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Southern v Taieri (01.05.21)

Around the grounds in premier matches this afternoon, Southern turned a 18 to 7 halftime lead into a 35 to 28 win in a match that saw Southern dominate territory and possession in the first half. Taieri drew the scores close in the second half before late tries to Southern sealed the win. At Miller Park Green Island drew win Harbour 20 all, meaning Green Island retain the Speights Challenge Shield while at Montecillo University had a 40 to 17 victory over Zingari Richmond. In town at the North Ground Dunedin were victorious over Alhambra Union by 30 to 12.

In the Premier Women’s grade University defeated Alhambra Union 44 – 10 on Tuesday night while on Friday night in Oamaru the Waitaki Wahine had a big win over Big River Country running out winners 55 to 27. Today at the University Oval Pirates defeated University 37 to 33 while at Miller Park Alhambra Union had a 100 to 7 win over Green Island.

Results From Around The Grounds
Metro Premier Men
Green Island drew with Harbour – 20 all
Southern defeated Taieri – 35 to 28
University defeated Zingari Richmond – 40 to 17
Dunedin defeated Alhambra Union – 30 to 12

Metro Premier Women
University defeated Alhambra Union – 44 to 10 (Tuesday night)
Waitaki Wahine defeated Big River Country – 55 to 27 (Friday night)
Pirates defeated University 37 to 33
Alhambra Union defeated Green Island – 100 to 7

Central Region
Cromwell Goats defeated Upper Clutha – 24 to 23 (Thursday night) Alexandra defeated Cromwell Cavaliers – 29 to 10 (Thursday night) Maniototo defeated Matakanui-Combined – 14 to 13 (Friday)
Wakatipu defeated Arrowtown – 18 to 10

Southern Region
**No games for the Southern Region this week**

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University v Kaikorai (24.04.21)

Around the grounds in premier matches this afternoon, Kaikorai defeated University 26 to 22 at Logan Park while over at the North Ground Alhambra Union were victorious over Southern with a 33 to 14 win. At Peter Johnson Park Green Island defeated Taieri 20 to 18 to win the Speights Challenge Shield while at Kettle Park Zingari Richmond ran out 17 to 16 winners over Dunedin. In the premier Women’s grade Pirates won on the road beating Waitaki Wahine 41 to 24 in Oamaru while in Balclutha Big River Country defeated Alhambra Union 41 to 29. In the other match Green Island defaulted to University.

Results From Around The Grounds

Metro Premier Men
Kaikorai defeated University – 26 to 22
Southern defeated Alhambra Union defeated Southern – 33 to 14
Green Island defeated Taieri – 20 to 18
Zingari Richmond defeated Dunedin – 17 to 16

Metro Premier Women
University defeated Green Island by default
Pirates defeated Waitaki Wahine – 41 to 24
Big River Country defeated Alhambra Union – 41 to 29

Southern Region
Owaka defeated Clinton – 29 to 13
Toko defeated Roxburgh – 36 to 22
West Taieri defeated Clutha – 19 to 8

Central Region
Arrowtown defeated Cromwell Cavaliers – 61 to 15
Cromwell Goats defeated Wakatipu – 31 to 17
Alexandra defeated Matakanui Combined – 35 to 15
Upper Clutha defeated Maniototo – 35 to 24

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Momentum Swing

Zingari Richmond v Green Island (17.04.21)

Rugby really is a game of momentum and turning it can be a tricky tasks. On Saturday, Green Island were scoring at a point a minute in the first half to be leading 40 – 0 at half time. The second half however was a completely different story with Zingari spending long periods on attack. Unfortunately for the Dragons the damage was already done in the first half. Green Island won the match 50 – 24.

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Heated Words

Zingari Richmond v Green Island (17.04.21)

What’s rugby without a few debates over decisions. Usually it’s from spectators on the sideline however occasionally the coach gets the ear of the referee like in this series of shots. It all started when a strong Green Island scrum got the better of the Zingari pack just before halftime. With the Zingari coaching staff unhappy with the angle of the Green Island drive, a heated discussion then took place between Zingari Richmond coach Craig Sneddon, Referee Brandon Hale and Assistant Referee Chris Hart. I believe by the end of 80 minutes everyone shook hands and headed off for a beer.

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Zingari Richmond v Green Island (17.04.21)

Around the grounds in premier matches this afternoon, University defeated Harbour 47 to 38 at Forsyth Barr Stadium while over at Bishopscourt Kaikorai were victorious over Southern with a 27 to 25 win. At Peter Johnson Park Taieri defeated Dunedin 21 to 19 while at Montecillo Green Island ran out 50 to 24 winners over Zingari Richmond. In the premier Women’s grade University won on the road in Oamaru, beating the Waitaki Wahine 56 to 5. Down south in Balclutha Big River Country won 69 to 0 at home over Green Island while here in town Alhambra Union defeated Pirates 62 to 35 at the North Ground

Results From Around The Grounds

Metro Premier Men
University defeated Harbour – 47 to 38
Green Island defeated Zingari Richmond – 50 to 24
Kaikorai defeated Southern – 27 to 25
Taieri defeated Dunedin – 21 to 19

Metro Premier Women
University defeated Waitaki Wahine – 56 to 5
Alhambra Union defeated Pirates – 62 to 35
Big River Country defeated Green Island – 69 to 0

Southern Region
West Taieri defeated Clinton – 47 to 0
Heriot defeated Crescent – 35 to 21
Owaka defeated Roxburgh – 24 to 5
Clutha defeated Toko – 60 to 0

Central Region
Cromwell Goats defeated Arrowtown – 33 to 17
Cromwell Cavaliers drew with Maniototo – 23 all
Upper Clutha defeated Matakanui 51 to 0
Wakatipu defeated Alexandra – 31 to 7

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That home record

Green Island Women v Waitaki Wahine (10.04.21)

Well, the Highlanders went down last night under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium in extra-time thanks to a Damian McKenzie penalty. The loss now means the Highlanders home record is looking fairly average with the side now having lost 5 matches in a row. Actually, the Highlanders last victory at home was a 28 – 27 win over the Chiefs on Saturday 13th June 2020. Since then, they finished the season at home last year with losses to the Crusaders and the Blues while this year they have gone down to the Crusaders, the Hurricanes and now the Chiefs.

On a brighter note the Premier Women’s grade kicked off yesterday here in Dunedin with the Waitaki Wahine beating Green Island 22 to 0 while Big River Country from Balclutha got a first up win over the Pirates Wahine 36 to 33. So, before you head out to enjoy the sunshine here’s a few more images for you to enjoy.

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