Wyndham’s success built on strong start

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Full steam...Riversdale fullback Bronson Munro runs the ball back up towards his forwards in a Southland-wide division one game against Wyndham on Saturday. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Wyndham’s flying start put Riversdale on the back foot for the rest of the game in a Southland-wide division one rugby game on Saturday.

Wyndham won the game 21-15 after leading 12-7 at half time.

Wyndham coach Jimmy Sinclair said his team made a great start to the game, scoring two tries in the first 15 minutes.

“We came out flying and then they fought their way back into it,” Sinclair said.

“We were cutting them to pieces in the first 20 minutes and then they just got better and better.”

In the second half Wyndham dominated the possession of the ball but “coughed up the ball a fair bit”.

“We struggled to build phases.”

The lineout had not worked as well as he would have liked, Sinclair said.

Prop Andrew Howe was man of the match.

“He had a great all-round game.”

Into the gap…Wyndham second five Joe McRae has space to move in a Southland-wide division one game against Riversdale on Saturday. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON
Tight grip…Wyndham first five Michael Robinson makes the ball secure as Riversdale lock Jayden Henderson lines him up in the tackle in a Southland-wide division one game against Riversdale on Saturday. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riversdale coach Phil Blatch said his team made a slow start to the game.

“We weren’t really on the field for the first 20 minutes and then we came right and it was a very close contest for the rest of it.

“Once the boys woke up and started playing footy we were pretty solid.”

The rest of the game the team played well to make up the deficit but could not pull off the win, Blatch said.