Warren Moffat celebrates 200th match with win against Pirates

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Warren Moffat joined good mate Luke Herden in joining the exclusive club of 200 Premier matches for the Southern RFC last Saturday. He helped the team to defeat a spirited Pirates team 49-29 at Hancock Park.

Detailed records prior to the mid 70s were not as accurate as we have today and those feats weren’t quite so celebrated in those rugby times, so a couple of former players from that era are also estimated to be in the 200 Club (eg Bob Crawford and Gary Seear). Herden (Premiers1998) and Moffat (1999) both came from Kings HS, played in our Magpie Colts and then showed longevity and loyalty to bring up such a meritorious milestones. The Club duly celebrated Moff’s achievement with 200 game presentations and a video display that included many past players appearing with humorous memories of their time playing with Moff. The Club hummed late into the night, and showed that achievements in Club rugby – the core of the game – are still very important in our rugby fabric.

With Warren Moffat playing in his favoured loose head position, the Premiers started well and scored 2 well constructed tries, however Pirates remained in the contest and took advantage of some
average Southern defence to bring the score back to 25-22 just after halftime. Although it wasn’t their best performance of the season, the Magpies still went on to score 49 points but never put Pirates away. Bryce Hosie’s accurate goal kicking maximised most tries scored and penalties kicks offered.

Adam Knight was prominent in open and tight play from the flank, and Joe Weatherall in his first season in the team continues to look like a Premier hooker of quality. Openside flanker Ethan Perrett had his best game for the Premiers. Ryan Thompson returning from a shoulder injury was a strong lineout forward.

Tai Walden played well at 2nd five and is the team’s strongest leader, Centre Nathan Cargo showed strength close to the line to score a good try. Bryce Hosie in his 50th and Blazer game, had another solid game at fullback and is thriving being injury free this season, he switched to 1st five in the second half.

The bonus point win maintains our top equal spot with Taieri and Harbour, while Dunedin sits in 4th spot and will battle this position out with University A.

ODT Summary
Taieri Harbour and Southern all recorded impressive bonus point wins on Saturday to keep pace with one another at the top of the Dunedin premier competition.

While Taieri and Southern predictably beat Green Island and Pirates respectively, Harbour needed a second half surge to overcome a spirited University A side.

Alhambra Union beat an error ridden Kaikorai side, while Dunedin picked up a much needed win over Zingari Richmond.

Dunedin beat Zingari 19-11
Alhambra Union beat Kaikorai 27-20
Taieri beat Green Is 43-17
Harbour beat University A 38-31