Results 2nd May

Premiers drew 27-27 with Zingari Richmond
Premiers 2s beat Zingari Richmond 37-13
Magpie Colts beat Zingari Richmond 45-8 
Raven Colts beat University Gold 29-24
Womens lost to University 50-0

Premiers draw with Zingari

The Premiers had their first set back this season, registering a 27-27 draw with Zingari-Richmond on Saturday at Montecillo.
A week after the team’s great performance in defeating champions Taieri, theyknew they had to lift mentally to avoid dropping standards against a mid-table ranked side.

Zingari are always tough on their home patch – the Premiers had lost to them on Montecillo in their last encounter in 2014 – and so it proved on Saturday.

A couple of injuries, a couple of tough refereeing calls, and too many basic errors all contributed to a below par performance after the high standards set. However credit must go to Zingari for taking all of their chances, and showing any team can compete with any other in the Premier competition. 

The team must now regroup and get ready for one of their toughest games of the season against 2nd placed Harbour at the unforgiving Watson Park in Port Chalmers.  

Otago Daily Times Match Report:

Zingari Richmond 27
Southern 27

Zingari Richmond came within a whisker of causing a boilover over competition leader Southern at Montecillo.

The home side tied the game up right on fulltime when classy fullback Christian Walker went over out wide. Thomas Johnson struck the conversion well but it fell just outside the posts in the last act of the game.

It was a courageous effort from the Colours, who came back from a 24 10 deficit in the second half and made all the running in the last quarter of the game to snatch the draw.

The comeback was sparked by an interception by veteran loose forward Chris Bell, who scampered 60m to score.

Zingari Richmond kept up the momentum and was rewarded when impressive No8 Tom Cummins barged over.

Southern first five eighth Bryce Hosie added a penalty with five minutes left to push his side five points ahead, but the home team steamed back on attack and could not be denied.

Southern had started the game well but minds appeared to wander and it made too many sloppy errors. It went rather one dimensional and its backs drifted out of the game, and the draw dented its perfect record so far this season.

Cummins was a powerful force on the drive for Zingari while flanker Blair Tweed got through plenty of work.

Out wide, Lachie Moore impressed for the Colours and winger Chris McNoe was busy.

Southern No8 Mika Mafi made some nice runs but they mostly came to nothing, while the Southern set piece was on top throughout.

Other results:
Kaikorai 30 University A 22
Harbour 60 Green Island 5
Taieri 78 Alhambra Union 6
Dunedin 47 Pirates 16