Taieri edge out Premiers in Roy Nepier Trophy match

Taieri retained its unbeaten record in Premier rugby beating Southern 25-15 at Peter Johnstone Park in warm sunny conditions to regain the Roy Nepier trophy.

It is the Magpies second loss in a row, and leaves them in 5th spot on the table after 5 rounds.
In an evenly matched game Taieri took the early lead and never relinquished it. The match saw plenty of endeavour from both teams but they also failed to convert opportunities – from goal kicking to open line try chances.

The magpies kept the game tight with regular forward ball runners, but the Taieri defence was ready for this and some variance and dummy runners would have been effective. Southern also put pressure on themselves at times trying to move the ball when a tactical kick may have been more effective. Their unforced errors contributed to their eventual downfall. After getting back to 18-15 with minutes remaining a late try due to a missed tackle sealed the game for Taieri.

Although he could have kicked more, Josh Ioane at 1st five, in his first game back from injury, showed his running and passing skills will be a real asset as the season continues. He moves onto the ball and challenges the inside defence with good footwork and an effective offload.

Centre Hemaua Samasoni had his best game of the season and continually made it over the advantage line using his size and strength, it should be noted that he is still a first year player out of Otago Boys HS and is still learning the game at this level.

Adam Knight was strong in defence as usual and a good ball winner in the lineout. Lock and 2015 captain Ryan Thompson returned from his break and played a good game, getting around the field well.

Next week the Magpies travel to the North Ground and will play a struggling Alhambra-Union in a must win match.

Results from other Matches (courtesy of the ODT):

Taieri chalked up its 16th successful defence of the Challenge Shield and remains unbeaten this season following a 25-15 victory over Southern.

Kurt Hammer provided the spark from halfback while the Scott brothers Willis and Mitchell were also instrumental.

Harbour brushed aside Alhambra-Union 45-22 but the competition’s cellar dweller picked up a four-try bonus point as a consolation.

Former Highlander Neil Brew guided Zingari-Richmond to a 43-29 win against Pirates, while Kaikorai produced a strong finish to beat Green Island 47-17.

University A held off Dunedin to win 23-17 in the game of the round. Dunedin blew several golden opportunities to snatch a win at the death.


Results from April 16th

Premiers lost to Taieri 25-15
Premier 2 lost to Dunedin 42-10
Magpie Colts had a bye
Raven Colts beat Dunedin Tigers 43-0
Southern Unicol lost to Dunedin Dog Sharks 53-14
Women had a bye

Club Results

Premier: Lost 35-10 to University
Premier 2: Lost to Eastern 37-17
Magpie Colts (Prem): Beat University Blue 31-17. Ross Mee Memorial Trophy
Raven Colts (Junior): Beat Pirates 72-5
Women: Lost to University 48-10

Southern well beaten by University A

University showed their superior speed and skill in the backs and strong defence to deservedly win Saturday’s clash 35-10 at Bathgate Park.

The forward clash was reasonably even with the set piece being a good contest. The Varsity defence repelled the threat of the strong Southern forward runners and this took away any threat that Magpies could offer on the day. Mika Mafi and Adam Knight were as busy and effective as ever with Mafi scoring Southern’s only try, but the forwards as a unit didn’t get the dominance they hoped to.

The backs were disappointing and didn’t threaten the University defence. They made too many errors and took wrong options. Tei Walden was released from the Highlanders late in the week which strengthened the midfield, but winger Ryan Tongia was withdrawn due to an injury which was a blow. With regular starters Josh Gordon, Bryce Hosie, Josh Walden and Josh Ioane all missing from the backs, it explained why our inexperienced backs weren’t quite on the same level as their more dangerous opponents, but the experience will be valuable for the future.

While the score blew out, it certainly isn’t all doom and gloom, and it gives the team a good idea of the level needed to win the grade with University appearing the favourite for the title at this stage of the season.

Southern drop to 4th equal on the table with Taieri remaining unbeaten after 3 games. The Magpies take on leaders Taieri at Peter Johnstone Park this Saturday for the Roy Nieper Trophy.

Other Club Results:
Taieri 42 beat Alhambra Union 26
Kaikorai 64 beat Pirates 10
Dunedin 79 beat Zingari Richmond 7
Harbour 55 beat Green Is 17