Results 24th April
Premiers lost to Alhambra Union 33-14
Prem Dev beat Harbour Hawks 24-17
Seniors beat Alhambra Union 17-5
Magpie Colts lost to Harbour 38-10
Raven Colts lost to Dunedin Hammerheads 22-7
Premier Match Report (Courtesy of the ODT)
Alhambra-Union 33 Southern 14
Southern are short of fatties up front but it was out wide where the Magpies were made to pay.
Alhambra-Union bagged five tries — four of them in a wonderful opening 40 minutes — to set up a 33-14 win at the North Ground.
Winger Isaac Milne cashed in first. He scored after five minutes thanks to a nice build-up by the home team.
Alhambra-Union’s tight five was able to match a Southern pack which is down on muscle.
With a even share of the ball, the Broncos backline got plenty of opportunities.
The secret was keeping the ball alive and waiting for the inevitable gaps to open.
Jona Nareki’s brother, Peceli Malanicagi, grabbed the first of his two tries from a set move from a scrum. He got the ball with about 20m to travel and put his sidestep into action to get there.
Halfback Noah Hotham cleared the ball well and gave those outside him a few extra seconds. That proved valuable.
Lock Levi Turoa was impressive in the lineout.
Alhambra-Union led 26-7 at the break but Southern scored quickly to narrow the gap to 26-14.
The score was unchanged until Alhambra-Union captain John Tapueluelu scored midway through the half in his 50th premier game for the club.
Fullback Ben McCarthy had a busy game and was instrumental in good percentage of the tries, while his Southern opposite Obeys Samate presented a constant threat and he kicked well into space. Hooker Joe Cairns had a tidy game as well.
Green Island 20 Taieri 18
Zingari-Richmond 17 Dunedin 16
Kaikorai 26 University 22