Burnside coach TJ Maualaivao has branded tomorrow’s Round 6 blockbuster against Old Collegians at Tregenza Oval a “checkpoint” for their Premier Grade season as both sides jockey for a top four berth.
Burnside piled on 11 tries last week against Port Adelaide with flankers Bailey Loftus and Kiru Brown front and centre but Maualaivao knows that result means little against one of their oldest rivals.
“It felt good to get a win like that after a few shaky results and I was really pleased with Bailey and Kiru - they’ve both been real workhorses for us so far this year, carrying hard and winning ball which has been great to see,” Maualaivao said.
“But that’s done now and we know this weekend’s a big game in terms of our season.
“We always circle Old Colls on our calendar and there’s lots of history between our two clubs - we know they’ll be up for it no matter what and we will be too.”
Souths are at home this weekend - with games against Woodville Wasps Rugby Club at AA Bailey Reserve, and the Uni-Bulls playing at Waite Oval. Hoping to see all our fans at the grounds on Saturday! 💚❤️💚❤️Posted by Souths Rugby Union on Monday, May 15, 2023
Burnside (16 points) and Old Colls (14 points) sit fourth and fifth respectively on the Premier Grade ladder with three wins and one loss apiece.
Round 6 also takes Premier Grade action to Riverside Oval with Port Adelaide welcoming Onkaparinga while Souths and Adelaide Uni play host to Woodville and Elizabeth respectively.
There’ll be plenty of eyes on the Round 6 women’s showdown between Souths and Woodville at AA Bailey with both sides heading into Saturday unbeaten.
Meanwhile Barossa is set for plenty of action with the red-hot Rams hosting Brighton's Reserve Grade and Third Grade outfits at Lyndoch Recreation Park.