Draw for Thursday & Monday (Easter double round)

5:30pm Kaikorai v Zingari-Richmond Bishops Court 1 Rob Wells
5:30pm Southern v Alhambra-Union Bathgate Park 1 Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
5:30pm Pirates v University Hancock Park 1 Chris Webster
5:30pm Taieri v Harbour Peter Johnstone 1 Mitchell Will
5:30pm Dunedin v Green Island Kettle Park 1 Adam Morrison
2:00pm Taieri v Zingari-Richmond Peter Johnstone 1 *Downie Stewart* Adam Morrison
2:00pm Dunedin v University Kettle Park 1 Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
2:00pm Green Island v Southern Miller Park 1 Hamish Davies
2:00pm Harbour v Kaikorai Watson Park 1 Chris Hart
2:00pm Alhambra-Union v Pirates North Ground 1 Joel Hibbs

Highlanders junior rugby club day a success

The Highlanders along with partner Placemakers initiated a new event involving the Junior Clubs of the Highlanders region last Saturday night.
The “We love rugby” promotion invited every junior registered rugby player in the region to attend the Highlanders v Stormers game at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. Players had to wear their rugby jersey for free entry. They were housed in the Zoo area and made as much noise as the students usually do.
At half time a relay race involving 4 players (from the U5, U7, U8, &U9 teams) each running 50 metres took place. Sometimes the most simple plan can be the most exciting entertainment. Harbour won the race with Southern hot on their heals in 3rd place of about 15 clubs. All the crowd got in behind the runners cheering them on.
At the end of the game the Stadium allowed all the junior players to run on the field and meet the Highlanders – quite a treat for the excited players.
Thank you to the Highlanders and Placemakers (and other support sponsors). It was a great initiative and it hopefully will become an annual event, ideally when the season is underway to fill the Zoo completely.

Southern beat Pirates 31-3 in scrappy encounter

The Premiers easily beat Pirates in the Jack Hore Memorial match on Saturday 31-3 played at Bathgate Park.

The Southern team showed patches of their potential when stringing multiple phases together, allowing space for the backs to attack. However credit must be given to Pirates for their determined defence, and disruption at the breakdown that didn’t allow Southern to flow as they would like. Questions could be asked about the offside line rulings, but the team needs to adapt tactics when they are being rushed in defence.

Highlander Ryan Tongia, playing at fullback, showed his skills in broken play, beating defenders easily to score 2 tries. Adam Knight at flank had a strong game and showed speed to score a try also from 30m out. The tight five worked hard and set a good scrum against a strong Pirates front row. There is plenty for the coaches to work on – with the lineout needing more work and the back combinations are still developing. However with 2 games played Southern sit at the top of the table with Taieri, with 2 wins and maximum bonus points for 4 plus tries in each game.

Due to Easter this weekend the Premiers will play Alhambra-Union on Thursday at Bathgate Park at 5.30pm. They then play Green Island on Monday at Miller Park at 2pm.

Otago Daily Times Report:
Southern got the bonus point and the win in a messy match against Pirates at Bathgate Park.

The home team could have expected to win easily but made hard work of it at times, in a game that did not have a lot of flow in it.

There was plenty of vigour from the Pirates forwards, who threw in the towel, especially around the breakdown.

Highlanders winger Ryan Tongia scored two tries for Southern _ giving him five in two matches _ and his second one, where he split the defence up the middle, got his side the bonus point near the end of the game. Tongia had scored the first try of the game and Southern led 17 0 at the break.

Adam Knight got through plenty of work in the Southern pack, and front rowers Warren Moffat and Cameron Keach were energetic.

Pirates props Craig Millar and Hisa Sasagi worked hard and got round the field and Josh Clark was tigerish in the loose.

Draw – Saturday 28th March

Premier Div 1 Referee
2:45pm Green Island v Taieri Miller Park 1 R Wells
2:45pm Harbour v University Watson Park 1 S Eden-Whaitiri
2:45pm Zingari-Richmond v Dunedin Montecillo 1 J Hibbs
2:45pm Southern v Pirates Bathgate Park 1 *Jack Hore Memorial* C Hart
2:45pm Alhambra-Union v Kaikorai North Ground A Morrison
Colts Referee
11:30am Alhambra-Union v Southern Opoho 3 A Laughton
1:00pm University v Southern University Oval 2 N Wallace
Women Referee
1:00pm Southern v Pirates Bathgate Park 2 R Dore

Opening Day

The Club season will officially “open” this Saturday the 28th March.
The Premiers has the Jack Hore Memorial trophy game against Pirates at Bathgate Park at 2.45pm.
The Colts and Womens team also play trial matches as they build into their later start on the 18th April.
We warmly welcome all Members along with partners and friends to attend the match and our official opening from 5.30pm.