Round 6 Wrap: Souths home sweep as Burnside, Knights & Onkas bank key wins away

Mon, May 22, 2023, 2:00 AM
Rugby Union SA
by Rugby Union SA
ON THE CHARGE: Souths' Teanu Karpani en route to the tryline against Woodville during their Round 6 fixture at AA Bailey. Picture: RUSA
ON THE CHARGE: Souths' Teanu Karpani en route to the tryline against Woodville during their Round 6 fixture at AA Bailey. Picture: RUSA

Old Collegians’ Premier Grade campaign took a hit in Round 6 with Burnside inflicting their second home loss of the season while Southern Suburbs shone in their women’s table-topper against Woodville.

It was a packed house at Tregenza Oval for Ladies Day but Old Colls couldn’t get it done against a dogged Burnside on Saturday afternoon, going down 18-10.

The visitors racked up two early tries through Saul Lopa and Ned Rutty before turning the screws through kick pressure to earn a 12-0 halftime lead as Alex Rokobaro’s side struggled to exit.

Kurt McKinley got Old Colls on the scoreboard via a penalty goal just after oranges but Burnside continued to dominate territory off the boot while Samuela Tanaki lead the way with a number of telling carries in general play.

230520 - burnside v old colls men's

Penalty goals to Jordan Cetta and Edward Wilkes pushed the margin to 18-3 late in the piece before Ruan Fourie gave the home crowd something to cheer about with a consolation try at the death.

Burnside’s result completed a 4-0 away sweep over Old Colls with the Women, Reserves and Thirds all banking wins.

Across town, it was Southern Suburbs seeing off an impressive Woodville in the women’s match of the round with a 25-10 victory.

Teanu Karpani shone for the hosts at AA Bailey with two tries down the right touchline while hot-stepping Frances Afeaki also impressed in red and green.

230520 - port v onkas reserves

The Bulls men wrapped up a perfect day at home with Sam Rowe’s hat-trick spearheading a 59-14 Premier Grade win after the Reserves rolled Wasps 63-15.

Meanwhile, Riverside Oval proved a happy hunting ground for Onkaparinga with the Devils claiming three tight wins across Premier, Reserves and Women’s competition.

Jade Pilkington’s 14-point haul steered Onkas home 19-10 in the opening clash before a ding-dong Reserve Grade battle saw the visitors emerge 27-24 winners.

230520 - adelaide uni v elizabeth

Port Adelaide came out firing in the Premier Grade fixture but two yellow cards proved costly as Onkas sealed a 32-21 win with Isaac Manocchio’s brace a standout.

Round 6 wrapped up over at Waite Oval with Adelaide Uni giving Elizabeth a real scare in a 29-43 loss.

The students scored fives tries to heap pressure on the Knights but Jovesa Bola’s hat-trick proved the difference in an afternoon of running rugby with Elizabeth also coming out 50-34 winners in their earlier Reserves fixture.