power to take the win, but mistakes at key times were costly.

Clutha Valley continued its push for the top four, beating Owaka 20-19 at Clydevale.

It scored an early try and was the better team in the opening stages.

Owaka could not get its hands on the ball and was forced to defend for long periods.

When Owaka got possession, it turned it into points.

Both sides scored two first half tries as Valley went into halftime ahead 13-12.

The second half was scrappy, and both sides spurned plenty of opportunities.

Valley thrived off this more, and kicked in behind the Owaka defence to keep it in its own half.

Valley found space out wide and scored to extend its lead before Owaka hit back with less than ten on the clock.

The final stages were tense, but Valley managed to hold the ball and secure their victory.

Heriot moved back into third with a 27-19 win over Clinton at Tapanui.

Heriot had a strong first half and went into the sheds 22-12 up.

Its set piece was outstanding and put pressure on the Clinton pack.

Heriot scored some nice tries out wide, but was still guilty of trying too hard at times.

Its execution let Clinton back into the game at times.

Clinton looked good with the ball but could not get enough of it.

Toko kept its faint finals hopes alive with a solid 27-12 win over Roxburgh at Milton.

It attacked from everywhere and was not scared to give the ball air, while its scrum set a great platform to work from.

Netball

Southern Plumbing emerged 26-24 victors over Redwyns in a close game.

It took a while for the teams to find their rhythm, but both settled eventually.

Redwyns attacks Kayla Dent and Catherine Whitefield worked strongly, finding their shooting circle well.

Southern P put pressure on throughout the court and fought hard for the ball, leading 8-6 at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter started with Southern P defensive duo Caitlin Gouman and Samara Soper working hard to force Redwyns into early errors.

Redwyns were quick to bring the ball through court, but often had the ball snatched up by the Southern P defence.

Erin Pellett was dominant in the Southern P shooting circle, but Redwyns won the quarter 14-12.

Redwyns came out and were strong off their centre pass and used the speed of the ball in their favour.

Southern P made some changes to its line-up and took time to settle.

Redwyns led 20-19 at the end of the third quarter.

The final quarter saw Southern P defence duo Soper and Gouman continue to force turnovers, while Nadia Lyders held Redwyns' shooting end together.

 - Francis Parker/Staff reporter

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