Premiers hammer 2nd placed Dunedin

The Premiers had their best performance of the season beating Dunedin 40-17 at Bathgate Park on Saturday.

It was a top of the table clash – both teams unbeaten after 5 rounds – and there was a big turn out of supporters on the sidelines for a highly anticipated match. Dunedin has been a bogey team of ours over recent years with the final scorelines often being within 5 points of each other.
Dunedin started well, however Southern withheld the initial pressure and then upped their own game to dominate Dunedin in all areas of the game. The forwards showed their strength in the set piece and the loose, creating good ball for the backs to exploit. Winger Josh Gordon made his presence felt busting the line and showing real pace to run in a try from 50 metres to open the try scoring, he scored a brace as did centre Nathan Cargo.

Josh Walden at halfback cleared the ball well and moved the ball each side of the ruck pressuring the opposition defence, outside him Josh Ioane was always a threat and set the backline away beautifully. Tai Walden enjoyed his more physical role at 2nd five and ran strongly.

No 8 Mika Mafi rose to the challenge of rival Dunedin No 8 ,who are both pressing for the Otago ITM Cup selection. Mafi outshone him in all facets in the loose and was the stand out player on the field. He was well supported by fellow loosies Adam Knight and Dan Baxter  – who gave a great display in his 50th and Blazer match.

With another bonus point win the Premiers are now 4 points clear of Taieri at the top of the table with Dunedin dropping to 3rd and Harbour in 4th.
The Premiers have another top of the table clash with Taieri this Saturday (Anzac Day) at Bathgate Park, a side we haven’t beaten in over 3 years, the Roy Nieper trophy is up for grabs, it is also Sponsor Day.

Otago Daily Times Report:
This was a game that promised the earth and delivered Mataura. Apart from 10 minute periods in both halves where Dunedin scored two tries, Southern totally dominated.

The Magpies dominated territory and possession and for large periods of the game bivouacked deep in Dunedin territory.

This constant pressure either led to kickable penalties or enough numbers, leading to five deserved tries. Winger Josh Gordon and centre Nathan Cargo cashed in with a brace each.

Dunedin was not helped by a spluttering lineout that, unbelievably, only netted one lineout take in each half. When the Sharks did get some possession, their kicking was poor.

In contrast, Southern reigned supreme in the lineouts and was led around the park with aplomb by Josh Ioane. His uncanny kicking game and deft passing were a feature of this one sided affair.

The scrums cancelled each other out but Southern’s Dan Baxter and Mika Mafi dominated in the loose and Tei Walden was all class in the midfield.

It was hard to find positives for Dunedin but loosies Alex Fitzgerald and Hame Toma played well.

Southern is unbeaten and leads the competition comfortably, and with this performance, it is easy to see why.

Other Matches:
Taieri first five eighth Josh Casey scored 32 points on Saturday but his last seven counted the most.

With time almost up and his side hard on defence, he nabbed an intercept and scampered the length of the field to dot down and seal a dramatic 42-29 win over University A at Peter Johnstone Park.

Pirates’ 26-23 win over Zingari Richmond was just as thrilling for the Hancock Park faithful. It was Pirates’ second consecutive win at its home venue.

Harbour loosie Ratu Dawai keeps scoring tries. He has eight now and helped his side secure a comfortable 38 -2 win over Alhambra Union at Watson Park.

Kaikorai registered its first win, beating Green Island 34 17 at Miller Park to pick up maximum points and get off the bottom of the table.


All Black star Aaron Smith coaches our U10 Magpies

Highlander and All Blacks star halfback Aaron Smith was a very popular guest coach at the U10s training tonight.
The training took place at the Edgar Centre due to the grounds being out. Aaron took the team through a number of excellent drills and skills.
He had the team paying attention to every word – something the mums watching on wished they could do at home!
Head coach Colty (Brett McCormack) has a knack of getting famous players to games and trainings, last year Joeli Vidiri turned up to a game at Brighton.
The U10s are a top team in their grade and look in good shape for the coming year.

Junior Opening Day – Sunday19th April

Junior Club Open Day, Sunday April 19th 2015- Clubrooms Bathgate Park.

·         From 9.30- All Junior Grades Arrive.

·         9.45- Welcome Speeches- Meet the Coaches and the Junior Committee.

·         10.00- Team Time- Assemble with your team and warm up for pre-season games.

·         10.30-11.30- Pre-season warm-up games as below.

·         11.45-12.30- ‘Open Day’ BBQ/ Drinks at the Club.

U13 Southern Magpies v Taieri Blue Bathgate 1 10.30am
U12 Southern Magpies v Dunedin Whale Sharks Kettle Park 1 10.30am
U11 Southern Magpies v Taieri Kings HS 2 10.30am
U10 Southern Magpies v Dunedin Crocodile Sharks Kettle Park Jun 2 10.30am
U9 Southern Magpies v Southern Ravens Bathgate Park Jun 3 10.30am
U8 Southern Magpies v Dunedin Great White Sharks Bathgate Park Jun 4 10.30am
Southern Ravens v Dunedin Great White Sharks Bathgate Park Jun 4 10.50am
Southern Magpies v Southern Ravens Bathgate Park Jun 4 11.10am
U7 – 1 Southern Magpies v Dunedin Hammerheads Bathgate Park Jun 5 10.30am
Southern Ravens v Dunedin Makos Bathgate Park Jun 6 10.30am
U7 – 2 Southern White v Dunedin Threshers Kettle Park Jun 1 10.30am
U5 Southern Magpies v Dunedin Baby Sharks Bathgate Park Jun 1 10.30am
Southern Ravens v Dunedin Baby Sharks Bathgate Park Jun 1 10.45am
Southern Magpies v Southern Ravens Bathgate Park Jun 1 11.00am

Draw for Saturday 18th April

Premier Div 1 Referee Assistant Referee
2:45pm Southern v Dunedin Bathgate Park 1 Mike Lash (Nelson Bays) C Hart & D Rodgers
2:45pm Taieri v University Peter Johnstone 1 Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri C Webster & S Curran
2:45pm Harbour v Alhambra-Union Watson Park 1 Rob Wells B Hale & O Cambridge
2:45pm Green Island v Kaikorai Miller Park 1 Joel Hibbs A Ritchie & C Neilson
2:45pm Pirates v Zingari-Richmond Hancock Park 1 Mitch Will B Kyle & R Larson-Hewitt
Premier Div 2 Referee Assistant Referee
1:00pm Southern v Dunedin Bathgate Park 1 Chris Hart
1:00pm Taieri v University Peter Johnstone 1 Chris Webster
2.45pm Eastern v Alhambra-Union Waikouaiti Andy Laughton K Wallis & R Dore
1:00pm Green Island v Kaikorai Miller Park 1 Andrew Ritchie
1:00pm Pirates v Zingari-Richmond Hancock Park 2 Buddy Kyle
Senior Referee Assistant Referee
2:45pm Brighton v Strath Taieri Brighton B Adie
2:45pm Pirates v Taieri Hancock Park 2 D Hill S Braid & L Bremner
2:45pm Kaikorai v Harbour Bishopscourt 1 C Faatoese E Brown & E Robinson
2:45pm Alhambra Union v Toko North Ground R Cormack C Gillet & J Wallace
2:45pm Crescent v West Taieri Kaitangata P Tulloch
2:45pm Dunedin v Green Island Kettle Park 1 L McGrannachan K McGrannachan & P Carroll
Women Referee Assistant Referee
1:00pm North Otago Women v University Oamaru North Otago Ref
12:30pm Alhambra-Union v Pirates North Ground F Hannon
1:00pm Southern v Kaikorai Bathgate Park 2 P MacGregor
Colts Div 1 Referee Assistant Referee
1:00pm Taieri v Alhambra-Union Peter Johnstone 3 S Curran P Burger & M Burger
1:00pm Harbour v OBHS Watson Park B Hale T Te Whata & H Ryan
1:00pm Pirates v Zingari-Richmond Hancock Park 1 R Larson-Hewitt S Braid & L Bremner
2.45pm University Blue v Dunedin Makos University Oval 5 D Kennedy F Hannon & J Fox
1:00pm Kaikorai v Southern Magpies Bishopscourt 1 E Brown C Gillet & E Robinson
Colts Div 2 Referee Assistant Referee
1:00pm Dunedin Hammerheads v Dunedin Dog Sharks Kettle Park 2 K McGrannachan
1:00pm Dunedin Tigers v Southern Ravens Kettle Park 1 P Carroll
1:00pm University Gold v Taieri University Oval 5 N Wallace J Wallace
1:00pm Green Island v Alhambra-Union Miller Park 2 C Neilson

Premiers beat University A 29-18

The Premiers beat University A 29-18 in a scrappy affair at the University Oval no 5 ground.
The win maintains their position at the top of the table. Perhaps the players were put off by the Rod Stewart concert warming up in the Forsyth Barr Stadium beside them, as there was a complete lack of rugby nous and team discipline in the first half.

The backs kicked when they shouldn’t, the forward showed impatience often isolating themselves as ball runners and the constant giving away of penalties at the breakdown kept University in the game. If it wasn’t for a dysfunctional University lineout the score could have been a lot worse than the 6-3 score line in Varsity’s favour.

The 2nd half was a definite improvement with intelligent long kicking to space, utilising the strong breeze. Eventually Southern took their limited opportunities and racked up 3 tries to get 11 points in front at 22-11 with 5 minutes remaining. A good counter attack by University resulting in a try to Matt Faddes brought the score to 22-18 with 2 minutes to go. A last minute try to loose forward substitute Andrew Saunders from an attacking lineout gave the Premiers the 4 try bonus point and closed out the match.

Players to impress were lock Alex Dalziel who maintained a high work rate throughout. Josh Ioane at 2nd five who showed glimpses of his class with nice handling and quick feet, however the backline lacked  penetration and didn’t find the outside dangerous attacking runners – Ryan Tongia and Josh Gordon at all. The outstanding player of the day was tight head prop Mike Mata’afa who ran with power and purpose and always made it over the advantage line, including 2 memorable 30 metre breaks.

The team plays second placed Dunedin next week at Bathgate Park. It also sees the start of all other grades after a late start to the season for these teams, mainly due to the Easter holiday period/ University holidays.