RUSA Round 10 Wrap: Onkas stun Souths to keep finals hopes alive

Mon, Jun 17, 2024, 4:00 AM
Rugby Union SA
by Rugby Union SA
RugbySA Onkaparinga v Southern Suburbs Rd 10

Onkaparinga's Premier Grade finals hopes are alive and well following a crucial Round 10 win over Southern Suburbs while Old Collegians claimed a major scalp to climb into third place.

Veteran Troy Wilkins proved the difference in Onka's 38-35 defeat of Souths with the fullback slotting an overtime penalty from 40m out to send Devils fans wild.

Earlier, Ben White's hat-trick had Wilfred Taylor Reserve in raptures while Taniela Lalakubau (one try, five conversions) and Sanaila Rokonai (two tries) gave the visiting Souths contingent plenty to cheer about.

Souths ultimately outscored Onkas five tries to four with Atino Vaihu's late try tying things up at 35-all before Wilkins' matchwinner on full time.

The result sees Onkas (28 points, seventh) just three points outside the top three with Old Colls (31 points, third), Barossa (31 points, fourth), Souths (30 points, fifth), and Adelaide Uni (29 points, sixth) all jostling mid-table.

Old Colls' 37-25 win over Barossa sparked major ladder changes and saw them jump two places with Sesoni Rokotuiloma key to spoiling a Rams homecoming at Tanunda.

Old Colls scored five tries to Barossa's four as Rokotuiloma's boot (10 points) denied the Rams a losing bonus point.

Elsewhere, Burnside extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 75-0 win over Port Adelaide while Brighton were made to work hard for a bonus-point win against Woodville, eventually prevailing 24-15.

In the women's competition, Southern Suburbs, Port Collegians and Woodville all banked bonus-point wins with the Wasps stretching their 2024 record to 9-0.

Brighton's stranglehold on the Reserve Grade competition continued with a 49-0 win over Woodville while just five points separate third-placed Old Colls from seventh-placed North Torrens in Third Grade.

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