Results 22nd May

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Premiers lost to Green Island 39-24
Premier Dev beat Alhambra Union 52-31
Seniors beat Crescent 72-19 (Cuddy Hale Memorial)
Magpies Premier Colts v Bye
Ravens Championship Colts beat Green Island Green 25-12

ODT Report:
Classy Green Island midfielder Ray Nu’u worked his magic to orchestrate a 39-24 victory against Southern at Miller Park on Saturday.

The second five-eighth had his hand in everything creative the Grizzlies came up with.

His ability to get away an offload meant he was a constant threat. He took the ball to the defence with intent and, if the gap closed, he shovelled the ball along the line.

Nu’u set the tone early with a bust and offload out of the back of his hand.

He was perfectly positioned to score his side’s second try. Great backing up and you could also put it down to smart play. He knew where he needed to be.

Winger Michael Manson scored next. It was a delightful try from a set piece.

He hit the line and ghosted through a gap, swerved around the last defender and used his pace to get himself to the corner.

It was rugby the way it used to be played — with skill, deception and pace. No big blokes grinding the ball up and boring the crowd silly.

Southern rallied in the second half. Fullback Obey Samate was creative and courageous in equal measure. Lock Harry Taylor was a reliable source of ball.

Outside back Timoci Tavatavanawai was hard/impossible to stop.

While this game was won by a slick effort by the Green Island backs in the opening 40 minutes, loose forwards Oliver Haig and Heath MacEwan are worth a special mention as well.

Haig linked nicely and MacEwan was tireless on defence.

Green Island will be hard to beat in this form.

Other Results:
Dunedin 29 Harbour 26
Taieri 25 Alhambra-Union 17
University 45 Zingari-Richmond 8
Kaikorai the bye