Results from 1st May
Premiers beat Taieri 35-28
Premier Dev lost to Green Is (Paddy Roberts Memorial) 69-0
Seniors lost to Kaikorai 39-19
Magpies Premier Colts lost to Dunedin Makos 32-24
Ravens Championship Colts lost to Kaikorai Cobras 27-7
Premier Match Report (Courtesy of ODT)
The defending champions have been vanquished again.
This time Taieri knows exactly where to point the finger.
The Eels produced a rubbish opening 40 minutes against a hungry Southern side at Bathgate Park.
Taieri played some of its worst football in three years and went into the break trailing 18-7.
The deficit should have been larger but halfback Bob Martin provided a nippy effort to score from broken play in the opening 10 minutes.
Southern dominated up front. The large figure of Highlanders lock Pari Pari Parkinson stood out, and No 8 Tofatuimoana Solia proved a handful as well.
Right-winger Timoci Tavatavanawai was a constant threat and the best player on the park, while fullback Obey Samate enhanced his reputation with another classy display at the back.
Jack Leslie was impressive at first five-eighth as well.
Taieri rallied in the second spell. It fought back to trail 30-28 with five minutes remaining.
But Southern scored with four minutes remaining to clinch its first win this season.
Last weekend Taieri came unstuck against a determined Green Island side. That game could have gone either way.
But Southern earned its victory on Saturday.
The upside for Taieri was Martin bagged a second try and looks to have returned to form after a long injury battle.
University 40 Zingari-Richmond 17
Dunedin 30 Alhambra-Union 12
Green Island 20 Harbour 20
Kaikorai the bye