A superb South Canterbury display saw them run in seven tries against Wairarapa Bush and rack up a convincing 43-16 victory in Timaru.
The result means South Canterbury remain on top of the Heartland Championships with the maximum 15 point from three games.
The ”green and blacks” have only once made the top four in the championship since it started in 2006 so are track to at least repeat that effort after their biggest ever win over the Bush boys.
South Canterbury only led 7-6 after 25 minutes and lead 17-9 at the break.
Two tries inside five minutes in the second half sealed Wairarapa Bush as they were ripped apart out wide.
For South Canterbury half back Theo Davidson had a brilliant first half with one superb run, setting up Maile I’Ongi’s try with a clever wrap around and then slipping through to score one himself.
Both wings, I’Ongi and Erenimo Tau, looked dangerous every they touched the ball and scored two tries each.
South Canterbury’s front row set a rock solid platform while new loan player Tom ”Carcass” Dwyer had an excellent game as did his locking a partner Sione Tauelangi.
Wairarapa Bush were by no means a poor side, they just struggled to get any real momentum going.
Prop Finnbarr Kerr Newell had a strong game while No 8 Thomas Fleming never gave up.
Centre Robbie Anderson made some good metres while replacement halfback Michael Te Whare was busy trying to spark his side but did throw one wayward pass that gifted Tau a try.
During the halftime break the South Canterbury Rugby Union presented caps to their 1974 Ranfurly Shield winning side, while the only two survivors from the 1950 victory, halfback Roly Green and reserve Henry Fairbrother, were also honoured.
STU PIDDINGTON – Stuff