The Premiers scored a convincing win over Kaikorai in atrocious conditions at Bishopscourt on Saturday winning 31-10.
Despite the soaking rain and howling southerly blowing straight down the ground, the Magpies gave their most complete performances since the early rounds.
The forwards dominated the game and the conditions forced them to play to their strengths with close runners that Kaikorai couldn’t contain. The return of halfback Josh Walden from injury gave the team an added bow and his experience and composure in the conditions was valuable.
Kaikorai had their share of possession and territory but relied on kicking that they couldn’t gain any benefit from. The Magpies varied their game and showed good handling skills in the conditions. The team scored 4 tries and picked up a valuable bonus point. Tries were scored by Mika Mafi (2), Tai Walden and Josh Gordon.
The supporters, despite been soaked through, were happy to see the team perform well and also see the team nearing full strength after a disrupted couple of months of injuries. On Saturday only lock Ryan Thompson was missing from our full strength team. The team will have to do without key no 8 Mika Mafi for a few games through June after his selection for Tonga was confirmed. It was a proud moment in the Club when he was recognised for his international selection.
The win pulls Southern up the table and within 1 win of the top 4, while it nearest challengers for the 4th spot Kaikorai and Taieri both lost. Dunedin knocked leaders Harbour off the top of the table to maintain 3rd and University now hold top spot.
The Premiers take on Zingari-Richmond at Bathgate Park on Saturday at 2.45pm.
Premiers beat Kaikorai 31-10
Premier 2s beat Zingari 110
Women lost to Pirates 71-5
Magpie Colts beat Kaikorai 41-12
Raven Colts lost to Zingari 18-14 (Bob Cuthbert Memorial)
Unipol Colts beat Clutha 12-10
Matt Stuart who played in our Premier 2 team has tragically been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Friends and family have organised a fundraiser for Matt in the rugby club on the 29th May between 1-4pm.
We urge all club members and supporters to get along and support Matt and his young son.