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Slippery .. Waikaia centre Puna Matene proves hard to stop as he avoids Mataura players trying to tackle him during their Rugby Southland Go Bus Presidents B game against Mataura on Saturday.PHOTOS: SANDY EGGLESTON.

Waikaia outclassed Mataura on Saturday, scoring 34 unanswered points in the second half to win 51-5 in a Rugby Southland Go Bus Presidents B game.

Switzers Valley Transport Waikaia is co-coached by Marty Sloane and Allan Bain.

Sloane said he was pleased with the way his team played, especially in the second half.

“[In the second half players were] starting to run with the ball, drawing and passing, throwing it around .. having a bit of fun,” he said.

Three weeks earlier, the team had lost to Mataura, 39-21.

“It’s nice to have a home advantage and get one up on them,” Sloane said.

There were plenty of players on the bench, which helped.

“We struggle with numbers week in, week out – it’s nice to see good numbers here today.”

Lock Anthony Krawczyk had a strong game.

“[Krawczyk was] mobile around the paddock, good carry with the ball.”

Mataura player coach Darren Matahiki said the game was played at a quicker pace than his team was used to.

“It was one of the faster games we have had to play this season because the Waikaia team was a pretty young team.”

“We didn’t disgrace ourselves,” Matahiki said.

He was pleased with the way his players persevered to the end.

“I thought our defence was pretty good – the heart that the boys showed, the guts and determination to keep going and not give up.”

In the backs, Ihaka Edwards played well.

“[He] had a great game on both defence and attack.”

Also new recruit Mitchell McLeary had a good game.

In the forwards, Naylor Browne stood out.