Results – Sat 10th April
Premiers lost to Harbour 26-22
Premier Dev lost to Taieri lost 30-22
Seniors beat Harbour 46-5
Played earlier –
Premier Colts beat Alhambra Union 50-7
Championship Colts beat University Gold 12-7
Match Report: Courtesy of the ODT
Harbour edged Southern 26-22 in a cracking season-opener at Watson Park on Saturday.
But the Magpies got in the best one-liner you will hear in club rugby this year.
When the ball had splashed down in Otago Harbour for the third or fourth time, someone issued the instruction not to kick it in the water “because we are running out of balls”.
“That’s because you’ve spent all your money on your players,” came the response from a sharp-witted Southern front-rower.
Too funny not to share.
But that Southern front-rower was in a losing battle up front. The Hawks dominated the scrums.
Huge prop Saula Ma’u had too much power.
There is some talent out wide, as well. Winger Viliami Fine has pace, power, skill and he is awfully hungry.
Midfielder Willie Tufui is another recent arrival at the club and he certainly knows how to bump tacklers. He scored an important second half try for the Hawks, while winger Mone Palu bagged a first-half double, including an intercept from 70m out to help his side take a 12-5 lead into the break.
Southern stayed in the match through some clever positional kicking from Riku Kitahara. Outside back Mackenzie Haugh scored a brace of tries and fullback Obey Samate dodged his way past plenty of traffic.
Loose forward Brad Horne had a strong game and experienced No8 Mika Mafi hit the ball up a lot.
But a couple of defensive lapses by the backs proved costly.
Kaikorai 36 Dunedin 16
Taieri 27 University 24
Green Island 24 Alhambra-Union 15