Draw – Sat 30th May

METROPOLITAN CLUB RUGBY – SATURDAY 30 MAY
Premier Div 1 Referee
2:45pm Zingari-Richmond v Kaikorai Montecillo 1 *Tom Watkins Memorial* Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
3:00pm Alhambra-Union v Southern North Ground 1 Mitchell Will
2:45pm University v Pirates University Oval 1 Chris Webster
2:45pm Harbour v Taieri Watson Park *Henderson Memorial* Rob Wells
2:45pm Green Island v Dunedin Miller Park 1 *Les Griffen Memorial & Terry Murphy Memorial* Joel Hibbs
Premier Div 2 Referee
1:00pm Zingari-Richmond v Kaikorai Montecillo 1 N Wallace
1:00pm Alhambra-Union v Southern Bathgate Park 1 B Kyle
1:00pm University v Pirates University Oval 1 A Ritchie
2:30pm Eastern v Taieri Waikouaiti 1 *Brown Memorial* C Fa’atoese
1:00pm Green Island v Dunedin Miller Park 1 T Lucas
Senior Referee
2:45pm Brighton v Green Island Brighton 1 *Harvey Memorial* B Adie
2:45pm Crescent v Dunedin Kaitangata 1 * R Peoples Trophy* P Standish
2:45pm West Taieri v Toko Outram P McRae
2:45pm Kaikorai v Alhambra-Union Bishopscourt 2 P Burger
1:00pm Harbour v Taieri Watson Park A Newman
2:45pm Strath Taieri v Pirates Middlemarch L McGrannachan
Senior Monday 01 June Referee
2:45pm West Taieri v Strath Taieri Outram Adam Morrison
Women Referee
1:00pm University v Pirates Univeristy Oval 4 C Hart
1:00pm Southern v Alhambra-Union Bathagte Park 2 M Walton
2:45pm North Otago v Kaikorai Oamaru *NC Scrums* North Otago Referee
Colts Div 1 Referee
1:00pm Dunedin v University Kettle Park 1 B Hale
1:00pm OBHS v Harbour Littlebourne 1 R Larson-Hewitt**
2:45pm Pirates v Kaikorai Hancock Park 1 S Curran
1:00pm Taieri v Southern Peter Johnstone 1 K McGrannachan
1:00pm Alhambra – Union v SBHS North Ground 1 D Kennedy
Colts Div 2 Referee
1:00pm Zingari v Southern Montecillo 2 E Robinson
2.45pm Dunedin Hammerheads v University Kettle Park 1 C Carroll
1:00pm Green Island v Dunedin Tigers Miller Park 2 C Neilson
2:45pm Taieri v Alhambra-Union Peter Johnstone 1 K Wallis
Dunedin Dog Sharks Bye

Warren Moffat celebrates 200th match with win against Pirates

Warren Moffat joined good mate Luke Herden in joining the exclusive club of 200 Premier matches for the Southern RFC last Saturday. He helped the team to defeat a spirited Pirates team 49-29 at Hancock Park.

Detailed records prior to the mid 70s were not as accurate as we have today and those feats weren’t quite so celebrated in those rugby times, so a couple of former players from that era are also estimated to be in the 200 Club (eg Bob Crawford and Gary Seear). Herden (Premiers1998) and Moffat (1999) both came from Kings HS, played in our Magpie Colts and then showed longevity and loyalty to bring up such a meritorious milestones. The Club duly celebrated Moff’s achievement with 200 game presentations and a video display that included many past players appearing with humorous memories of their time playing with Moff. The Club hummed late into the night, and showed that achievements in Club rugby – the core of the game – are still very important in our rugby fabric.

With Warren Moffat playing in his favoured loose head position, the Premiers started well and scored 2 well constructed tries, however Pirates remained in the contest and took advantage of some
average Southern defence to bring the score back to 25-22 just after halftime. Although it wasn’t their best performance of the season, the Magpies still went on to score 49 points but never put Pirates away. Bryce Hosie’s accurate goal kicking maximised most tries scored and penalties kicks offered.

Adam Knight was prominent in open and tight play from the flank, and Joe Weatherall in his first season in the team continues to look like a Premier hooker of quality. Openside flanker Ethan Perrett had his best game for the Premiers. Ryan Thompson returning from a shoulder injury was a strong lineout forward.

Tai Walden played well at 2nd five and is the team’s strongest leader, Centre Nathan Cargo showed strength close to the line to score a good try. Bryce Hosie in his 50th and Blazer game, had another solid game at fullback and is thriving being injury free this season, he switched to 1st five in the second half.

The bonus point win maintains our top equal spot with Taieri and Harbour, while Dunedin sits in 4th spot and will battle this position out with University A.

ODT Summary
Taieri Harbour and Southern all recorded impressive bonus point wins on Saturday to keep pace with one another at the top of the Dunedin premier competition.

While Taieri and Southern predictably beat Green Island and Pirates respectively, Harbour needed a second half surge to overcome a spirited University A side.

Alhambra Union beat an error ridden Kaikorai side, while Dunedin picked up a much needed win over Zingari Richmond.

Scores:
Dunedin beat Zingari 19-11
Alhambra Union beat Kaikorai 27-20
Taieri beat Green Is 43-17
Harbour beat University A 38-31

Results 23rd May

Premiers beat Pirates 49-29
Premier 2s beat Pirates 22-14
Magpie Colts beat Harbour 48-14
Ravens Colts beat Green Island 110-0
Women drew with Kaikorai 10-10

Draw 23rd May

METROPOLITAN CLUB RUGBY – SATURDAY 23 MAY
Premier Div 1 Referee Assistant Referee
2:45pm Dunedin v Zingari-Richmond Kettle Park 1 Rob Wells A Laughton & E Brown
2:45pm Taieri v Green Island PJ Park 1 *Bezett Trophy & Robb Cup* Chris Webster A Ritchie & H Ryan
2:45pm University v Harbour University Oval 1 Mitchell Will B Kyle & C Carroll
3:00pm Pirates v Southern Hancock Park 1 Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri R Larson-Hewitt & W Smith
2:45pm Kaikorai v Alhambra-Union Bishopscourt 1 *Murphy Memorial* Joel Hibbs B Hale & S Curran
Premier Div 2 Referee Assistant Referee
1:00pm Dunedin v Zingari-Richmond Kettle Park 1 A Laughton
1:00pm Taieri v Green Island PJ Park 1 A Ritchie
1:00pm University v Eastern Univeristy Oval 1 B Kyle
1:00pm Pirates v Southern Hancock Park 1 R Larson-Hewitt
1:00pm Kaikorai v Alhambra-Union Bishopscourt 1 B Hale
Senior Referee Assistant Referee
2:45pm Dunedin v Brighton Kettle Park 2 A Newman**
2:45pm Green Island v West Taieri Miller Park 1 D Hill
2:45pm Alhambra-Union v Crescent North Ground *Old Crow Cup* L McGrannachan
2:45pm Toko v Harbour Milton P Tulloch
2:45pm Pirates v Kaikorai Hancock Park 2 R Cormack
2:45pm Strath Taieri v Taieri Middlemarch B Adie
Women Referee Assistant Referee
1:00pm University v North Otago University Oval 4 *NC scrums* R Dore
1:00pm Pirates v Alhambra-Union Hancock Park 2 *Nielson-McKenzie Cup* W Smith**
2:45pm Kaikorai v Southern Bishopscourt 2 C Gillett
Colts Div 1 Referee Assistant Referee
1:00pm OBHS v SBHS SBHS (27 May) SO Referee
1:00pm Dunedin v Pirates Kettle Park 2 E Brown
1:00pm Southern v Harbour Bathagte Park 1 D Kennedy J Wallace
1.00pm Alhambra-Union v University North Ground T Lucas S Hall & K Fowler
1:00pm Kaikorai v Taieri Bishopscourt 2 S Curran O Cambridge
Colts Div 2 Referee Assistant Referee
1:00pm Zingari-Richmond v Taieri Montecillo K McGrannachan
2:45pm Southern v Green Island Bathagte Park 1 F Hannon**
1:00pm Alhambra-Union v Dunedin Hammerheads Opoho 1 C Neilson
1:00pm University v Dunedin Dog Sharks University Oval 5 C Carroll
Dunedin Tigers Bye

Premiers defeat Kaikorai in close affair

In the first game of the 2nd round, the Premiers defeated Kaikorai 17-13 at Bathgate Park on Saturday in fine but cool conditions.
It is an early warning to the high flying Magpie team that the opposition they over ran in the first round will put up a stronger showing the second time around. The Magpies put 50 odd points against the same opposition in round 1, but this Kaikorai team were far more of a challenge.

The Premiers started very well and had 2 converted tries from well constructed play within 20 minutes. However they were held to only 3 points for the rest of the match, while Kaikorai slowly mounted more attack, and were only a metre out from scoring in the dying stages of the match.

The tactic of setting quick ruck ball then attacking the next zone with waiting pods and runners has been working well and was responsible for the 2 early tries, however Kaikorai showed that with an organised defence, that didn’t commit numbers to the ruck, they could spread wide and negate the Southern attack.

The Magpies did very well retaining possession but the lack of penetration caused player frustration that eventually led to errors. They also ended up on the wrong side of the referee who awarded multiple penalties against them, that kept Kaikorai in the game.

The challenge will have done the team plenty of good, and will make them assess other options if a team spreads across the field and shuts down key runners. The teams own defence was the equal of Kaikorai, and conceded only the 1 try, and scrambled well at the end to secure the victory.

Players to shine were forwards Adam Knight and Tim Ferguson, while Mika Mafi’s work rate was again high but he didn’t break the line as he had been doing over previous weeks.

Tai Walden’s return at Centre added punch to the backline, but the backline as a whole lacked some penetration and variation in attack, when fronted with a strong defensive line. Bryce Hosie continued his great form kicking or counter attacking well from fullback. Ben Patston’s long punting again found large territory gains.

The old trojan Warren Moffat played his 199th match, he made a 25m run down the touchline for a try, but was pushed out 1m short of the tryline. We encourage all supporters to get along this Saturday and celebrate Warren’s 200th match against Pirates at Hancock Park. Back at the SRFC Clubrooms at 6pm we will acknowledge Warrens contribution to the Premiers over such a long period (he started in 1998) and have a presentation and social occasion in his honour.

ODT REPORT and other results from the round.

Southern held on to withstand a furious finish from Kaikorai at Bathgate Park today, emerging 17-13 victors.

After a dominant first half in which they scored two outstanding tries to Kaikorai’s none, Southern were unable to put their opponents away, making too many mistakes.

Kaikorai hung in there and began to make inroads in the final 15 minutes, where they made a handful of breaks and began to look dangerous.

The Southern defence stood resolute though and despite conceding one try, they scrambled well to ensure Kaikarai could not find a way through.

With the final play of the game Kaikorai won a penalty and hammered the Southern line, only for the ball to be tied up, allowing the home side to escape with a narrow victory.

In other games Harbour had a convincing 34-10 win over Dunedin, University A beat Alhambra-Union 31-16, Zingari-Richmond beat Green Island 28-17 and Taieri beat Pirates 59-13.