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Tackle time . . . Albion wing Sale Toso has limited options as he makes a run up the field in a South land -wide divison one game on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

Albion coach Jim Cormack is happy with his team’s first-hit out in the Southland-wide division one rugby competition.

The team beat Collegiate 18-17 on Saturday after being down 17-10 at halftime.

Cormack said the game was very tight but his team managed to keep Collegiate scoreless in the second half while adding a try and penalty to its tally.

“I was very pleased with the effort of the boys in the second half,” Cormack said.

His advice to the team at halftime was to “stick to the game plan and trust what we had practised”.

Collegiate played well in the first half but possibly was given soft scoring opportunities.

“They fed off a couple of our mistakes .. a couple of mixed tackles and a couple of bad options.”

The second half was a different story.

“The boys just played as a unit .. the second half I couldn’t fault them.

“Collegiate only got out of their half three times.”

It was hard to single out players in a good team effort.

However, captain Cole Birse “led from the front”.