June 5 1991

U.S.S.R. bounce back in Ashburton.

 

After a heavy loss to Canterbury (15 – 73) the U.S.S.R. had their 3rd win in four matches with a four tries to one victory over Mid Canterbury in good conditions at Ashburton.


Match programme.

U.S.S.R. 33,
MID-CANTERBURY 10
at Ashburton, June 5

Brilliant first-five Yuri Nikolaev was the individual star in the USSR’s convincing display in near perfect conditions at the Ashburton Showgrounds.

The tourists bounced back from a drubbing from Canterbury four days earlier to beat Mid-Canterbury decisively.

The win was as convincing as the scoreline suggests.

The USSR ran in four tries with Nikolaev showing excellent footwork to score one.

He also dropped a goal and kicked four conversions and two penalty goals for a personal contribution of 21 points.

It was a tremendous display by a highly talented player.

The other individual star in the backs was fullback Alexander Zakarliuk. Although seldom under real pressure, Zakarliuk never put a foot wrong. His line-kicking with either foot was long and accurate, but it was on attack that he really caught the eye. He invariably led the forward rushes and looked a player of genuine class.

It was Tikhonov who crashed his way over for the USSR’s third try, while Zakarliuk sealed the win when he wrong footed the defence.

It was an impressive display by the tourists, who dominated in all facets except rolling mauls.

Lee McDonald and Mark O’Grady were the pick of the Mid-Canterbury forwards, while halfback Grant Lloyd highly talented player.

The other individual star in the backs was fullback Alexander Zakarliuk. Although seldom under real pressure, Zakarliuk never put a foot wrong. His line-kicking with either foot was long and accurate, but it was on attack that he really caught the eye. He invariably led the forward rushes and looked a player of genuine class.

It was Tikhonov who crashed his way over for the USSR’s third try, while Zakarliuk sealed the win when he wrong footed the defence.

It was an impressive display by the tourists, who dominated in all facets except rolling mauls.

Lee McDonald and Mark O’Grady were the pick of the Mid-Canterbury forwards, while halfback Grant Lloyd was sound.

USSR 33: Tries by Igor Kuperman, Alexander Tikhonov, Yuri Nikolaev and Alexander Zakarlink; dropped goal, 2 penalty goals and 4 conversions by Nikolaev.
For Mid-Canterbury 10: Try by Michael Sandrey; 2 penalty goals by Jon Bond.

Referee: Lindsay McLachlan (Otago).
Crowd: 2,000.

From “Rugby News” 1991 No. 12. P. 60. 


The teams.