Results – 17th July
Premiers lost to Green Island 28-17. Eliminated from playoffs (Top 6)
Seniors beat Strath Taieri 26-15 (Top 6 playoff)
Magpie Colts beat Taieri 34-10
Ravens Colts lost to Taieri 24-0
Ravens Colts lost to University Gold 20-19
Other Premier Results:
Taieri beat Kaikorai 34-11
University beat Harbour 37-35
Match Report Courtesy of the ODT:
Green Island took a punt on holding back its star trio until halftime and Southern had the bigger stack of chips at the break.
It led 14-7 at Miller Park and the foundation for an upset in the top-six playoff match had been established.
But the moment James Arscott started snapping off passes and Dylan Nel began hitting rucks, the momentum swung.
Midfielder Ray Nu’u arguably made the largest impact in the 28-17 win, though.
He was in devastating form. When he was not bumping off tackles, he was flicking on offloads.
Nu’u combined nicely with centre Levi Harmon to get in behind the Southern defence early in the second spell.
Arscott cleared the rucks quickly and veteran front-rower Peter Mirrielees eventually got himself to the front of the queue and crashed over for a try in his 250th premier appearance.
Loose forward Sean Jansen nabbed several lineout steals and pilfered another off the Magpies to set up Green Island’s third try.
That great work was eventually rewarded when he drove over from close range moments later.
Jakob Te Hiwi got on the end of the line to complete the scoring for Green Island and round off an impressive second half for the home side.
Southern had its moments. Fullback Obey Samate drilled four penalties.
Experienced No8 Mika Mafi made some probing runs, while fellow loose forward Bradley Horne made some crucial tackles.
First five Riku Kitahara had some nice touches as well.
Green Island was too good with the A team on, though. But the reason it delayed the entry of Nel, Arscott and Nu’u is because the three are likely to be missing for the semifinal against Kaikorai this weekend. Otago duties call and Green Island is a different side without them.