25 Jul 2010

Southland successfully defend Shield

8:16 am on 25 July 2010

Rugby's Ranfurly Shield holders Southland turned on an eight-try second-half blitz to destroy challengers Wanganui 62-6 at Rugby Park in Invercargill on Friday night.

Ahead 14-6 at the break after a nervy first half, the Southlanders racked up three tries in the opening six minutes of the second spell to put their second Shield defence this season beyond doubt.

The performance mirrored Southland's opening effort of the season against North Otago two weeks ago, when they turned a 10-3 half-time lead into a 48-3 victory.

However the Southland coach, Simon Culhane, says he's concerned with the team's high turnover rate.

The Stags' next Shield defence is against Otago on August the 7th.