West Taieri No 8 David McNeill during the 2013 senior final
against Strath Taieri. West Taieri seniors will have
another shot in the final this year, against Eastern. Photo
by Georgie Daniell.
It will be a big weekend for rugby fans on the Taieri
with the chance to win a trifecta of grades.
The Taieri premier side continued on its march to the title
with a 20-3 victory over Dunedin in the premier semifinal at
University Oval on Saturday.
Played in wet conditions, with the rain bucketing down at
times, Taieri was in control for the whole contest against
the only side it has lost to this year.
The Taieri team led 10-3 at the break and a try early in the
second half to winger Shannon Young sealed the win for the
It was sweet revenge for Taieri, which lost to Dunedin in
last year's final.
It will face University A in the final. Taieri had beaten the
students twice this year already but both have been close
Highlanders first five-eighth Hayden Parker may be available
for Taieri though no decision will be made until later in the
In the premier two final, the same two sides will meet -
Taieri and University.
The Taieri premier 2 side got through the final after a
nailbiting win over Southern.
The game was locked up 21-all at fulltime at Bathgate Park
but Taieri scored a try early in the first half of extra time
and managed to hang on in the mud in South Dunedin.
This game is scheduled to be played at University Oval at
noon on Saturday.
In the senior grade, West Taieri had a convincing win over
Harbour and will face Eastern at Outram on Saturday in the
West Taieri has been unbeaten all season and will be looking
for the win to complete a dream season and also exact revenge
for last year.
It lost the final last year by one point to Strath Taieri.
Club rugby finals:
• Premier grade - Taieri v University A, Forsyth Barr
Stadium, Saturday, 2.30pm.
• Premier 2 grade - Taieri v University A, University
Oval, Saturday, noon.
• Senior grade - West Taieri v Eastern, Outram,
• Buses will leave Taieri RFC, Peter Johnstone Park, at 11am
to University Oval and 1.30pm to Forsyth Barr Stadium,
returning to the club rooms. The club rooms will be open to
supporters from 4pm.