Marist & Blues: The storm is over, at least for Division 1. Both Premier and Ack Soper Shield grades have made it through storm week, with 3 games in the space of just 8 days. Ack Soper division one now have five weeks of regular season play, along with all grades bar premier who have six games remaining, including one more storm week.
All teams made it through reasonably unscathed, although premier side Blues suffered a loss with SIT Zero Fees Southland Stag Ray Tatafu breaking his finger putting him out for the remainder of the club season, he will be back for Mitre 10 Cup In September.
Mossburn remain unbeaten in the race for the Gerald Dermody Shield, after defeating previosuly unbeaten Tokanui on Saturday in Mossburn. Collegiate, Bluff and Waiau Star are the only teams unbeaten in the Division 2 grades.
In premier grade it was a week that has shaken up the competition, previosuly unbeaten Woodlands were taken down by ENC Barbarians in Wednesday nights game, while Star defeated Marist that same night, and Pirates-Old Boys snatching the win in the final minutes against Blues.
Saturdays Premier rugby had Woodlands remain top of the table with a win against Star, Pirates-Old Boys took down ENC Barbarians and Blues were defeated by Marist. In storm week 5 out of 6 teams all ended with a win and loss.
On Sunday it was battle of the towns with Albion taking on Pioneer at the Gore Showgrounds and Marist hosting Blues. Albion dominated Pioneer sealing a solid win, with Blues defeating Marist in what was a full 80 minutes of passionate rugby.
Galbraith Shield: (Wednesday) Marist 26- Star 38, ENC Barbarians 13- Woodlands 11, Pirates Old Boys 24- Blues 22 (Saturday) ENC Barbarians 14- Pirates-Old Boys 39, Marist 41- Blues 26, Woodlands 34- Star 5
Ack Soper Shield: (Wednesday) Te Anau 20- Riversdale 5, Edendale 13- Wyndham 20, Waikaka 5- Midlands 40 (Saturday) Midlands 24- Edendale 17, Te Anau 24- Waikaka 10, Riversdale 24- Wyndham 13
Gerald Dermody Shield: Mossburn 17- Tokanui 9, Waikiwi 26- Albion 0, Wakatipu 5- Albion 40
CJ Soper Trophy: DLS 7- Waiau Star 12, Star 0- Bluff 29, Blues 31- Pioneer 12
Life Members Trophy: Midlands 5- Marist 15, Collegiate 34- Woodlands 8, Bush Pirates 3- Pirates-Old Boys 30
Presidents Cup: Blues 38- Marist 17, Collegiate 5- Waikaka 12, Waikaia 10- Wyndham 12
Presidents Trophy: Waikiwi 15- Pukerau 22, Central Pirates TBC- Tokanui TBC
Womens Cup: Marist 0- Blues 20, Albion 77- Pioneer 0
Source: Rugby Southland re published by arrangement.