Taieri Win 2021 Banner

Green Island v Taieri, Final, (31.07.21)Taieri celebrate winning the 2021 Banner

Taieri has won the 2021 Premier Banner with a 21 to 17 win over Green Island at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.

For the Taieri side, today’s win is their fifth banner in eleven years having previously won the title in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2020 and having made eight finals in the last eleven years. Leading 12 points to 10 at halftime, the Taieri side went on to claim the banner for the Peter Johnstone Park based side with a solid defensive effort.

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Storm defeat Spirit

The Farah Palmer Cup

Otago Spirit v Auckland Storm (25.07.21)Luisa Togotogorua of the Auckland Storm during the Farah Palmer Cup match between the Otago Spirit and the Auckland Storm played at the University Oval in Dunedin.

The Auckland Storm have beaten the Otago Spirit in the Round 2 clash of the Farah Palmer Cup, played at the University Oval this afternoon.

Competing in the Premiership, the Auckland Storm entered the match have defeated the Bay of Plenty Volcanix 44 – 12 in their first round match the previous weekend, while the Otago Spirit went down to the Wellington Pride, 13 – 5 in Wellington.

In a tight contest for most of the match, it was the Otago Spirit who opened the scoring and eventually went into halftime only behind by 1 point as Auckland had a 13-12 lead at the break. The tight contest continued for most of the second half, however it was in the final 15 minutes when the Auckland side pulled record a 39 to 15 victory.

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Dunedin premier rugby semifinal highlights

Full Time – Around The Grounds

The Saturday Wrap

Green Island vs Kaikorai, Semi Final (24.07.21)Sean Jansen of Green Island is caught in tackle during the Dunedin Premier club rugby semi final between Green Island and Kaikorai played at Miller Park in Dunedin.

Green Island and Taieri will clash in next Saturday’s club final after both sides recorded comprehensive victories in semifinals today.

Green Island got home at Miller Park as the No 1 ranked side produced a solid all-round display on the back of a dominant forward to secure a place in next week’s final. Leading 15 to 6 at the break, Green Island added 29 points in the second spell to record a 44 – 18 victory.

At the University Oval , Taieri led 22 to 3 at the break before adding 12 points in the second half to win 34 to 8 and book their place in the final.

Results From Around The Grounds
Metro Premier Men (Semi Finals)
Green Island defeated Kaikorai – 44 to 18
Taieri defeated Otago University – 34 to 8

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Throwback

Semi Final, Harbour v Dunedin, University Oval. (16.07.16)Nualia Dawai of Harbour makes a break down the touchline during the 2016 Dunedin club rugby semi final between Harbour and Dunedin played at the University Oval on Saturday 16th July 2016. Dunedin defeated Harbour 21 to 20 to make the 2016 final against Kaikorai.

This time of year seems to come around faster every year! Of course, it can be a different story for the players and coaches. The local club semi final’s at the Grassroots level of New Zealand rugby always throws up a wonderful opportunity to see some quality (and intense) rugby. Before kick off tomorrow, take a picture walk through some of the previous semi finals in the Dunedin competition.

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