Results 19th June
Premiers drew with Kaikorai 20-20
Premier Dev lost to Alhambra Union 31-24
Seniors lost to Green Island 11-7
Magpies Premier Colts beat Dunedin Makos 46-15
Ravens Championship Colts – Bye
Other Premier results:
Green Island 42 Dunedin 24
Taieri 49 Zingari 0
Alhambra-Union 20 Harbour 12
University the bye
Southern Match report courtesy of the ODT:
Southern was probably the happier of the sides to leave Bishopscourt with a draw.
The Magpies trailed Kaikorai 20-3 at the break.
But expectations began to swell as the gap narrowed and again, when the scores were locked 20-20.
It was Kaikorai, though, which had the opportunity to win the game in the dying moments.
Ben Miller attempted to slot a dropped goal but missed. Kaikorai also set up a lineout drive from 5m out but the defence was up to the challenge.
The home team controlled proceedings early. Kaikorai was picking off most of Southern’s lineout ball and taking advantage of a good portion of Southern’s mistakes to build pressure.
They also strung together some good phases.
Someone other than Jordan McEntee actually grabbed an intercept. The king will not be pleased but Ben Miller was happy with his effort.
He picked off a floater from Riku Kitahara and scuttled away.
Outside back Corey Miller also registered a five-pointer before the break.
Southern fell further behind when Slade McDowell crossed.
But powerful winger Timoci Tavatavanawai scored to cut the gap and the Magpies mounted further pressure through an utterly dominant scrum which eventually earned them a penalty try.
The draw has created a logjam in the standings. Green Island is clear at the top and Zingari-Richmond is well-entrenched at the bottom. But there are only seven points between the other seven teams.