Shute Shield: Power at scrum time gives Souths edge over the Wildfires

By MARK CASHMAN The drums have been beating about power of the Southern Districts scrum for some weeks and the evidence was there for all to see in the Rebels’ 49-24 win over the Hunter Wildfires on Saturday. Souths were awarded two penalty tries on top of the five that they scored in a more conventional manner and the bonus point victory keeps them in touch with the top six. They sit in seventh spot on 30 points just one point shy of Eastern Suburbs (31 points) who are in sixth position and face Northern Suburbs, Manly and West Harbour in the final three rounds before finals. Christian Kagiassis was the pick of the home side according to Souths coach Todd Louden, making the most of his move to flyhalf by taking the ball to the line strongly and kicking well out of hand. Not far behind ‘Kagi’ was Nathan Lawson who continues to come to grips with the channels at 134 while Samu Malola was busy at No.8. “Yeah those penalty tries on either side of halftime were ha