Referee Nigel McLachlan – buy

Speaking of milestones being celebrated this weekend in Owaka, referee Nigel McLachlan is controlling his 150th premier match. He brings up this impressive milestone with the fixture between West Taieri and Owaka. Congratulations Nigel and best of luck.

Two Hundred

Kent Duncan of West Taieri – buy

Congratulations to West Taieri club legend Kent Duncan who plays his 200th game for the West Taieri club against Owaka this weekend. With the length of the club season and the amount of games teams play, reaching this milestone a truly worthy achievement. Best of luck and go well in Owaka this weekend.

Out West

Oceania Ioane of Crescent during the Southern Regional Premier club rugby match between West Taieri and Crescent, played at the Outram Domain in Outram on Saturday 11th May, 2024. © John Caswell / – buy

Is one had spice! Every tackle meant something and every tackle hurt! These were two sides that weren’t going to give an inch over 80 minutes and it was Crescent that came out on top.

Early on, it was West Taieri that took the lead through the boot of Callum Smeaton before Crescent struck back with two tries to take a 14 to 9 lead into halftime. Following the break, further Smeaton penalties put West Taieri back in front before Crescent took control of the match. They scored converted tries in the 61st and 66th minutes and added a late penalty to claim an impressive victory on Outram.

If this match taught us anything, it’s that West Taieri remain a tough team to beat and that at this stage, Crescent are more than up to the task to be a major player in this year’s competition.

Chase Owen of Crescent – buy
Mananui Keane of Crescent – buy
Referee Nigel McLachlan – buy
Supporters during the Southern Regional Premier club rugby match between West Taieri and Crescent – buy
Luke Moeke of West Taieri – buy

Seventy Seven

Pari Pari Parkinson of Southern stands in a tackle during the Metro Premier club rugby match between Harbour and Southern played at Watson Park in Dunedin on Saturday 4th May, 2024. © – buy

Southern 77 – Harbour 19
It’s not often the Harbour faithful have to watch their side go down at Watson Park, let alone conceded over fifty! Yet, a rampant Southern side dominated from start to finish to claim a solid 77 to 19 victory.

Despite the final scoreline, it was Harbour that opened the scoring with tries to No 8 Noaese Foaitua and halfback Tetauru Cuthers. That was the spark the Southern side needed as they went on to run in 7 first half tries to take a 50-12 lead at halftime. Another 5 tries in the second half ensured Southern secured a healthy victory over a Harbour team that was looking for a good performance to celebrate Solomon Pole’s 150 preimier match.

For Southern, Highlanders lock Pari Pari Parkinson was a domiatant figure, as was Harry Taylor and Jordan Dwight while in the backs Josh Timu, Levi Emery and Mackenzie Palmer were constant threats.

Levi Emery of Southern – buy
Konrad Toleafoa of Southern – buy
Pari Pari Parkinson of Southern – buy
Max Brown of Harbour – buy
Paul Tupai and Tafa Tafa Laulu of Southern – buy

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