1st Grade Match Report vs. WarringahMatch report Southern Districts v Warringah 16/6/2012
Southern Districts won a hard fought match against Warringah at Pittwater Rugby Park on Saturday to continue their run of away wins this season.
Souths welcomed back Super15 forwards John Ulugia and Lopeti Timani for their first club appearance of the season, after being released to play by the Waratahs.
For the second match in a row, the weather conditions dictated how the match would be played. Yet early in the game, Souths looked to have learned little from their loss in the wet and windy conditions to Penrith just a fortnight ago. Conceding a try to a charge down and continually coming unstuck when attempting plays more suited to dry conditions, threatened to cost them dearly.
Trailing 10-0 after 20 minutes, Souths finally clicked into wet weather mode and played with more control as well as being more direct with their attack. On the back of some good field position gained from Grayson Hart’s accurate kicking game, Souths were able to put Warringah under some defensive pressure. A line break by Rohan Saifoloi put the ever present Lester Salanoa into some open space, allowing him to race 30 metres and score between the posts. Rohan Saifoloi converted the try and added 2 more penalty goals to give Souths a narrow 13-10 half-time lead.
Southern Districts started the second half in style, with Nicky Price regathering South’s kick-off and 9 phases later, Lock Dallas Pawley scored beside the posts off a well timed Grayson Hart pass. This pushed Souths lead out to 10 points.
With the rain getting even heavier and Warringah fighting desperately to stay in the game, Souths were force to defend for long periods of time and did a good job of repelling continuous close quarter attacks. After conceding only the one penalty goal during this period, Souths had a defensive lapse that allowed Warringah to score a converted try, locking the scores up at 20-20 with a quarter of the game still to play.
In the latter part of the game, Souths reasserted their control, getting and keeping possession, forcing Warringah into mistakes through good defensive pressure in the midfield and kicking a further penalty goal to put them back into the lead. With the final siren about to sound, some good pick and drive lead to a Joe Lynch try. The try was converted by Rohan Saifoloi to give Souths a well deserved 30-20 win.
In what was a good team effort, Lopeti Timani was voted Player’s Player for the match.
Southern Districts 30 (Lester Salanoa, Dallas Pawley, Joe Lynch tries; Rohan Saifoloi 3 cons, 3 pens) d Warringah 20 (Michael Dalton, Hamish Angus tries; Hamish Angus 2 cons, 2 pens)