Balfour resists attack

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Try looming... There is no stopping Balfour number 8 Sebastian Little as he eyes up the tryline before diving over near the goal posts to score just before half time in in the Southland-wide division two Past Presidents Shield rugby final at Balfour on Saturday. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Balfour absorbed an onslaught of second half pressure to emerge the winner of the Past Presidents Shield on Saturday.

The team beat Ohai Nightcaps-Otautau 41-27.

The Southland-wide division two rugby game was played at Balfour in front of a good-sized crowd. Balfour was ahead 27-12 at half time.

After the break, the visitors scored a try in the first two minutes.

This was answered by a Telor Jones penalty kick.

Not to be outdone, Ohai Nightcaps-Otautau scored two tries in six minutes to close the gap to 30-27.

Two more Jones penalties, including one taken from the 10m line, inched Balfour ahead to 36-27 halfway through the second spell.

A Balfour try with 10 minutes to go put the win in the bag, much to the relief of the home crowd.

Coach Bevan Roy said Jones had a very good kicking game to not only score points but keep the team on the “front foot”.

“He kicked us out of trouble … he led the back line very well,” Roy said.

“He took a lot of pressure off the rest of the players.”

The team did not play its usual free running rugby.

“It was more keeping it in tight rather than play the expansive game we usually play.

“It might have been the pressure of the moment.”

He was pleased with the set pieces and the way the forwards disrupted the other team’s lineouts, winning several against the throw.

It was an all-round team performance.

“I was very proud of the achievement.”

He noted that centre Logan Allan had had a good game.