Results Sat 17th April
Premier lost to Kaikorai 27-25
Premier Dev defaulted to Eastern
Seniors beat Strath Taieri 52-12
Premier Magpie Colts beat Taieri 18-16
Championship Ravens Colts lost to Kaikorai Undertakers 37-20
Premier Report: (Courtesy of the ODT)
Kaikorai snatched a last minute four-try bonus point 27-25 victory against an imposing Southern side in a start-stop affair at Bishopscourt.
Southern was camped inside the Kaikorai half for the majority of the first half. But it was the home side which turned its rare incursions in Southern territory into points, through tries to flankers Slade McDowall and Jake Russ.
And just as it appeared it was heading to dot down for a third and run away with a one-sided victory, it turned the ball over. Southern fullback Obey Samate burst 70m up field only for desperate defence to force his progress close to the touchline 20m out.
His clever kick ahead was then gathered in by replacement first five-eighth Jack Leslie, who dived over for the try. Samate added the extras to put the visiting side back in the contest with a halftime score favouring Kaikorai 15-10.
Buoyed by Leslie’s try, Southern dominated the early exchanges after the break, capitalising through two tries in quick succession to halfback Graham Urquhart, to hold a 22-15 lead.
As both sides cleared their benches, the game meandered until the final 10 minutes when Kaikorai burst into life, eventually scoring through lock Zack McKenzie in the 77th minute and replacement hooker Mitch Pryde in the final play of the game.
Kaikorai was well-served by McKenzie, No8 Christian Lio-Willie and first five-eighth Ben Miller. Urquhart delivered good clean ball to an enterprising Southern backline, in which Samate always posed as a threat.
University 47 Harbour 38
Taieri 21 Dunedin 19
Green Island 50 Zingari-Richmond 24
Alhambra-Union the bye