RUSA Round 11 Wrap: Barossa go down swinging in Tanunda launch

Wed, Jun 26, 2024, 10:00 PM
Rugby Union SA
by Rugby Union SA
RugbySA Barossa v Brighton Rd 11

Barossa went down swinging as Brighton spoiled the Rams' long-awaited launch at their new Tanunda home.

The Tigers ran our 50-40 victors at the Barossa Rugby Precinct with Motuliki Kailahi and Aidan Flynn bagging doubles for the visitors in front of a sizeable crowd in pink and black.

Kailahi and Flynn's efforts ultimately proved the difference in a 14-try shootout with Barossa bagging a losing bonus point thanks to six five-pointers of their own.

President of the Barossa Rams Rugby Club, Fraser Vivian, told local media Tanunda was "the best rugby playing surface in South Australia right now" and hopes for further economic and high-performance opportunities in the future.

Meanwhile, Adelaide University's four-game streak came to a halt with Southern Suburbs banking a much-needed 38-25 win at Waite Oval.

A Joseph Parsons brace wasn't enough for Uni with Souths lock Thomas Wigget (two tries) spearheading a six-try rout that ended a string of narrow Bulls losses.

Old Collegians (third) and Burnside (first) also enjoyed bonus-point wins against Woodville and Onkaparinga respectively to consolidate their top-three berths.

In the women's competition, Teanu Karpani's hat-trick stole headlines from Souths' 55-10 win over Uni while Tia Mataira's three-try haul was a highlight from Woodville's 82-7 defeat of Barossa.

The results leave Wasps and Souths four wins clear of the competition with Burnside and Onkas rounding out third and fourth at present.

Meanwhile the Reserve Grade finals picture is getting clearer with Brighton, Burnside, Old Colls and Souths opening up a sizeable lead over fifth-placed Barossa.

Brighton Gold and Burnside remain front-runners ahead of Old Colls and Souths in Third Grade following strong Round 11 wins over Barossa and Onkas, though both the Rams and Devils remain in the finals frame alongside North Torrens should results fall their way.

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