Double success for Wyndham

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After a long drought extending back to the 1997 Galbraith Shield, Wyndham Rugby Club doubled down in celebrations on Saturday.
The club not only won the Southland Wide Division 1 trophy but also cemented a second trophy earlier when Wyndham beat Waikaia 22-6 in the Presidents Division 1 B competition.
The top Wyndham side put on a dominant display, and strong early defence laid the foundation for the eventual 21-8 victory against Riversdale at Les George Oval in Invercargill.
Wyndham co-coach Casey Robertson said she was over the moon with the result.
‘‘It is a big monkey off some of the boys’ backs after several times trying,’’ Robertson said.
For the best part of the first half, Wyndham’s defensive line was under siege, but Wyndham was first on the scoreboard after Riversdale No 8 and captain Rob Blatch was penalised for a high tackle.
Riversdale coach Garth Lindsay believed this was a tipping point in the match.
‘‘We gave it our best shot. For the opening 30 minutes, we were on attack and couldn’t score and [that] changed the momentum of the match,’’ Lindsay said.
Riversdale halfback Gavin Wilson then went down writhing in pain with a leg injury that saw him taken off in an ambulance.
Wyndham then applied the third strike when centre Phil ‘‘Harvey’’ Norman dotted down.
A penalty to Riversdale’s Willie Tree made it 10-3 at the break.
The second half started ideally for Wyndham after Riversdale was marched back 10m for back chat and Michael Robinson was again able to slot a penalty.
Jo Moir received a yellow card for an intentional knock forward when Wyndham threatened the Riversdale line.
Once again, Wyndham knocked over the penalty kick.
This was followed by a try to halfback Luke Caldwell, his first of the season.
Riversdale crossed over for a consolation try but it was too late to stop Wyndham securing the Division 1 title.