Star has its moments but Woodlands wins

Woodlands accounted for Star 83-31 in the Galbraith Shield final in front of a handful of supporters at Rugby Park on Saturday.

Woodlands scored in the first minute and was totally dominant for the next 35 minutes, racking up 45 points.

Star did have its moments — hooker Greg Pleasants-Tate and prop Chris Apoua made some powerful runs in the first half, but generally lacked support.

Apoua scored a converted try just before halftime to reduce the margin to 45-12.

Te Anau won the Ack Soper Shield final at Rugby Park on Friday night against Midlands 27-24.

Midlands had been the most consistent team in the division 1 competition this season and was to host the final, but due to the uncertainty around Covid levels it was decided to play the match on Friday night at Southland’s Rugby Park.

Midlands looked good early on and led by seven points after 15 minutes. The Te Anau forwards made inroads through their pick-and-go movements and soon levelled the scores. Fullback Jack Keen put Midlands ahead 14-7 after 20 minutes.

Trailing 14-10 at halftime, Te Anau lifted its intensity and went ahead 17-10 after 50 minutes.

As the Te Anau forwards gained ascendancy, young halfback Levi Wairau was able to distribute neatly to Jordan Maher.

Midlands regained the lead 21-20 after 60 minutes, before Te Anau fullback Isaac Wairau injected himself into the backline and created a try assist for winger Jacob Robertson.

Midlands took one of its penalty opportunities with six minutes to go to get within three points but Te Anau professionally and calmly played down the clock.

Tokanui won the division 2 Gerald Dermody Shield final against Pioneer in the late game at Les George Oval on Friday night.

Tokanui led 17-7 at halftime.

The CJ Soper Trophy final was won by Bluff 24-7 against Waiau Star in the early game on Friday at Les George Oval.

Collegiate went unbeaten this season to win the Life Members Trophy.

Collegiate won the final 38-31 on Saturday after 100 minutes of rugby against a tough Marist B side.

Wyndham won the President’s Cup final 26-10 over Waikaia, while the women’s final was won by Blues 24-5 over Marist.

 - John Langford

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